31.10.2022, 09:07

Floating around Hanoi, enjoying 1001 specialty dishes from Vietnam’s provinces and cities

No need to go far when staying in Hanoi, there are Cao Bang rolls, Hue beef noodles, Nghe An eel soup, or Saigon broken rice…

If you have not had the opportunity to set foot in the regions on the S-shaped strip of land yourself, why don’t you try the way of “traveling” through the culinary path? Because, even in the capital, there are countless restaurants serving regional specialties. Not to mention, the quality of food at a number of places is also quite standard, comparable to the “original”.

Cao Bang rolls

In terms of processing, there is basically no difference compared to Thanh Tri (Hanoi), Phu Ly (Ha Nam), or northern provinces and cities such as Hai Phong and Nam Dinh. However, what makes Cao Bang rolls more attractive to every visitor is the accompanying bowl of water. Instead of using vinegared fish sauce and dipping cakes when eating, the people of the Northeast region of the country “invented” the style of eating Banh Cuon with hot bone broth, accompanied by spring rolls and lots of coriander.

Floating around Hanoi, enjoying 1001 specialty dishes from Vietnam’s provinces and cities

Photo: @khanhhuyen2, @leethijthuysanh, Nguyen Duc Huy

In Hanoi, there are a number of addresses selling Cao Bang rolls that are praised by gourmets, including:

– Cao Bang roll cake, No. 2, lane 16 Huynh Thuc Khang, Dong Da

– Banh cuon Mrs. Hoa, 16 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh

Lang Son Roast Duck

Besides places like Ky Lua street, Tam Thanh pagoda, mentioning Lang Son, many people will immediately remember the specialty of roasted duck with honey leaves with sophisticated processing, difficult to follow. However, a few Lang people, when they came to the capital to live, brought “secrets” with them and opened business shops, helping to bring this dish closer to everyone.

Photo: Bingsu, Pham Ngoc Anh


– Opposite No. 204 Tran Khat Chan, Hai Ba Trung

– Roast duck at Lang restaurant, 164 Nguyen Van Loc, Mo Lao, Ha Dong

– Lang Son Roast Duck, No. 40 An Duong, Tay Ho

Thai Binh fish soup

Many people after enjoying Thai Binh fish soup were fascinated by the bar broth and the rich sweetness of the accompanying fish. But, maybe you don’t know, to make this famous fish cake soup, the people of the rice country have used completely copper fish, taking advantage of the fish bones, pounding it, and simmering it to get the juice. Because all stages require the meticulousness of the processor, the search for Thai Binh fish soup for many foodies is like “finding a needle in the bottom of a tank”.

Photo: @food_dynastyy, @foodyhanoi, Van Ba

Here are a few places you can try, but be forewarned that the taste is only about 90% like the “original”:

– Thai Binh fish noodle soup, 21D Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem

– Thai Binh fish noodle soup, No. 121A, lane 121 Thai Thinh 1, Dong Da

Bun Bo Hue

The number of shops selling Hue beef noodle soup in Hanoi is probably as much as the familiar noodle and rice noodle shops. However, a lot of chefs have deliberately tweaked a bit more to suit tastes.

Photo: Khanh Ly, Ngoc Le

Therefore, if you are in love with the taste of “indigenous people”, you should go to some of the following shops:

– Bun bo Hue An Cuu, 195 Doi Can, Ba Dinh

– Hue beef noodle soup Ut My, Lane 1 Trung Van, Nam Tu Liem

– Hue beef noodle soup O Uong, 546 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho

– Hue beef noodle soup O Hoa, 102 Dong Tac, Dong Da

Nghe An eel dishes

With only one main ingredient, eel, the people of Nghe have cleverly created different dishes such as eel vermicelli, eel soup, braised eel… Who are the Nghe people in Hanoi, or are the people who love these dishes? For eel dishes of Uncle Ho’s hometown, you must save a few addresses below.

– Nghe An eel, 101C5 Hoang Ngoc Phach, Dong Da

– Nghe An eel soup, 11 Hang Chinh, Hoan Kiem

Photo: Dieu Anh, Lan Nguyen

Hoi An grilled pork sandwich, Hoi An chicken rice

From snacks to main dishes of Da Nang and Quang Nam, they are quite “popular” with tourists. Especially, there are rice paper rolls with pork, grilled pork buns or Quang noodles, Hoi An chicken rice….

Photo: @_troosismeee

Some addresses specializing in Da Nang – Hoi An food that you can refer to:

– Ngoc Nu Quan, 101 A1 Trung Tu (lane 46A Pham Ngoc Thach), Dong Da

– Koun, A20, lane 385 Hoang Quoc Viet, Bac Tu Kiem

– Fried pork vermicelli with Mrs. Tam, 80 Lang Ha, Dong Da

Nha Trang grilled spring rolls

Certainly, Nha Trang grilled spring rolls are no longer strange to the capital’s culinary devotees. Almost every street or corner has at least one shop selling grilled spring rolls, with Banh Xeo and spring rolls.

In the past, people used to just eat and have fun with friends, but now, a part of office workers also choose Nha Trang grilled spring rolls for lunch. Because, one serving is also enough from herbs, raw vegetables, carrots, radishes and grilled spring rolls, suitable for sisters who want to keep fit without fasting.

Photo: MH, #chubehangxom

Some addresses with affordable prices, best quality:

– No. 15, lane 158 Nguyen Khanh Toan, Cau Giay

– Grilled spring rolls H2O, 81 Tran Phu, Ha Dong

– Grilled spring rolls in Nha Trang, Hai Hien restaurant, 65 lane 640 Nguyen Van Cu, Long Bien

– Gate of Me Tri Ha urban area, Nam Tu Liem

– Thuy Xeo, 167 Doi Can, Ba Dinh

Phu Quoc stir fried noodles

“Making a storm” in the beautiful island of Phu Quoc for a long time, but only recently, the noodle dish has officially “docked” in Ha Thanh. According to the evaluation of the first guests, the ingredients of the shops are quite similar to the “real version”, however, in terms of taste, it still needs to be improved to harmonize more.

Photo: @bunquaycoba

Filtering in the list of restaurants, there are 2 addresses selling noodles with the most Phu Quoc flavor:

– No. 60 Mai Hac De, Bui Thi Xuan, Hai Ba Trung

– Sau Cho stir-fried noodles, 3A Van Cao, Ba Dinh

Saigon broken rice

While broken rice shops in Saigon usually serve all 3 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, in Hanoi, they will mainly only open at noon. Not to mention, most of the shops have boldly reduced the sweetness and increased the saltiness in the taste, so that it is more suitable for the people of the North.

Photo: @fuongsfood, @meixing02

Therefore, if you want to find the true original taste of Saigon broken rice, you should go to the following 2 addresses:

– Saigon broken rice, 11 Phung Hung, Hoan Kiem

– 292 Thai Ha, Dong Da

Of course, if you want to enjoy the most standard and delicious taste of Cao Bang roll cake, Hue roasted pork filter powder tea, and Saigon broken rice…. must sit and eat and enjoy the air in the place where they are born. However, the above suggestion is still one of the solutions to help you “fight” the craving that you can’t pack up and go right now.