It comes as no surprise when phở is in the list of what to eat in Vietnam in the trips through regions. The reason is that a bowl of steaming phở with fragrant flavour has long occupied a special position in the hearts of gourmets around the world. If you are really interested in this food, you will easily realize that phở brings the local flavor but each noodle restaurant owns its characteristics and brand name that is usually handed down from generation to generation.
Bánh mì (Vietnamese Bread)
Despite being known as one of the most delicious bread in the world, the bread remains a simple concept and is sold at quite cheap prices in Vietnam. The taste of the Vietnamese bread is the subtle combination of fresh vegetables, tasty sauce, pâté, meat and eggs that are placed inside a small hot crispy loaf of bread. In particular, there are countless types of fillings for the bread including char siu, egg, grilled chopped meat and roast meat.
Bún chả (kebab rice noodles)
Bún chả is an exquisite combination of rice vermicelli, fried patties and sauce. The food is often served with raw vegetables and a cool glass of iced tea. Bún chả not only brings the quintessence of Vietnamese dishes but also is the pride of Hanoi cuisine. Therefore, coming Hanoi, you will easily get the opportunity to find out the food stall selling this food while walking around the city center. It’s interesting to select a roadside stall, wait for a tray of hot bún chả and savor the great taste of the dish.
Rolled noodles (phở cuốn)
One of the dishes you should not miss when visiting Hanoi is rolled noodles. Similar to almost all other dishes, this food is most delicious when served hot. Sheets of white rice papers wrapped around the steak, soft onion and basil. An indispensable ingredient of the dish is the sweet and sour sauce that make phở cuốn more attractive and tasty.
Chè (Sweet gruel)
Sweet gruel that is a mixture of glutinous rice, bean, fruit and jelly is one of the most popular desserts in Vietnam. With the cool and sweet taste, this is an ideal refreshment drink in hot summer. There are many types of sweet gruel with different ways to enjoy; in particular, it can be served hot or cold. The typical dishes of sweet gruel are black bean sweet soup, green bean soup, lotus seeds soup, three-color soup and mixed sweet soup.
Bia hơi (Draught beer)
After a long day of weaving across the crowded roads, a cool glass of beer may be the most wonderful beverage and preferred by many people in Hanoi. Draught beer is not so popular, but in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, enjoying beer is a unique culture.