The cyclo will take you from Old Quarter to Chau Long – the typical local market in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You can find all the popular material, vegetable, herb and spices for regular meals of Hanoi people in this market as well as enjoy watching the way of local people go shopping in the market. Instead of shopping for once a week and keeps all the stuffs in the fridge, local people here do it once a day, and mostly in the morning for very fresh meals for their family.
Chau Long market – one of destinations in food tour
After Chau Long Market, our guide will take you for the walk in Ngoc Ha – the village used to grow flower for supplying for the city of Hanoi. Even now most of the flower had turned to be new building, but the village still like the Oasis in the central of the city that still remains all the typical features the village in the Red River Delta such as: the Communal house, village temple…
During the walk, you can have the real experience about how actually the local people live in Hanoi. This of thing you would never found from window of your bus in the regular city tour. Many of the ground floor of local houses in the village turned to be the shop or local restaurant for the own business. At the end of the walk, you will see the surprise in one of the Village Lake: the B52 wreckage was shot down from Christmas Bombing in 1972, and it turned to be the monument until today.
Banh Cuon and Bun Cha in Hanoi
For lunch in this recommended food tour in Hanoi, we will let you to try 2 very typical and authentic dishes of Hanoi: Banh Cuon and Bun Cha. Banh Cuon is a kind of thin steam pancake made from rice flour rolled with minced chicken or pork with mushroom and shallots inside.
It is very important to have the good dipping sauce made from fish sauce. The best Banh Cuon place that we will take you to try in Hanoi is Banh Cuon Thanh Van at 14 Hang Ga Street. We just tried one plate of Banh Cuon here as we need to save the stomach for the main course for lunch: Bun Cha. You cannot find any other place have a good Bun Cha like Hanoi. This is a harmony combination of rice noodle, pork barbecue, crab spring rolls and like Banh Cuon, we must have elegant dipping sauce for the dish. We will enjoy this dish at Bun Cha Dac Kim at 67 Duong Thanh.
After lunch, take a walk along Hang Than Street and sample the famous product here: Banh Com means Young Rice Cake. This is one of the most popular present from Hanoi when local people travel out of their city for their friends. All the engagement ceremony in Hanoi also need to have Banh Com as the present offering from Groom to Bride family. The stop to enjoy the flan or mix fruit or Mango sweet soup at 2 Nguyen Truong To Street.
Cha Ca La Vong
Afternoon you will have the option to visit some of the venue of the city such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature or Ethnology Museum. Dinner will be at Cha Ca La Vong – the rice noodle serve with grill fish at 14 Cha Ca Street. Cha Ca was consider to be the most authentic and well-known dish in Hanoi, that had been ranked 5 from 10 of Places to See Before You Die in 2003 by MSNBC.