Hanoi Street Foods

Mixed rice paper

@ Ms. Toan Hang Trong, Hanoi

Mixed rice paper uses very simple ingredients such as dried shrimp, mango, papaya, spinach, dried beef, fried onion, and rice paper with sweet and sour sauce. A set of mixed rice paper that costs 20 000 VND is enough for you to nibble on the whole evening. The restaurant is located at the junction between Hang Trong and Bao Khanh streets. It faces Sword Lake, so it is easy for you to find. Though it is called a restaurant, guests mainly sit on small plastic chairs on the sidewalk. The facilities are simple but no one complains. This place is always full.

Hong Kong Dim Sum

@Banh Ngon Ngon restaurant, 368 Bach Mai street

Typically, dim sum is served in restaurants with relatively high prices. That’s why Banh Ngon Ngon restaurant, which has 2 000 VND dim sum, attracts a lot of customers. Despite its cheap prices, dim sum here is fresh with a thin outer layer and lots of minced meat inside. Beside different types of dim sum from Japan, Hong Kong and Russia, Ngon Ngon also serves pancakes such as pelmeni and shaomai, which are very tasty. If you are hungry, a dozen dim sum will fill you up.

Skewered grilled meat

@Chua Lang

Skewered grilled meat is a popular street food and here each skewer costs from 6 000 VND to 10 000 VND. In addition to enjoying the meat, you can pay about 2 000 VND more to have skewered grilled meat with bread. The skewers are usually made of pork. After being marinated, the pork is grilled until it becomes a brownish yellow colour. These are often sold near school gates and eaten by students since they are really cheap. The skewered grilled meat at Chua Lang street-food quarter is the most well-known. It is not only loved by students from some nearby universities but also by students in other universities.

Fried banana pancake, fried sweet potato pancake

@ No 1 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem

Banana and sweet potato pancakes are easy to buy in winter. Ripened bananas and sweet potato slices are dropped into bowls of batter, then deep-fried until crispy. These cakes usually cost 5 000 VND each. Because they are quite greasy, you only need one or two. The vendor is located at the intersection of Hang Dieu. There are no seats so people buy and take away.

Hot chestnuts

@ Nguyen Huu Huan Street

The smell of roasted chestnuts is associated with winter. Going out on the street, the air is often fragrant with the smoke of these roasted snacks. Chestnuts in Hanoi are transported down from Cao Bang, cleaned, then cut so they open easily after being cooked. The chestnuts only appear in winter. If you walk along streets such as Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hang Be, Hang Dieu or To Tich you’ll see small vendors with a sign saying “Hot Chestnuts.” The cost for 100 grams is 20 000 VND.

Pillow cake

@ No. 52 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem

These small pillow cakes with beautiful shapes are considered one of the top snacks during monsoon days. They are made of wheat flour stuffed with minced meat, vermicelli and quail eggs and fried until crispy. The cakes are served with sweet and sour fish sauce mixed with papaya and carrots and eaten with raw vegetables. They are very popular and can be found in any market in Hanoi. Average price is 8 000 to 10 000 VND per cake. The most well-known place frequented by many young gourmets is at 52 Ly Quoc Su.

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