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Best places to have Banh Mi in Vietnam

Best places to have Banh Mi in Vietnam

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, you probably have seen many articles complimenting one of the most ubiquitous Vietnamese food – Banh Mi. However, some of you may think Banh Mi has nothing special as it’s just the French baguette filled with some meat and vegetables. Therefore, to convince you to try at least one Banh Mi when visiting Vietnam, Incredible Asia Journey will present a guide to the Best Banh Mi in Vietnam for you which indicates the origin of Banh Mi, its ingredients, the differences between Banh Mi in different regions of Vietnam as long as places to have the best Banh Mi. [incredible_toc]1. The history of Vietnamese Banh MiBanh Mi - originally called baguette - was first introduced to the Vietnamese in the 1860s by the French colonists. It was once a luxury staple food for the locals because of the expensive imported ingredients (wheat) during that time. Later, the local bakers started to incorporate the cheap local rice flour into the recipe, this method lowered down the price of Banh Mi and made Banh Mi popular for the ordinary people in Vietnam. Little by little, Banh Mi becomes one of the most common food in Vietnam that can be consumed at any time of the day and is sold every corner of the country. Nowadays, to get a Banh Mi, you will need to pay only 15,000-40,000vnd, thus, this is one of the top choices for any local people as well as tourists when visiting Vietnam.2. Ingredients of Banh MiBreadWhen being introduced in Vietnam, the French baguette was modified into a Vietnamese Banh Mi version with the airy crumb and thinner crust thanks to its dough which is a mix between wheat flour and rice flour.  FillingsFillings of Banh Mi in Vietnam are diverse in different regions of the country. Some ingredients that are commonly used are meat (either pork, chicken, or beef), Vietnamese sausage, Vietnamese coriander, cucumber, carrot, chilly, and some condiments such as chilly, mayonnaise, soy sauce, etc.With the local’s creativity, each region invents different variations of Banh Mi which is suitable for them. Therefore, no matter how long you have stayed in Vietnam, you will always find a new type of Banh Mi.3. Banh Mi in different regions of Vietnam3.1. Ho Chi Minh CityBanh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City is very famous for the traditional meat Banh Mi which is stuffed with pate, butter, jambon, Vietnamese pork sausage, vegetables, and cilantro. This Banh Mi is attractive to the locals thanks to its localized ingredients which are their appetite. The fat meat is balanced by the pickled vegetable makes people wanting to eat more and more.Besides the traditional Banh Mi, people in Ho Chi Minh City also invent some variations, especially Banh Mi filled with pork-skin. It is the perfect combination of fish sauce, boiled pork-skin mixed with roasted rice flour, garlic, etc. In addition, this dish is also different depending on the sausage paired with, thus, each baker created their own recipe to attract customers.With a diverse culture, bakers in Ho Chi Minh City created a myriad of Banh Mi variations that meet the demand of different customers.Best places to have Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City:• Banh Mi Huynh HoaAddress: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamPrice: 30,000 VND • Banh Mi Hong HoaAddress: 62 Nguyen Van TrangPrice: 17,000 VNDSee more our travel guide in Ho Chi Minh City:Top 6 things to do in Ho Chi Minh CityWhat to eat in Sai Gon?3.2.Da LatDa Lat is well-known for the Banh Mi Xiu Mai. This Banh Mi is served with a bowl of pork bone broth which is added some meatballs (xiu mai), Vietnamese sausage, pork skin, etc. Then, you tear a piece of Banh Mi and dip it into the rich broth. The combination of richness and spice of pepper makes this Banh Mi become a great option for a cold winter day.Best places to have Banh Mi in Da Lat:• Hồng Bánh MìAddress: 10 Yersin, Da LatPrice: 10.000 - 15.000VND• Miss Suong Banh mi xiu maiAddress:  14 Anh Sang, Ward 1, Da LatPrice: 10.000 - 15.000VNDRead more articles about Da Lat travel guide:Top Natural Things to See in Da Lat3.3. Nha TrangBanh Mi in Nha Trang is also far different from that of other places. In Nha Trang, you will notice that people don’t use any butter to bake the baguette, the skin is also crustier, and the filling of Nha Trang’s Banh Mi is airier than that of Ho Chi Minh City Because it has no butter, thus, when eating it, we will get less-heavy-felling stomach stem from its richness.Among different options of Banh Mi in this coastal city, Banh Mi with fried fish patty is the most delicious and famous which is so much tastier thanks to the garlic chili sauce.Best place to have Banh Mi in Nha Trang:Banh Mi Nguyen HuongAddress: Tan Lap, Nha Trang City, Khanh HoaPrice: 12.000 – 20.000VND3.4. Hoi AnIn this ancient port town, the most reputable place for both the locals and foreign tourists to try Banh Mi is Banh Mi Phuong. Its special secret comes from the crust which is crustier and harder than Banh Mi in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, this shop also invented 3 distinctive sauces to eat with Banh Mi, not to mention the perfect combination of Vietnamese herbs. Putting all together, there comes the most delicious staple food that you ever try.Banh Mi PhuongAddress: 2b Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang NamPrice: 15,000 – 30,000 VNDRead more articles about Hoi An travel guide:How long to spend in Hoi An?8 Things to Eat in Hoi An – Culinary Perfection in Vietnam’s Cultural Capital3.5. HanoiThe weather in Hanoi is separated into 4 distinct seasons which have their own features. Thus, Hanoi people also created different types of Banh Mi for different periods of the year. Among them, one of the most interesting dishes is Banh Mi Ap Chao which is a variation of European beef stake. This dish consists of baguette served with pate, omelet, beef steak, etc. put in a small hot pan. Best places to have Banh Mi in Hanoi • Banh Mi 25Address: 25 Hang Ca, Hoan Kiem, HanoiPrice: 35,000-40,000VND• Duc Long BreadAddress: Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, HanoiPrice:  40.000 VND - 50.000 VNDRead more articles about Hanoi travel guide:Best hotels near Hoan Kiem Lake HanoiWhen Is The Best Time To Visit Hanoi?

