Top 7 Hanoi Street Food That Tourists CANNOT Miss
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Hanoi is home to one of the most diverse and unique street food in Asia and in the world, with street food vendors on the streets and on the pavements, tourists will sure have the best time exploring this flavorful rustic side of Vietnamese cuisine.

1. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Fried Pancake)

Bánh xèo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely beThis “Vietnamese pancake” has a yellow outer layer and is filled with boiled pork strips, shrimp, bean sprouts and spring onion. Though some people might prefer to use chopsticks to directly eat bánh xèo, the best way to enjoy it is eating with your hands. First, take a piece of bánh xèo and put it on the rice paper. Add fresh vegetables that are always served with the dish (there’re a lot of vegetables to choose, but lettuce, Vietnamese perilla, basil and bean sprouts are the most common) and roll them tightly. With each bite, don’t forget to dip the roll into the sauce.lieved to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam. The word xèo depicts the sizzling sound when pouring the rice batter into the hot skillet.

Address: Bánh xèo Hàng Bồ – 22 Hàng Bồ Street, Hoàn Kiếm District

Distance from our hotel: 650 m - 8 min walk

2. Banh ngo/khoai/chuoi (Vietnamese Fried Corn/ Sweet Potato / Banana Cake)

Like grilled corn, Vietnamese youtiao, boiled snails…, fried banana cake and fried potato cake are the two cakes that everyone in Hanoi loves whenever the winter comes. Strangely, the cakes are almost neatly, submerged with oil, sugar, and powder but many people love them so much. In fact, the winter would not be winter without small mobile fried banana, potato cake diners on the sidewalks.

  • Address: 1 Hàng Điếu, Quận Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
  • Time: 13:00 - 19:00
  • Price: 8.000 VND/cake
  • Distance from our hotel: 1.2 km - 7 min by car

3. Banh Goi (Fried Pillow Cake)

Pillow cake, with the crunchy crust and the soft, yellow stuffings with fungus, vermicelli, pork … is one of the scrumptious street food dishes for visitors to Hanoi. Fried pillow cake is served with fresh vegetables and sauce. It can be wrapped in rice paper for greater impression. There are some inns famous for delicious fried pillow cake in Hanoi that you can represent to a foreign friend, such as Doi Can fried pillow cake and Ton Duc Thang pillow cake. In fact, fried pillow cake is also one of the best street foods in Hanoi tourists should try!

Address: 52 Lý Quốc Sư, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Distance from our hotel: 950 m - 5 min walk

4. Banh Tom Ho Tay (West Lake Crispy Shrimp Cake)

Banh tom is a shrimp patty specialty original from the area around West Lake (Ho Tay) in Hanoi. First, the dough is made with wheat flour, cornstarch, fresh water, egg, salt, pepper, turmeric powder and sweet potato. This is dipped into cooking oil and the shrimps are placed on top. The whole thing is deep fried for about 5 minutes until the shrimp pancakes become golden brown. The patty is usually served with fish sauce. You’ll find this specialty at Banh Tom Ho Tay.

Address: Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Distance from our hotel: 3.2 km - 12 min by car

Tel: +84 4 3829 3737

5. Oc (Snails)

Nothing is more appealing to enjoy in these winter days when the cold wind comes than snails stir fried with coconut, tamarind, lemongrass, chili, or simply boiled snails dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce. Across Hanoi, it is very easy to find diners which sell snails with a lot of different recipes. Although it comes to snail dishes in major, the snail diners also sell other Vietnam street food such as other seafood dishes, fried sour meat pie, fried potatoes, fried sweet potatoes, fruits, salad…

Address:  1A Đinh Liệt, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Distance from our hotel: 500 m - 3 min walk

6. Banh Mi Ha Noi (Hanoi Sandwich)

This is also a delicious street food in Hanoi which is highly appreciated by a lot of international culinary magazines. Bread, stuffed with meat, pickles, eggs, sausage, or pâté, is the favorite dish of many Vietnamese people, and it also makes Western infatuated when they arrive in Hanoi and try this dish. From the bread which is originated from France, Vietnamese people have many variations of this delicious sandwich, making anyone who has tried it can not forget.

Address:  25 Hàng Cá, P, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Distance from our hotel: 950 m - 12 min walk

7. Bun Dau Mam Tom (Vermicelli Served With Tofu And Shrimp Paste)

Vermicelli served with tofu and shrimp paste or shrimp sauce is a simple, rustic dish in the Northern Vietnam’s cuisine in general and Hanoi’s cuisine in particular. This dish is usually served as a snack or a light meal. The main ingredients of Bun Dau Mam Tom are fresh vermicelli, crunchy fried tofu, shrimp paste mixed with lemon, chilli, and sugar, and it is served with aromatic vegetables such as shiso, marjoram, basil, lettuce … Like other folk dishes with cheap price, Bun Dau Mam Tom attracts many people with low income so that the earning of the sellers are really high.

Address: 27/31 Hàng Khay, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Distance from our hotel: 750 m - 9 min walk


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