Sidewalk restaurants are a special feature of Hanoi. Enjoying the delicious cuisines at age-old restaurants will surely make strong impression in your mind. Bun Oc (noodle and snails) on Hang Chai, Xoi xeo on Hang Bai and so on, which are not missed when travelling in Hanoi. Combing to a Hanoi Cultural Tour in the day and a Hanoi food tour at night, you will have a joyful experience in the Capital.
Xoi Xeo is sticky rice topped with ground de-hulled mung bean and fried onion. Sometimes it can be served with eggs and steamed chicken breast on request. The serving is really filling and it is good for any time of the day but most Vietnamese have it for breakfast and lunch.
Steam rice named "Xôi xéo" in Hang Bai Street (near to Hoan Kiem Lake).
This May’s sidewalk restaurant is familiar with local people at the corner of Hang Bai and Ly Thuong Kiet crossroads for 20 years. It’s also crowed every morning by vehicles of people and to be the most at 7 o’clock. Many groups of students buy “Xoi Xeo” before going to school in time. “Xoi Xeo” worth being one of the typical food in Hanoi.
After that, from Hang Bai, you can easy to move to Ta Hien Beer Street to indulge yourself in the paradise of foreigners in Hanoi, where you can drink delicious beer as much as you can with very low cost.
A small Hang Chai Street is crowed every morning by the vehicles of people who come to enjoy “bun oc” (noodle and snails) ay house number 6. This noodle shop has been operating for 25 years. The price for a bowl of noodle and snails has increased from 20.000VND to 30.000VND in the past 25 years.
Bún noodle with snail in Hang Chai Street - a 25 years old restaurant.
The broth here has very specific favor. Diners can choose large or small snails depending on their tastes. The restaurant is open from 7am to 13pm. This noodle shop is familiar place for locals here, customers usually wait about from 15 to 30 minutes to be enjoy it.
Bun ngan (Cairina noodle soup) of Mrs Nhan is a favorite place of Hanoi people. Located in the end of the Trung Yen alley, the noodle shop always attracts people for lunch and dinner. Although its age-olds, there are some long guests queue every day.
Bún noodle with swan.
Especially, they believe that noodle shop has its appeal, they will definitely come back to eat if they once time eat in here. It’s made by range of ingredients mixed together. The broth has very specific favor and added some dried mushrooms which make the soup to be more perfect.
Bun ngan of Mrs Nhan often open from 10am to 14pm and 12pm is the time to be the most. The price for one noodle bowl is 40.000VND. Dinners can order extra meat or hot dog depending on your need.
Banh gio – Vietnamese rice pyramid dumplings is a popular dish in Hanoi. It’s a commoner’s dish and sold at a low price, it can be found at many street side eateries. Banh gio is made from simple ingredients, the filling includes chopped wood ear and minced pork. Banh gio should be enjoyed slowly so eaters can taste the soft pork and crunchy wood ear made delicious by with spices.
"Soft rice cake" named Bánh giò in Nguyen Cong Tru Street.
“Banh gio” shop is located in the corner of Nguyen Cong Tru marker a long time ago and the next to caramen shop which create a “duo” famous food of this area. Banh Gio cake is very small and enough to paddle for dinner. You can order silk rolls, spring rolls depending for your need. It’s only from 10.000VND to 16.000VND for one.
“Che” is a Vietnamese Sweet Soup and perfect end to your meal. In Hanoi, it’s very easy to find “che” vendors on the streets. “Che” can be either hot or cold, and it can have a wide range of ingredients like mung beans, red beans, fruits and tapioca beads.
Vietnamese sweet soup with beans, dried coconut, sugar water, and little of ice.
“Che” shop on Hang Can Street is a favorite place for Hanoi people for 30 years. The price for one cup is cheaper than other regions. It is reasonable price from 17.000VND, and lotus coconut is the most expensive with 30.000VND for a cup which includes fresh sweet sticky notes wrapped in lotus seeds and coconut milk.
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