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Best Restaurants in Hanoi

Best Restaurants in Hanoi

When you have a plan to travel to Hanoi, you may think about what to do and what to eat in Hanoi. Many travelers are looking for the best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter so for their time in Hanoi. In this article, we list for you the best restaurants in Hanoi and hope you will enjoy the valuable time. Having the list of restaurants will help you save time when for looking a restaurant in Hanoi.[incredible_toc] Let's explore the TOP 9 Best restaurants in Hanoi for your trip to Hanoi! 1. Home Restaurants Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 - 22:00Address: 75 Nguyen Đinh Chieu, Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Home Restaurant indoor spaceHome Restaurant is a Vietnamese Restaurant in Hanoi. Located in the residential area of Truc Bach – The former French resident area, Home Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Hanoi with the best reviews from customers and travel agents in Vietnam. Home Restaurant is closed to charming Truc Bach Lake which is an attractive destination for many travelers. Travelers may enjoy lunch/dinner in the restaurant then visit Truc Bach Lake and enjoy a cup of coffee in Truc Bach Lake.Walking into the restaurants, you will feel the warm atmosphere of a French building. Each room of Home Restaurant has a unique atmosphere and the outdoor tables encircle the mansion.Coming to Home Restaurant, you will be captivated by magnificent aromas and the enchanting flavors of authentic Vietnamese food. All the ingredients have a fresh source to ensure the quality of the food. Enjoying meals in the Home Restaurant is the way you treat yourself to a great Vietnamese meal.A Review from a customer on TripadvisorVivian wrote:"My boyfriend and I went to Home Restaurant for dinner and that was the best meal we both ever had. Everything was perfect! Amazing live music, amazing food, and amazing services. The staff were very friendly and spoke English very well. They were happy to support us by calling a taxi for us on the way back to our hotel and showing us some shops so we could go shopping. I love the deep-fried prawn the best!" 2. KOTO Restaurant Address: 35 Van Mieu Street, Dong Da District. Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 - 22:00. Dining table with various menus in Koto RestaurantKoto Restaurant is one of the biggest restaurants in Hanoi. Koto means “ Know One, Teach One”. The restaurant was founded by a Vietnamese overseas. It is the place for the trainees (who are disadvantaged youth) to fine-tune the skills they learn in the hospitality training center in Hanoi. Koto Restaurant in Hanoi is located on Van Mieu Street. It is close to Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) – One of the most attractive destinations for travelers visiting Vietnam. So if you take a Hanoi city tour then that is the best place for having lunch as you can walk from the Temple of Literature. Koto Restaurant is the most well-known restaurant for its mix of traditional Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, and Western cuisine. The ingredients including garden-fresh vegetables, high-quality dairy products, and prime meat to ensure that customers have a tasty and safe meal. Being a training restaurant but Koto always ensures the best service and that is the reason why most of the customers are happy with the services and the food. Koto Restaurant is definitely one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.  3. Cau Go Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant Address: 73 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 23:00. Cau Go Restaurant open-viewContinuing the list of best restaurants in Hanoi Vietnam is Cau Go Restaurant, located on Cau Go Street in Hanoi Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake. That is the best location for travelers as Hoan Kiem Lake is the center of Hanoi for tourism. There are so many hotels and shopping streets around. The name of the restaurant takes the name of the street it is located – Cau Go Street.  Compared to other restaurants in Hanoi, Cau Go Restaurant has the best view of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter and it is listed as the best Vietnamese Restaurant voted by travelers. Cau Go Restaurant does not just bring you the very best of Hanoi cuisine but takes the flavors from across the nation to have a menu of the best of all the regions in Vietnam. Coming here, you will have a chance to taste the real Vietnamese cuisine from different places in Vietnam. With detail in decoration, you will not only eat by mouth but by eyes also. All the staff are trained carefully to meet the standards of an international restaurant. If you visit Hanoi, do not miss a chance to try lunch or dinner at Cau Go Restaurant. Don't wait to contact Incredible Asia Journeys to add this restaurant to your Hanoi tour package and more! 4. Green Tangerine Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Green Tangerine RestaurantGreen Tangerine Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Hanoi with a good location and good food. If you would like to have a wonderful meal and not care much about the price then this restaurant is a good option for you. The cost for a meal there may range from 15 to 30 USD and it is a bit more expensive than a normal restaurant in Hanoi.  It is a small restaurant but it is a very beautiful one in a French village in a good location in Hanoi Old Quarter. The chef is French and he uses French cooking techniques to make great and creative food.  Food: By choosing Green Tangerine, you will be satisfied with the food and professional services of the restaurant. With tasty food and beautiful decorations, every dish will be an art. There are some famous dishes like duck breast carpaccio in red fruit dressing served with ginger, sesame biscuits, and mushroom, roasted pigeon marinated in coffee, with mashed eggplants.  