Travel to Hanoi, you can see the constant presence of street foods on your strolls around Old Quarter zone, and other streets in Hanoi. Street foods can be seen almost everywhere, every street, every lane… Street-side meat, bicycles which are laden with vegetables and fruit, simmering pots on pavement, or a small table with some simple small plastic chairs around boiling kettles of tea… are the popular images that you can find everywhere in Hanoi.
All of these create a huge market with their hard work. Butchers constantly keep on cutting meat with their sharp blade at hands. Fruit vendors are busy with pushing bikes and arranging again the fruits after they were purchased. In the summer, with humidity of 80% and on a 35oC day, the wind from fanner cannot blow away the sweats of vendors. Which strongly impacts your impression.
And here are top 10 best street foods in Hanoi – best places to visit in Vietnam :
Fried steamed wheat flour cake – Vietnam famous food
The price of this street food is from VND 4,000 to 6,000. This food stalls are open in the afternoon. Steamed wheat flour cakes are fried in a pan of cooking oil, and enjoyed with sour sweet sauce or chili sauce.
Grilled meat by stick – Vietnam famous food
Grilled meat by stick is interested by many kids. Price is VND 6,000 to 10,000/stick. Most of grilled stalls are on the pavement, near schools or universities. The meat is chopped, marinated with spices, skewered by sticks and grilled. You can smell the scent of grilled meat from a distance.
Banana cake, yam cake – Vietnam famous food
Only VND 5000 for a cake. Main ingredients are banana, yam and wheat flour. All are shaped into flattened circles and fried in a pan of cooking oil.
Bánh gio – Pyramidal rice dumplings
Banh gio is made of rice powder and the filling is made of chopped black mushroom and meat. Cost is only VND 7,000 to 10,0000.
The shape of the cake likes a pillow, so it is called pillow cake. The filling is made of chopped meat and quail egg. Price is from VND 7,000 to 9,000. Pillow cakes are often served in winter, enjoyed with sour sweet sauce and salad.
Balut is a nutritious dish. It is usually served with chopped ginger. However, many foreigners don’t like this food. This dish is served as breakfast and you can find it everywhere in Hanoi. The price is from VND 6,000 to 8,000.
Trang Tien ice cream
Trang Tien – name of a street near Hoan Kiem Lake – became a name of ice cream. This is because the ice cream was manufactured by a factory on Trang Tien street. This is the largest ice cream company in Hanoi during the 1990s. The special cultural characteristics of eating ice cream is eating on the sidewalk, which was thought very odd at first glance.
Yoghurt is mixed with fresh fruit, or sticky rice, or coffee… creates special flavor. It is an indispensable dish everywhere, from coffee shops to small stalls on the sidewalk.
Tao pho (tofu)
This is a unique food in the Northern Vietnam, often served in the summer. Ingredients are same with tofu, but they are softer and lighter. It is served in a bowl with flower sugar and ice. Price is from VND 5000 to 7000.
Hang Than Caramel
Caramel has foreign origin. But with recipe of Hang Than street, the caramel has become especially greasy and soft.