Not Just Pho: 5 Reasons Everyone Who's Obsessed With Food Should Head To Hanoi

Nitya posted on 12 June

Let the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi be the spot for your next international vacation because of its amazing food, their cafe culture {you’ll find a cafe on every street!} and scenic spots. Hanoi is a vibrant city that can be easily explored on foot and we highly recommend you put on your sweat pants and make it a food-focused trip.  Here’s a list of five dishes to convince you.

Pho At 10 Ly Quoc Su street

Pho is a classic Vietnamese noodle soup that you MUST try when in Hanoi. It’s served generally with slow-cooked meat {beef & chicken} and one of the best places to try it is at 10 Ly Quoc Su street. Their savoury broth is rich with flavours and the tender meat is cooked to perfection. Just writing about the Pho here makes us salivate!

Egg Coffee At Cafe Giang

Okay, we admit that egg coffee sounds strange but you have to try it for how bizarre it sounds and how surprisingly great this coffee tastes. Instead of milk, Egg Coffee uses egg yolk which gives the coffee its thick texture and voila! you get this cup of decadence {especially at Cafe Giang}. Vietnam is known for its coffee and you can’t leave this country without trying the different varieties of coffee this place has to offer.

Bun Cha at Bun Cha Huong Lien

Bun Cha is easily the number two {after Pho} on the list of locals’ favourite food. And why shouldn’t it be? When you have grilled pork patties and rice noodles served with a soup of pickled vegetables and herbs, you’ll definitely be left wanting for more. Eat this dish at its best from the Bun Cha Huong Lien shop and guess who had the famous $6 meal at this place? Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama!

Vietnamese Dumplings At Quan Goc Da

Moist, fried, filled with spicy meat, these dumpling are what we like to call ‘pillows of delish’. They’re served with sweet papaya syrup that creates a perfect balance of sweet and spice {and everything nice!}.

Banh Mi At Any Street Vendor

What do you call a baguette stuffed with crunchy veggies, fried eggs, sausages and skewered pork? Umm.. the best food ever?! Banh Mi is a Vietnamese version of a baguette sandwich and we have to say that they sure do know how to improvise. All across Hanoi, you’ll find different versions of the humble Banh Mi {some with pork floss!} and all are unique in their own ways. And we say – the more you’re able to try, the merrier you will be.