Location: Green Tangerine Restaurant shares the best location restaurants with Cau Go Restaurant. It is located in Hanoi Old Quarter so that is very convenient for travelers who stay in the Old Quarter or visit the Old Quarter for shopping, and walking. It is only 3 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake – The center of Hanoi. 5. Duong Restaurant Ma May Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 101 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Duong Restaurant Ma MayDuong Restaurant Ma May is a part of the Duong Restaurant series (Duong Restaurant Ngo Huyen, Duong Restaurant Saigon, Duong Restaurant Ma May). Located at 101 Ma May – The center of Hanoi Old Quarter, Duong Restaurant Ma May has unique ancient architecture. With sophisticated interior design will make customers feel they are in the memory of ancient Hanoi. Coming to Duong Restaurant Ma May, you will be happy with the charming and elegant menu designed by the talented and experienced Chef Duong and his team. Chef Duong got the prize – Top 4 of the Top Chef Vietnam Program and Chef Duong is the founder of the restaurant. The menu in Duong Restaurant Ma May and other Duong Restaurants focuses on traditional dishes with Western influences. Duong Restaurant Ma May is reviewed by diners as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter with over 1051 reviews until 02 May 2020 and 97% of the reviews are good and excellent. If you visit Hanoi, do not miss a chance to enjoy a lunch/dinner in Duong Restaurant Ma May and you will never regret it. A review of Duong Restaurant from Tripadvisor Bill MCadam Michigan wrote: "From suggestion of our tour guide, we took a short walk from Rex Hotel to Duong Restaurant when we visited Hanoi late Feb 2020. Clients were mostly foreigners.The restaurant has a sharp decor and every efficient service. The food was excellent. We ordered the king prawns and beef pou along with pumpkin soup. We had a similar course elsewhere in Hanoi but here each course had different species adding to the meal. The entire meal with meal and tip was around $ 55 US and this is the best restaurant during our trip in Vietnam for 8 days. Walking to the restaurant through jammed packed streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter and back to lake area to stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake was a part of fun." 6. Ngon Restaurant Phan Boi Chau Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 - 21:30 Address: 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Ngon Restaurant Phan Boi Chau gateNgon Restaurant Phan Boi Chau is located at 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. It is just some minutes for a walk from Hanoi Old Quarter so that is easy for travelers who stay in Hanoi Old Quarter and want to walk to a restaurant nearby for lunch or dinner. Ngon Restaurant Phan Boi Chau has an ancient architecture with mainly earth-tone colors. You will be surprised by a large space with many stalls where you can see how the chefs cook food. That is a really good experience because you not only taste the food you order but you also can see how they cook. Ngon Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Hanoi. Coming to the restaurant, you will feel the ancient Hanoi with hundreds of dishes coming from different places in Vietnam. You can find any kind of food here from street food to royal dishes, from North to South Vietnam. So if you want to try as much as Vietnamese food, Ngon Restaurant will be a good option for you. You can see by eyes the chefs cook the food and you can see the food before you order it. So that is easy because you may get some problems when you do not know much about strange dishes you have never tried before. With good services and varied kinds of food. Ngon Restaurant is really recommended for travelers by many travel agents and magazines. There are some locations in Hanoi but Ngon Restaurant in Phan Boi Chau is really recommended with a good location for tourists. 7. Madame Hien Restaurant Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 48 Hang Be, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi Madame Hien RestaurantMadame Hien Restaurant is a good location in the center of Hanoi Old Quarter. It is a French villa building from the 19th century and was restored to become a restaurant. You will learn more about French architecture and feel more about Hanoi in the 19th century when you come here. Madame Hien Restaurant is the last restaurant of the most celebrated French chef in Vietnam – Didier Corlou Madame Hien Restaurant is a tribute to his Vietnamese grandmother. With both enclosed and open-air spaces, customers will get out of the bustling of Hanoi right inside the restaurant. The restaurant has a distinction from other restaurants through a cozy atmosphere created by the art of installation and luxury furniture. In Madame Hien Restaurant, the menu only focuses on Vietnamese dishes like Pho (Noodle Soup), Banh Cuon (Rice Pancake), Nem (Spring Rolls), Com Nieu (Steamed Rice in Clay Pot) or Goi Hoa Chuoi (Banana-Flower Salad). All the dishes seem simple but they are excellent in taste and decoration.  Madame Hien Restaurant is rated one of the best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter. 8. Pho Bat Dan (Bat Dan Noodle Soup) Opening Hours: Daily 06.30 – 10.00 and 18.00 – 20.30 Address: 49 Bat Dan, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi Pho Bat DanComing to Vietnam, we cannot miss Pho - the best food in Hanoi. Located at 49 Bat Dan Street in Hanoi Old Quarter, Pho Bat Dan is one of the best noodle soup restaurants in Hanoi's Old Quarter and in Hanoi. If you walk through this street in the morning you will see every day there is a long line of people waiting to enjoy a bowl of noodle soup there. On Bat Dan Street, there are some noodle soup restaurants but Pho Bat Dan (Bat Dan Noodle Soup) at 49 Bat Dan Street is the most famous noodle restaurant on Bat Dan Street and when we talk about Pho Ban Dan means we are talking about this restaurant. Coming here, no matter who you are you will need to queue in line and self-serve at the counter instead of waiting for the waiters to come to you. Most of the time, there are so many people who want to try a noodle soup there so you will be surprised because there are many people are queue in line to have a bowl of Pho there. The cost of a bowl of noodle soup there is about 3.5 USD and it seems reasonable for a famous Pho. However, if you do not have much time then it is not recommended to you because you may have to wait for a while, especially in the high season. If you have time and accept waiting then it is a great idea to try a bowl of Pho there to taste a real bowl of Hanoi Noodle Soup.  