HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR $20.00
Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour
Duration: 03 hours
Departs at any time from 7.00 AM to 20.00 PM.
Itinerary of Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour
We start our excellent street food walking tour at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish such as Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed!
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!. At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
All rates are USD per person.
Group Size 2 – 3 4 – 6 7 – 10 10+ Price 30 20 18 16
Price Included: English speaking guide, all street food items as itinerary, 1 bottle of water, 1 coffee or beer.
Bun Cha – Hanoi Street Food
Possibly the most delicious food available to man, Bun Cha is the lunch of choice all over Hanoi.Pork patties and slices of pork belly are grilled over hot coals and served with fish sauce, tangy vinegar, sugar and lime, which, when combined, creates a sort of barbecue soup that is eaten with rice vermicelli and fresh herbs.Accompanied by deep-fried spring rolls, this calorically rich dish is served with garlic and chilies on the side for an extra kick.
Try it at: Bun Cha at 1 Hang Manh street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Pho – Hanoi Street Food
Try it at: 49 Bat Dan street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Barbecue chicken – Hanoi Street Food
Ly Van Phuc is its official name, but the place is colloquially known as “Chicken Street” in honor of the tasty poultry being barbecued up and down this crowded alley.
Grilled chicken wings and feet, sweet potatoes and bread that’s been brushed with honey before being grilled are served with chili sauce and pickled cucumbers in sweet vinegar.
The simple, enticing menu is nearly identical for all the vendors on the street.
Try it at: Ly Van Phuc street, Dong Da, Hanoi
Xoi – Sticky rice – Hanoi Street Food
In the morning you’ll find the sticky rice vendors out hawking their wares. Sticky rice is a hugely popular carb-rich breakfast food that comes wrapped in a banana leaf. There are dozens of variations on the dish.
One is served with crushed peanuts and sesame salt, another involves white corn and deep-fried shallots.
Try it at: Xoi Yen at 35 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Egg coffee – Hanoi Street Food
Giang Café is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in the city’s old quarter. It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special ca phe trung, or egg coffee.
Try it at: Cafe Giang at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Nem Cua Be – Hanoi Street Food
You can find many types of excellent spring rolls all over Vietnam, but nem cua be, made with fresh crab meat, are particularly good. Unlike regular spring rolls, they are wrapped into a square shape before being fried.
Nem Cua Be are a specialty of Hai Phong, a seaside town not far away, but are fantastic in Hanoi as well.
Try it at: Nem Vuong Pho Co at 58 Dao Duy Tu street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Chao Ca – Hanoi Street Food
Toast has nothing on chao ca, so if you’re looking for a satisfying breakfast in Hanoi, why not try a steaming bowl of fish porridge?
Like Chinese congee, it’s a rice gruel made by cooking down the grains until they are nearly liquid. In Hanoi, it’s most often served with green onion, sprigs of dill and slivers of ginger.
Try it at: Chao Ca Doan Xom at 213 Hang Bong street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Banh Cuon – Hanoi Street Food
Banh Cuon is a Northern Vietnamese dish that migrated to Hanoi. Thin steamed rice flour pancakes filled with minced pork and cloud ear mushrooms are served with nuoc cham, a fish-sauce-based dipping sauce, fried shallots and fresh herbs. Slightly goopy in texture, banh cuon are often eaten for breakfast or as an evening pick-me-up.
Try it at: Banh Cuon Thanh Van at 14 Hang Ga street, Hanoi Old Quarter
Muc Nuong – Hanoi Street Food
There’s no greater pleasure than drinking on a busy Hanoi sidewalk, and what better to nosh on at while you do than Muc Nuong? Dried squid is grilled over hot coals before being shredded and served with a spicy sauce. It’s a chewy treat that is best washed down with shots of rice wine.
Try it at: Muc Nuong at 36 Hang Bo street, Hanoi Old Quarter
All rates are USD per person
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Price included: English speaking guide, all street food items as itinerary, 1 bottle of water, 1 coffee or beer.