My recent trip to Hanoi (first time!) was short but fun and filled with lots of food! There were 3 of us, and with at least 2 of us being foodies, we did our best to hunt down the best food in Hanoi!
My number one recommendation would be this:
Nothing too fancy, but nice and clean. And filled of people even at 3pm on a weekday! Seems like they occupied the next unit as well (business must be extremely good)
Cha Ca is Vietnamese style fried fish with turmeric & dill. It is such a famous dish in Hanoi…that the whole restaurant serves nothing but that! Basically, this is the only full menu with a detailed explanation of what Cha Ca is 🙂
We didn’t know that was the ONLY thing we would get there, but since we were already there, we decided to go for it.
It came in a skillet with many chunky pieces of fish, with a gigantic plate of fresh uncooked veggie.
We didn’t know quite what to do at first…were we supposed to just eat it now?
Service was great though, and someone came to “cook” the fish for us. He dumped in some of the veg (that’s only about a quarter of the gigantic pile!) and we waited to be served 🙂
FINALLY, ready to eat. He grabbed some rice noodles, a few pieces of fish, veggie and peanuts, drizzled some fish sauce over it, and there you go!
People who know me know that I’m not a fan of greens… so I shall not comment on the veggie…. but the FISH! Wow! It was soft and tender, and it tasted so great! I am salivating just thinking about it right now. I wish we had this in Singapore!! I recommended this to my aunt who went about 2 weeks after I did, and her son came back declaring it was the best dish he had in Vietnam! (You’re welcomed;))
Definitely going back there if I’m ever in Hanoi again!
Address: 19 – 21 – 31 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Cửa Đông, Hanoi, Hà Nội Hoàn Kiếm, Vietnam
A Vietnamese fusion baguette sandwich filled with vegetable and either Pork or chicken (or vegetarian). I have to confess I never had Banh Mi before so not much to compare with. I had the pork Banh Mi without Pate. And without the greens…haha! I love that we can customize it whichever way we wanted.
Address: 25 Hang Ca, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Everyone calls this Beef noodle salad, but it’s more like a hot bowl of saucy beef noodles instead! It was filled with beansprouts, lettuce, pickled green papaya and herbs… again, too much greens for my liking. I tried learning how to say NO VEGETABLES from a Vietnamese lady before going there, but my Vietnamese probably sucks because it turned out to be the same anyway=_= And no one speaks a word of English there.
It was quite a big and generous portion of noodles and beef, with a tasty sweet/salty soupy sauce to go with it. Would have been perfect without all that beansprout..:P
Address: 67 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Cafe Giang is said to be the original creator of the famous Egg Coffee in Hanoi. I’d never heard of it until my friend did some research and insisted on trying it. This humble little coffee place with tiny tables and stools is known to serve the best ones in Hanoi.
It was very crowded and we had some trouble getting a table. We decided to try a hot egg coffee…
…and a cold egg chocolate!
They were both super thick and tasted like dessert. The egg chocolate was way too sweet, but the egg coffee was interesting, and tasted like tiramisu! I was told it’s tradition to get a foam mustache, so here we go~ I did it with the egg chocolate though…haha!
Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Some other random stuff we ate in Hanoi that was yummy!
Can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but these buttery scallops were really good!
This is from the night market. It’s kind of like the Thai mango rice with coconut, but here, they use Banana with shaved coconut pieces instead!:)
It was a great 5 days in Hanoi! Can’t wait for the next trip, ladies!
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