Pho is a light dish and it is normally for breakfast in Vietnam. That is the reason why it is really crowded in the morning if you come to this restaurant. Pho Bat Dan Restaurant is located in the Old Quarter so that is easy for you to take a walk there if you stay in the Old Quarter. You also can do a walking tour around the Old Quarter and end your trip there to taste a bowl of Pho before going back to your hotel. Do not miss your chance to try a bowl of noodles in Vietnam especially Pho Bat Dan as it is the most famous food of Vietnam. 9. Sen Ho Tay Buffet Restaurant Opening Hours: Daily 11.00 – 14.15 and 18.00 – 21.15 Address: 614 Lac Long Quan, Hanoi Tay Ho RestaurantLocated at the bank of the Westlake - not in the Old Quarter but the restaurants located near the Old Quarter also - Ly Thai To Street, with an area of 12,000 m2 Sen Tay Ho Restaurant is a large buffet restaurant that can serve from small groups to big groups. Many families and companies in Hanoi when they are thinking about a place for a dining party.  The restaurant is not only famous for abundant food and good food but also famous for its large space and beautiful atmosphere. There is space for children to play it is a selfie hotspot for diners coming here. That is a beautiful restaurant with traditional and charming decorations. There are about 200 dishes so you never have to worry if you may not like some kind of food as there are a lot of options for you. From vegetables to seafood, from Vietnamese to Western food. Customers always can easily choose the best food for them. There are 3 areas in the restaurant. These are International Buffet, Hanoi Buffet, and The Star Palace Buffet. Each area can welcome some hundred customers.  This is one of the first professional buffet restaurants in Hanoi serving international and local customers so there are a lot of Vietnamese customers coming to the restaurant also. No matter you are Vietnamese or a foreigners, you will feel very good when you come to Sen Tay Ho Restaurant and want to come back. If you stay in the Old Quarter and do not want to move very far then you can choose Sen Ly Thai To at 60 Ly Thai To Street.Those are some best fine dining restaurants in Hanoi, we want to recommend to tourists, Incredible Asia Journeys hopes that you can find your favorite restaurants!See more:- Hanoi Street Food - TOP Must-try Dishes & Suggested Hanoi Food Tour- Hanoi Nightlife: Enjoy the Vibrant Spirit of Hanoi ALL Night Long

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What to Eat in Saigon

What to Eat in Saigon

It’s a mixture of the location and history of Saigon that gives it its fantastic food culture. What to Eat in Saigon is a question with more than 100 answers, but there are few places more equipped to answer it than Vietnam’s second city.The big city has historically been a draw for the Vietnamese living in its outlying provinces, who came to Saigon in droves after the war in search of employment. Along with their families, they brought their individual attitudes to food; some from the seafood, rice, and fruit-rich Mekong Delta, some from pancake-heavy Vung Tau, and even a few from as far away as the mecca for Vietnamese food, Hue. [incredible_toc]Food in Saigon is under constant evolution as the city quickly expands upwards and outwards into the shape of an international megacity. Right now, Saigon’s food has a humble but internationally renowned culture, ripe for exploration by even the fussiest of foreigners. Here’s our guide on what to eat in Saigon.What to eat in Saigon?1. Phở (“fer”)We have to start with the obvious here. At this point, Pho doesn’t need an introduction, its amalgamation into popular culture has seen its fame spread to every corner of the globe. It’s the number one answer to what to eat in Saigon, as well as throughout Vietnam food in general for the tourists fresh off the plane, eager to try a local bowl for about a tenth of the price that they could get it for back home. Flat pho noodles sit in a long-broiled broth along with scallions, onions, and either beef or chicken. Differences between north and south pho are manifold; the one in Saigon is usually sweeter and uses bean sprouts, herbs, and a wider variety of meat in its construction.Where to get pho in Saigon?Pho Tau Bay (433-435 Ly Thai To Street) is one of the oldest pho restaurants still surviving today. It was originally named after the owner, Mr. Nhan, but patrons changed it by popular demand to Tau Bay, meaning aeroplane after Mr. Nhan inexplicably started wearing a pilot’s hat to work every day.Pho - A must-try dish when visiting Vietnam2. Bột Chiên (“bot chee-en”)The literal translation of ‘fried flour’ doesn’t do much to get the appetite whirring, but one look at this impressive dish proves that there’s a lot more to it than merely suggested by the name. Served with fried egg, carrots, shredded papaya, and scallions, and fried into one single omelet of intense color and flavor, Bot Chien is one of the best pre-dinner snacks to eat in Saigon. Its appearance is not unlike the popular pre-dinner tapas dish from Spain, patatas bravas, but the tangy flavor of Bot Chien, following the accompanying dipping sauce, is what sets it apart.Where to find Bot Chien in Saigon?Bot Chien is a proud, and relatively simple to make, Saigonese staple