Most tasty specialties you should try while traveling Hanoi


Hanoi is not only famous for beautiful landscapes, the rich culture and history, but also for its exotic specialties. You are traveling to Hanoi and do not know which you should try and buy as a gift to bring back for your friends and family, this article is for you. With these shares, we hope that you will choose the best and unique specialties while visiting the Vietnam’s capital city.

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Pho Hanoi (Hanoi’s noodles)

Pho Hanoi (via YouTube)

Pho is one of the traditional and most famous dishes of Vietnamese people. However, each region has its own way of processing so creating the different flavors. Although there are many types of Pho that tourists can taste in Vietnam such as Pho Hanoi, Pho Saigon, Pho Hue,… the dish which most mentioned is probably Pho Hanoi. The dish is very well-known so that people often said that your trip in Hanoi would be never completed without enjoying Pho. Pho Hanoi has many types, including beef noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, rice noodle rolls, etc. Let’s try this dish at least one time to feel the sophistication of Hanoi’s cuisine.

Cha Ca La Vong (turmeric fish with dill)

Cha Ca La Vong (via Ồ Đặc Sản Shop)

When mentioning the famous Hanoi’s specialties, Cha Ca La Vong is the dish cannot be ignored. According to legend, in the French domination period, Doan family lived in No.4 Hang Son often made delicious grilled fish to invite their guests. These guests after a long time ate this dish, they helped Doan family open a restaurant where they could earn money to bring up insurgent army as well as their family’s members. Those who have tried fried fish will definitely never forget the delicious and unique flavor of this dish.

Trang Tien ice cream

Trang Tien ice cream (via

Referring to cool desserts in the hot summer, people often think of Trang Tien ice cream which is the most famous ice cream company in Hanoi, appeared in the 20th century. The first Trang Tien ice cream shop is located at 35 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District. Now Trang Tien ice cream has become a very famous and popular ice cream brand in Hanoi. You can enjoy Trang Tien ice cream at many places with many different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, coconut milk, but if you want to taste the original Trang Tien ice cream, Hanoi is the best address.

Bun Dau Mam Tom (noodles with tofu and shrimp paste)

Bun Dau Mam Tom (via Món Ngon – blogger)

Bun Dau Mam Tom is one of the specialties of Hanoi tourists should try. The ingredients of this dish are very simple and easily to find, including vermicelli, fried tofu, shrimp sauce, herbs, cucumber but Bun Dau Mam Tom in Hanoi has its own flavor that cannot be found in nowhere else. Besides tofu, it can be eaten with spring rolls, pork meat or fried black pudding.

In Hanoi, visitors can easily find Bun Dau Mam Tom on the street side, vendors near parks or lakes, or if you want to enjoy in the luxury restaurants, you can go to the famous restaurants on Doan Tran Nghiep Street, Hang Khay Lane, Trang Tien,… The delicious Bun Dau Mam Tom attracts not only the local people but also foreign tourists.

Westlake Shrimp Cakes

Westlake shrimp cake (via Kimmy Review – blogger)

Shrimp cake is a favorite dish of many visitors in Hanoi. Shrimp cake was first appeared in the 30s of the last century. At first, this is just a popular dish sold on the burdens; over time, it becomes a specialty that every tourists should try while traveling to Hanoi.

The main ingredient, of course, is shrimp; the cake crust is made from the scrumptious flour. After that, it was boiled to the suitable degree in order for the cakes do not soak too much oil and has nice look and good taste. It’s very great if you enjoy shrimp cakes when it is hot because at that time, the cake is very brittle and shrimp is not fishy. The sauce to eat with this cake is the combination of sweet and sour tastes and cucumber, green papaya, and carrot.

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