Dining in Hanoi

Discussion in 'Vietnam' started by Anna Nguyen, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Anna Nguyen

    Anna Nguyen New Member

    Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is not only famous for its beauty, history but also for its cuisine.

    Hanoi residents have always been proud of the richness of specialities in their city and sophisticated cuisine. Both specialities and ordinary dishes in Hanoi provide unique tastes that satisfy different eaters.

    However, it is useful to know where to go and how to enjoy each of them.

    Some specialities are served in only fixed places in Hanoi, such as “Com Vongâ€, “Banh Com Hang Thanâ€, “Cha ca La Vongâ€. The makers keep the secret to make their dishes unique throughout the line.

    For ordinary dishes, like “Pho Hanoiâ€, you’d better go out of the hotel, and enjoy it in a small restaurant on the streets. You’ll try different tastes in different restaurants.

    As a matter of fact, some traditional dishes of Hanoi have come out of taste. There have appeared in Hanoi many new dishes, which may come from other town, even from aboard.

    Though dishes in Hanoi are rich in number, they share common features.

    First, the combination of different tastes is in a dish. For example, you’ll find at least 5 different spices in a bowl of “phoâ€: hot ginfer, pepper, chili, tasty cinamon, sour lemon, some onions and herbs…Spices and herbs are popular, probably for the richness of fruit and vegetable in the land of Hanoi.

    Second - the harmony and moderation of dishes. Except for special dishes, Hanoi cooks rarely prepare dishes that are too hot or too salty. The amount of a dish is not large, just enough.

    Compared with Asian dishes, Hanoi’s dishes don’t contain much fat or sugar. Vegetables are cooked in a way that they are eatable but still keep their natural colour at most. This way of cooking is very healthy to eaters, and makes the dishes look fresh.
  2. reno27

    reno27 New Member

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for sharing. I might be able to go to Vietnam at Christmas vacation. Do you know where I can get a nice guide? And can you share a lil bit about the accommodation? thanks
  3. danviettravel

    danviettravel New Member

    There are so many choices for the good food in Hanoi!
    One of the best places I know is "Quan An Ngon" (at the address 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hanoi). Coming here you can find different dishes standing for the most popular food from the North to the South of Vietnam.
    The food is good and the prices are inexpensive!

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