food, so you can find it being served from many of the carts lining the streets around the city. One popular local restaurant that sells a plate for about 26,000 VND ($1.10) is Bot Chien Dat Thanh (277 Vo Van Tan), where fans carry the gorgeous smell of the dish along the street, attracting people in their droves.Bot Chien3. Cơm Tấm (“cerm- tuhm”)Along with Com Binh Dan in the north of Vietnam, Com Tam is known as the workers’ meal and famous food in Saigon. Its simplicity means that costs are usually low, but it contains the nutrients that hard-working Vietnamese have been fuelling themselves for generations. Unlike Com Binh Dan, com tam uses non-sticky rice (literally ‘broken rice’ by translation) and it’s not uncommon to see foreigners try to scoop up individual grains with chopsticks, while the locals opt for a much more effective spoon.Its ordering is as simple as its make-up; simply walk into a shop, point to the food that you would like to have with your rice, and sit down with the heaped plate. The option of accompanying food is very extensive, but popular choices include pork, sausage, fried egg, peanut salt, and a staggering choice of vegetables. You must try this dish as one of the signature things to eat in Vietnam.Com Tam Suon Bi ChaWhere to find com tam in Saigon?As fuel for the workers, this is usually the answer to their question of what to eat in Saigon. Thus, it can be found in many places, usually in roadside stalls with all extra options sitting behind a glass cabinet, and next to the steaming vat of rice. Com Ta Ba Ghien (84 Dang Van Ngu) is open from 6 am to 10 pm, which is one of the reasons, along with its fantastic taste, that locals and tourists keep coming back for more.Check our best tours to Saigon to enjoy these delicious dishes:Ho Chi Minh Visiting and Beaches Relaxation 7 DaysHo Chi Minh and Cu Chi TunnelsEssence of Vietnam 14-Day TourFoody Tour in Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta4. Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang (“hoo tee-oo nam vang”)If you wonder "What to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City?", Hu Tieu is a must. This beautifully organized dish might be the most attractive thing to eat in Saigon, but its roots are far-reaching and its ingredients are highly variable. The dish is unashamedly ‘borrowed’ from Cambodia, so much so that they even put it in the name (Nam Vang is the Vietnamese name for Phnom Penh), stemming from the thousands of ethnic Khmer people who live in the south of Vietnam. Hu Tieu comes in many different varieties around Vietnam, but the classic nam vang dish contains lots of pork, shrimp, quail eggs, and crab sticks atop a bed of Hu Tieu, which are thick tapioca noodles.Where to find Hu Tieu Nam Vang in Saigon?It’s hard to refute the popularity of Quan Hu Tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan (27Q Au Co Street), which offers many different variations on the classic, all immaculately presented.Hu Tieu5. Canh Chua Cá (“cayn choo-uh cah”)Saigon finds itself in a very advantageous position next to the Mekong Delta, a provider of huge amounts of seafood and home to the biggest rice and fruit-producing regions in the country. Seafood often comes in the form of Canh Chua Ca, another Instagram-favourite food with colors spilling out of the bowl. There are bright red tomatoes, green okra, yellow pineapples, and white beansprouts sitting in a yellow-brown broth, topped by a large fillet of some kind of fish, usually snakehead or catfish.Canh Chua CaWhere to find Canh Chua Ca in Saigon?Canh Chua Ca is the perfect food for hot weather, which is perfect for Saigon as there is never anything but scorching heat. On the hottest of these days, you can find locals sharing tables at Nam Son (135 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street), and enjoying the cooling broth with delicious snakehead fish.6. Ốc (“oh-k”)Continuing Saigon’s strong seafood tradition is one of the most sociable foods to eat in Saigon, snails. Once you do away with the notion that snails are generally slimy and unappealing, a world of flavor will open up to you, and there’s no better place to do that than in Saigon. Chefs here have been experimenting with snails for decades and have developed an extensive list that it would be impossible to name in full. Snails with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, coconut, and chili are some of the more popular foods to enjoy in Saigon on a weekend when you will see vast swathes of people crowding plastic tables, swigging beer and joking merrily over piled-up plates of snails.Oc XaoWhere to find Oc in Saigon?Saigon is awash with snail eateries, but for the most convivial atmosphere, head straight to ‘snail street’ – Vinh Khanh in District 4. You will be spoiled for choice here and will quickly get swept up in the amazing atmosphere that is to be found in abundance.7. Bánh Tét Chuối (“ban tet choo-ee”)This rolled banana, black bean, and sticky rice dessert has a similar appearance to sushi, but the taste of the two foods couldn’t be further apart. Just three ingredients and some banana leaves are needed to create Banh Tet Chuoi, making it a favorite of food tours in Saigon; essentially, it is a banana wrapped in rice and black beans, which is in turn wrapped in a banana leaf. These sweet, glutinous treats are a staple food of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, where many families in the south of Vietnam share them after a filling meal.Banh Tet ChuoiWhere to find Banh Tet Chuoi in Saigon?Because Banh Tet Chuoi is so easy to make, most people just buy the ingredients and make them themselves. You will find some in some shops, as Saigon is a big city, but information about them is lacking online. Get yourself invited to a local Tet celebration and you’ll be swimming in Banh Tet Chuoi!Saigon's rich food culture is a delightful mix of its historical influences and diverse regional contributions. Contact Incredible Asia Journeys now to hop on a Ho Chi Minh City food tour!

