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Hanoi is foodie heaven and the capital of the national dish Pho which is a global phenomenon now. Bun Cha, however is the less well known but tastier challenger. From there the variety of delicacies is near infinite. Unmissable foodie destination.
Hanoi Meat Pie @ Bánh Giò
Bánh giò is a variation on a theme in Vietnamese cuisine, a blend of protein and carbohydrate wrapped in a leaf. The gooey gelatinous exterior is made with a mix of rice flour, tapioca starch and pork stock, no doubt a process i...
Sticky Rice with Chicken @ Phương Béo Xôi Gà
Glutinous rice from a tiered steaming pot is clumped, not one grain detached. Tender strips of white chicken flesh get arranged over the rice. Flavour comes in the condiments added just before serving. A soy sauce with garlic and ...
Snail Noodle Soup @ Bún Ốc Cô Lan
These snails come as only one ingredient in a striking bowl of colour and flavour. Fresh vermicelli noodles green bananas (chuối xanh) and crab paste (gạch cua) bulk up the dish.
Beef Pho @ Tuan Ha Phở Bò
Two kinds of beef: slow braised pieces of brisket that lusciously break up and thinly sliced rare steak cooked under the pour of the ladle. A clump of fresh rice noodles sits inert beneath these ingredients and a perfect beef brot...