Top Vietnamese Noodle Dishes in Hanoi Old Quarter
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1. Pho Bo + Pho Ga (Beef Pho - Chicken Pho)

Pho Bo is arguably the most well-known of all Vietnamese soups. It was inspired by French settlers who commonly ate beef, where Vietnamese traditionally preferred pork, chicken, and fish (whilst using cattle as work animals). Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the number of soup kitchens has risen significantly and Pho Bo has become the favorite dish for breakfast and dinner in Hanoi, and throughout Vietnam.

Phở gà (chicken pho) is lighter than beef pho, and it is a natural remedy for a common cold. Similar to beef pho, it is usually served with chopped spring onions, coriander, onion slices and also quẩy, deep-fried flour-based snacks that are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Locals tend to dip them into their soup to let them absorb the tasty broth. The Vietnamese prefer chicken thighs to breasts, so chicken thigh pho is a little more expensive.

You can find it at: Pho Bo – 49 Bat Dan street or 34 Au Trieu (Price: VND 40,000 – 55,000)  ; Pho Ga – 15 Hang Hom street (Price: VND 30,000 – 40,000)

Distance from our hotel: 750 m - 9 min walk 

2. Bun Cha (Vermicelli with Grilled Pork)

Bun Cha has long been in a list of most favorite food by Vietnamese people. You can see them eating Bun Cha at any time of the day whether it’s morning or late at night. The grilled meat eating together with vermicelli rice noodles originates in Hanoi for more than 60 years ago and still standing strong. The combination of meats, rice noodles, fresh herbs and sweet broth can easily satisfy anyone likes. 

You can find it at: Obama shop – 24 Le Van Huu or 34 Hang Than 

Price: VND 35,000 – 50,000

Distance from our hotel: 1.9 km - 8  min by car

3. Bun Thang ( Hot rice noodle)

Yes, Hanoi is a paradise of noodles. You can’t count how many kinds of noodle that Hanoi proudly has. However, to my opinion, the special, signature noodle that you can only find the best in Hanoi is Bun Thang. The “Thang” in its name origins from the way the dish is prepared. Because it takes so many ingredients to perfect the dish that people link the process  to the process of old Vietnamese pharmacists prepare herbal medicine for their clients/patient .

You can find it at: 22 Hang Trong street
Price: VND 35,000 – 45,000

Distance from our hotel: 700 m - 9 min walk


4. Pho Xao (Stir fried Pho)

This is like Vietnam’s version of chow mien, using pho noodles! The rice noodles are wok fried with greens and meat (most likely, beef).

You can find it at: 66 Cua Bac street or 11 Hang Buom street 

Price: VND ~70,000

Distance from our hotel: 650 m - 8 min walk

4. Bun Oc (Snail noodles)

Like the French, the Vietnamese eat snails too, but not the same kind of snails. They eat ốc (Vietnamese freshwater snails), which are smaller and chewier than their land-based cousins. Cooked snails are arranged neatly in a bowl of bún (rice vermicelli) with fried tofu and fresh herbs, and the dish is finished with a hot, sweet and sour broth that is poured over all of the cold ingredients. Finally, a few slices of cooked tomatoes are placed on top.

You can find it at: 6 Hang Chai street 

Price: ~VND 35,000

Distance from our hotel: 1.3 km - 6 min by car - 14 min walk

5. Bun Rieu

Bún (rice vermicelli) complements shellfish wonderfully, and it is eaten with both ốc (freshwater snails), and riêu (minced freshwater mini crabs). Similar to bún ốc, bún riêu is served with fried tofu and, sometimes, thinly sliced beef fillet.

You can find it at: 15 Hoe Nhai street

Price: ~VND 40,000

Distance from our hotel: 1.7 km - 7 min by car

6. Mien Luon (Eel noodles)

The main ingredients of miến lươn are miến (cellophane noodles), lươn (eels), fried shallots, bean sprouts and cilantro. The eels are usually deep fried to eliminate their fishy smell and to add a tasty, crunchy touch to the dish. In Chân Cầm street, Minh Lan restaurant specializes in eel dishes, and apart from eel noodle soup, you can also try eel soup and stir-fried eel noodle.

You can find it at: 1 Chan Cam street 

Price: ~VND 35,000

Distance from our hotel: .800 m - 10 min walk

7. Bun Ngan

Bún ngan (Musk Duck noodles) is made from Musk Duck meat, white rice vermicelli noodles, bamboo shoots and green onion, served in broth made from stewed pig bones with tomatoes. You may have to line up in the long queue before getting a bowl of Bun Ngan in “Bun Ngan Nhan” place. It’s always crowded and require your patience to taste the dish.

You can find it at: 10 Trung Yen alley, Hang Bac street 

Price: ~VND 40,000

Distance from our hotel:  300 m - 4 min walk

8. Bun Bo Nam Bo


Bun Bo Nam Bo (beef noodles in the south) is also known as stirred beef vermicelli. The simplicity and  elegance is what people describe about this dish. Instead of using sophisticated broth as Pho, sauce is used for Bun bo Nam Bo. Besides, fresh raw accompanying vegetables, fried onion, roasted peanuts and bean sprouts are indispensable elements. Beef used for the dish is well soaked in sugar, fish sauce and pepper and other seasonings.

You can find it at: 89 Hang Dieu street 
Price: VND 65,000
Distance from our hotel: 1 km - 12 min walk - 5 min by car

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