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What to Eat in Hue

What to Eat in Hue

Vietnam makes no secret of its love of food, and Hue makes no secret of its role in Vietnam’s culinary development. Food guides in Hue will tell you, lovingly and repeatedly, that about two-thirds of the nation’s dishes can have their origins traced back to Hue, and even more specifically, to the rulers of Vietnam’s dynasties - the kings and lords who dreamt up the most lavish cuisine to satisfy their regal appetites.[incredible_toc] The wealth and resources they were able to put into exploring different ingredient combinations was the catalyst for a full-scale food revolution in Hue and then Vietnam, where a new philosophy and approach to food accompanied new dishes that eventually made their way to the furthest corners of the country.Lotus root salad with shrimp and meatVisitors to the central region of Vietnam are constantly plagued by the question of what to eat in Hue. The hugely popular tourist destination has a hugely popular menu with locals, but a lot of tourists tend to stick to the more reliable meals of pho and banh mi. The food in Hue has been tried and tested since the time of feudal lords, and there is a whole world of culinary excellence open to visitors who want to explore and experiment, just as the kings of Hue did. This is Incredible Asia Journeys’ advice on what to eat in Hue.1. Bun Bo Hue (“bun bar hway”)There’s no other place to start than the eponymous bun bo hue, the symbol, and spearhead of Hue best food colonization of the entire country. The fire-red appearance of some of the broths suggests a spicy dish, but bun bo hue is fairly mild in the spice department (until you add your third spoonful of accompanying garlic chili sauce). It is a meaty concoction, with sausages, meatballs, beef brisket, congealed pig’s blood, and an entire pig’s foot all getting to know each other in the flavorsome soup. What to eat with Bun Bo Hue? Like all dishes coming out of Hue in ancient times, the appearance had to be perfect, so the color was added via lettuce, bean sprouts, banana blossom, spring onions, and the brilliant white of the bun noodles; thick and slippery in texture and delicious in taste.A Bowl of Bun Bo HueWhere to find Bun Bo Hue in Hue?You’ll find many foreigners roaming the streets of Hue wondering what to eat, before settling on the regional classic about 8 times out of 10. Anthony Bourdain did exactly this in his popular TV Show Parts Unknown when he went to a small food stand in Dong Ba Market (2 Tran Hung Dao) to try the city’s specialty. The exact stall is very hard to find, but if you look out for the picture of Anthony Bourdain’s face hanging high above a glass case of ingredients, you’ve found the right place.2. Va Tron (“vah chon”)The presence of many fig trees throughout Hue was the precursor for this salad dish. It represented a challenge for the chefs when their expertise was called upon to cook figs, a notoriously difficult food to work with, but one that they managed to their credit. Va Tron actually contains unripe figs along with lots of meat, lettuce, and sesame seeds, usually served on small rice crackers and constituting the first of what could be considered ‘finger food’ at the royal gatherings where it was historically served.Va TronWhere to find Va Tron in Hue?La Parfum (5 Le Loi Street) is committed to keeping the royal association with Va Tron alive by presenting it like it would have been presented to kings, with some elaborate displays befitting its gourmet price.3. Nem Lui (“nem loo-ee”)Praised around the country for the sociability of its eating, nem lui is a fantastic answer to the question of what to eat in Hue if you are dining in a group. Constructing the dish is half of the fun, as food is presented on platters that require some mild assembly before they are ready to eat. Take your nem (pork skewer), remove the stick, place it in your rice paper along with lettuce, coriander, cucumber, carrot, and papaya, dip it in peanut sauce, and prepare yourself for a taste sensation. Nem lui is one of the best examples of food that started life exclusively in the realms of royalty before it made it down to the most basic plastic tables on the pavement.Nem LuiWhere to find Nem Lui in Hue?Keep an eye out for small stands selling nem lui on the street, of which there are many, but a highly recommended place is Quan Hanh Hue (11-15 Pho Duc Chinh), where locals are