Hanoi street food tour: grazing, Vietnamese style!!!
Travel is all about the street food these days, and why not? It’s fresh, fast, cheap and a great way to crack into the local scene. Take a Hanoi street food tour to source the best street eats from markets, food carts, street cafes and other hard-to-find-but-totally-worth-the-effort secret spots.
Here are the list for Hanoi street food that you must try:
Starting your foody tour at Dao Duy Tu Street in Old Quarter by a street stall serving nem cua be: large, square, deep-fried spring roll parcels filled with crab, mushrooms and glass noodles, chopped into quarters and served with a side of bun noodles, fresh herbs and a dipping sauce. It will be another wonderful experience with Vietnam’s spring rolls.
Banh gio (rice and pork steamed dumplings) is another favorite street food of Hanoi. It certainly is not the most visually appealing plate of food you’d ever seen, and the texture is unusual in the context of savory food — being reminiscent of blancmange — but there is something very addictive about it, particularly with a good squirt of chili sauce. You should include it in your Hanoi food tour.
If you like sweet things, stop by cha chanh (lemon iced tea) or che thap cam (Hanoi deserts). Then you can get a chance to enjoy delicious variations of che. Che can also be found in Dao Duy Tu streets or at any streets in the Old Quarter, especially in Summer of Hanoi.
Next of the list should be ca phe trung (egg coffee) which is made with chicken egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk. It really a highlight in the menu of Hanoi street food tour. How is it made? They extract the egg yolk from an egg and then mix only the yolk with sugar until took on a thick consistency. Then, they will pour the hot coffee over the mixture slowly, and stir at the same time. Brewing egg coffee is not too sophisticated, but need practiced hands. You can try this ca phe trung at Giang Café (a humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter).
There would be a hundreds of food that you can find from streets of Hanoi, not just only the listed here, like pho (noodle); pho cuon (fresh rolling pho); banh trung (trung cake); banh my (bread); banh cuon (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls)… Take the tour and enjoy the food to get to know Vietnamese cuisine in real local taste!