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Hanoi has 3 ‘old’ dormitories but contains top-notch delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else.

In the capital, if you want to eat well, you must go to the old dormitories.

Following the vortex of life, new apartment buildings in Hanoi sprang up like mushrooms, gradually replacing the old dormitories. However, for the people of the capital, the image of the yellow walled houses, climbing stairs or public playgrounds is still fresh in their memory.

Hanoi has 3 ‘old’ dormitories but contains top-notch delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else.

Photo: @giangtuankiet

Most importantly, in that “old” place is also the “food country” of generations of Ha Thanh people. There are dishes you can’t like in a luxury restaurant, but it’s easy to nod and compliment when you sit and enjoy in a corner of the yard.

And in addition to the famous “food paradises” such as Nghia Tan, Trung Tu or Dong Xuan, there are still dormitories with many delicious dishes but not everyone knows.


Some people often confuse the Kim Lien dormitory with Trung Do, these two buildings are located right next to each other in the Dong Da district. Because of that, sometimes the restaurants here are forgotten, it takes only a “gourmet” to find the address of the famous jelly or sticky rice braised pork belly.

Miss Ha pearl jelly tea

Address: C8 Kim Lien, Luong Dinh Cua

Price: 10,000 VND – 15,000 VND

Sales time: All day

Previously, a tea shop with pearl jelly, or jelly tea – jelly was sold at the C8 playground of the dormitory, but about two years ago, the owner moved into a house about 300m away. One of the most popular dishes here is pearl jelly tea. On hot days, there is a cup of sweet tea, scented with jasmine flowers, the feeling of drinking is cool. Eat together with soft, chewy coconut pearls, mixed with homemade tea jelly, delicious and strangely harmonious.

In addition to pearl tea jelly, this shop also has yogurt jelly, passion fruit and hot cassava tea (sold in winter).

Photo: Nguyen Duy Long, @eatwithbeann_, @Phuonganhuni

Szechuan braised pork ribs

Address: Kiot 3 C11 Luong Dinh Cua

Selling price: 25,000 VND – 45,000 VND

Opening hours: 7:00am – 8:30pm

This sticky rice is made with Chinese flavor but has been modified to suit Vietnamese taste. Sticky sticky rice seeds, soft meat, with both fat and attractive cartilage. What makes the mark is the richly stocked ribs, slightly spicy and the sauce is kept separately, depending on the diners to taste when eating.

Photo: Cong Vu, @chubehanoi


Mannequin, filter cake

Address: Opposite 101B7 Thanh Cong

Selling price: 20k – 30k

Opening hours: 14h – 18h30

Around the Thanh Cong collective area, there are many mannequins and filter cakes, however, the goods in front of the gate of Thanh Cong Water Factory are rated higher by the people. Although it is only sold on the sidewalk, the space is relatively clean, the mannequin is always fresh, the water is rich, and the mouth is full. Another plus point is that the filter cake here has a not too thick crust, looks awkward, and the filling is just right.

Photo: Tung Boo


The Thanh Xuan Bac collective is associated with the once-popular Bach Hoa Thanh Xuan place, located right on the crowded Nguyen Trai street. However, it takes someone who has lived here for a long time to know which nooks and crannies have good food.

E10 snail shop

Address: courtyard of E10 Thanh Xuan Bac collective area

Selling price: 40,000 VND – 80,000 VND

Opening hours: 14h30 – 22h30

While snail shops are now catching on to the trend of diverse types of snails and new flavors of dipping sauces, for many years, E10 snail shop has only been loyal to a simple menu. The familiar dishes of the restaurant can be mentioned as snails, boiled – steamed clams, fried quail with tamarind, fried spring rolls and lemongrass chicken feet. Since it is a customer who has just started processing, the waiting time is a bit long. In return, we will enjoy fresh and delicious dishes, both blowing and eating.

Photo: Nguyen Chi An


Address: 105C16 Nguyen Quy Duc

Selling price: 8.0000 VND (with regular eggs), 15,000 VND (with salted eggs)

Opening hours: 14h-19h

If you “fall in love” with Nam Dinh’s specialty cake, you definitely can’t ignore this little patty. The space is small and small, just a trolley, but here, you will witness the owner of the shop hand molding each cake. The flour is kneaded with eggs and butter, mixed with the cake filling from char siu and quail eggs, so that, just walking from the entrance to the entrance, we can smell the characteristic and fragrant cake.

Photo: @tunluvfood

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