the main patrons.4. Banh Khoai (“ban kwai”)Taking the rather appealing appearance of tacos, Banh Khoai is a crispy folded pancake of mushroom, beansprouts, cucumber, onions, shrimp and beef, served with a peanut and garlic dipping sauce. This is one of the few foods in Hue to eat with your hands and is often served alongside nem lui and a beer for the full social effect.Banh KhoaiWhere to find Banh Khoai in Hue?Banh Khoai can usually be found where nem lui is to be found, but it is the specialized food of choice at Banh Khoai Hong Mai (110 Dinh Tien Hoang).Check our best tour to Hue to enjoy these delicious dishes: Central Vietnam Holiday 5 Days5. Banh Trang Trung (“ban chang churng”)This is one of the few foods to eat in Hue that originated in the last century as opposed to hundreds of years ago. Banh trang trung is essentially just the Vietnamese take on pizza, and as with most aspects of modern Western culture, it finds favor most with young Vietnamese people. In typical Asian style, this dish is heavy on crispy rice paper, with scrambled egg, pork pate, shallots, onions and chopped-up sausage sitting on top, covered in a tangy chili sauce. Certainly not the most royal dish to eat in Hue, but a hearty, social, and, most importantly, very tasty one.Banh Trang TrungWhere to find Banh Trang Trung in Hue?This is street-level food at its most street-level. It’s unlikely you’ll find any Banh Trang Trung in the fancy restaurants around the city, but keep an eye out for ladies with steaming carts surrounded by youngsters on the street, in all likelihood, they probably sell Banh Trang Trung.6. Com Hen (“curm hen”)Dipping into the realms of seafood might have been a bit ambitious for the landlocked city of Hue, but Thuan An Beach 14 kilometres to the northwest of the city provided many of the clams and shrimp desired by the richest men in the kingdom. While this may have been a logistical problem in the feudal ages, nowadays the city is awash with beautiful seafood options for rich and poor alike. One of these is com hen, a pile of spicy rice with clams, peanuts, crispy fried noodles, and pig skin, all sitting waist-high in a clam broth and now one of the signature Hue foods & drinks.Com Hen HueWhere to find Com Hen in Hue?You can find com hen spanning the gamut of restaurant menus, but you can’t beat the lovingly prepared (and cheap) street food variety. Head to Ba Hoa (7 Truong Dinh) for a place where locals pack plastic chairs, mostly feasting on this pride of Hue.7. Bun Thit Nuong (“bun tit nur-ung”)This countrywide phenomenon wouldn’t win any prizes for complexity, but it is actually the simplicity of the dish that makes it so charming. Translating to ‘noodles with grilled meat’, you probably won’t be surprised when exactly that is placed in front of you after ordering. Noodles sit in a bowl topped with peanuts, strands of vegetables like cucumber and carrot, and grilled pork meat, accompanied on the side with a bowl of fish sauce.Bun Thit NuongWhere to find Bun Thit Nuong in Hue?As one of the most common things to eat in Hue, you will have no trouble finding this popular dish. Bun Thit Nuong (66 Bach Dang Street) is a local shop just outside of the tourist district, while Huyen Anh Restaurant (52/11 Kim Long Street) serves visitors to the nearby attraction of the Thien Mu Pagoda.8. Che (“cheh”)Che was traditionally the final offering to the kings of Hue, who wanted to leave their royal banquets on a sweet note. The concoction of coconut milk, mung beans, jelly, fruit, and tapioca that make up a bowl of Che quickly found an obliging audience outside the citadel, who developed varieties that were less regal and much more affordable. While the royalty was dining on Che Hat Sen (lotus seed che) and Che Mon Sap Vang (taro che), the working-class Vietnamese were developing Che Bap (corn che), Che Dau Ngu (red bean che) and Che Chuoi (banana che), nowadays comprising one of the most diverse foods to eat in Hue.Che (Sweet Soup)Where to find Che in Hue?As with most sweet things, Che is usually for the young folk of Vietnam food, and you can see several teenagers and curious foreigners hanging out at Che Hem (1, Alley 29, Huong Vuong Street), one of the most popular spots in town because of the variety and flavor of Che here.If you travel to Hue, Incredible Asia Journeys hopes that you can find your favorite dishes from this Hue food guide. Also, don't hesitate to share with us your experience during Hue trips!

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6 Best Indian Restaurants in Hanoi

6 Best Indian Restaurants in Hanoi

Many visitors from India and other countries want to find some options of the best Indian restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam to perfect their wonderful trip in Vietnam. In this post, we are pleased to recommend you 6 of the best Indian Restaurants in Hanoi to enjoy.[incredible_toc] 1. Dalcheeni Restaurant Located near the West Lake, Dalcheeni is an ideal Indian restaurant to taste delicious foods in the beautiful space. There are three floors for visitors to choose. Especially the third floor serves a private dining area for private parties of 25-30 people. Dalcheeni serves the Authentic Royal Indian Cuisine with carefully handpicked spices and flavours. All ingredients for dishes here are imported from India and then cooked by Indian and Vietnamese chefs who are skillful. Dalcheeni Restaurant Food Location: No. 100 Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi Vietnam Opening hours: From Monday to Friday: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, and 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm                              Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm Contact: (+84) 432668453 - [email protected] How to get to Dalcheeni Restaurant From Hanoi Old Quarter, you can get on bus No. 31 to go to 48-50 Au Co Street, and then take a 650m walk to the Dalcheeni Restaurant. It takes you about 30 minutes to get there. You can take a taxi for around 4.2 km to reach Dalcheeni Restaurant. 2. Little India Restaurant Little India Restaurant is one of the most favourite Indian restaurant in Hanoi voted by TripAdvisor with a menu of many delicious Indian foods with reasonable price, especially Indian Bread and Thali. The menu of Little India features a diverse selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with spices and flavours for everyone. Little India is well-known for Tandoori dishes from meat, kebabs and bread. It is served as an appetizer with Salad, Yogurt and Mint Sauce, or a main dish with Salad and Naan bread. Little India Restaurant’s chefs always use locally available spice, herbs, vegetables and fruits for your yummy dishes in the restaurant. Little India Restaurant Location: No. 32 Hang Tre Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Opening hours: 11.00 am to 2.30 pm, and 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm from Monday to Sunday Contact: (+84) 43926 1859 - [email protected] How to get to Little India Restaurant Little India Restaurant is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, so if you are in the Old Quarter, you can walk to the restaurant. It may take 15 minutes for 1 km or 1.5 km. Little India Restaurant Food 3. Namaste Hanoi Restaurant Namaste Hanoi is the restaurant with the most varied menus in comparison with all other Indian restaurants in Hanoi. With elegant decor based on the rich culture of India, Namaste Hanoi is one of the coziest places to enjoy dinner with customers.The menu offers customers various dishes from the curries of northern India to the hot and spicy dishes of its south. Enjoying dinner at the restaurant will help customers get the best experience with Indian food.However, if you do not have much time to come and enjoy yummy food in the restaurant, Namaste Hanoi is happy to offer a free and quick delivery within a reasonable distance in Hanoi. Namaste Hanoi Restaurant Location: 46 Tho Nhuom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam Opening hours: 11.00 am to 02.30 pm, and 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm from Monday to Sunday Contact: (+84) 903266997 - [email protected] How to get to Namaste Hanoi Restaurant Namaste Hanoi Restaurant is at Tho Nhuom Street, so you can get there by bus No.01 from Hanoi Old Quarter (at Duong Thanh Street or Hang Cot Street). 7,000 VND for a bus ticket to get to the restaurant. Also, you can take a taxi for around 3 km to get to Namaste Hanoi Restaurant. It may take you 30-40 thousand VND. 4. Foodshop 45 Restaurant Ranked 5th on TripAdvisor, the Foodshop 45 is a friendly family-run restaurant because the staffs of the restaurant are mainly members of the family, offering yummy and fresh foods at reasonable prices. Each member of the family take their responsibilities of cooking, running the dining room, delivering the foods and choosing the freshest and finest ingredients. Foodshop 45 Location: Branch 1: 59 Truc Bach Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam                  Branch 2: 32 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam Opening hours: Restaurant: 10.00 am – 10.30 pm, from Monday to Sunday Contact: Ms.Hue (+84) 903429128 - [email protected] How to get to Foodshop 45 Restaurant Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to Foodshop 45 Restaurant. Around 1-2 km from Hanoi Old Quarter to Foodshop 45 Restaurant. 5. Tandoor Restaurant Tandoor Indian Restaurant was established in 1999 by two brothers from Bangalore. The restaurant is loved by many Indian tourists, tourists from other countries, and Vietnamese people. The restaurant only uses imported spices to create classic dishes with modern elegance. Also, the cozy atmosphere of Tandoor Indian restaurant can make you enjoy more. Tandoor Restaurant Location: No. 24 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam Opening hours: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm, from Monday to Sunday Contact: (+84) 438245359 - [email protected] How to get to Tandoor Restaurant Like Little India Restaurant, Tandoor Restaurant is also located in the Hanoi Old Quarter. So you can get to the restaurant easily if you stay at the Old Quarter. If you are far from 1 or 2 km, you can take a taxi to get there in a faster and easier way.6. Zaika Indian Restaurant HanoiZaika Indian Restaurant Hanoi is a great place to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine. The food is delicious, and the prices are reasonable. Be sure to try their Laal Maas, Chicken Tikka Masala, and other dishes. The service is excellent. If you're in Hanoi and craving Indian food, Zaika is a must-visit. They offer traditional North Indian dishes with vegetarian options in a serene setting. Therefore, Zaika Indian Restaurant is one of the best Indian vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi. Zaika Indian Restaurant HanoiLocation: No. 13 Hang Dieu, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, HanoiOpening hours: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm, from Monday to SundayContact: (+84) 913 221 971 - [email protected] to get to Zaika Indian RestaurantLocated in Hanoi Old Quater, Zaika Indian Restaurant is easy to reach if you stay at a hotel near the Old Quarter. If you want to come to this place during your Hanoi trip, remember to add this restaurant to your bucket list!With the above information, Incredible Asia Journeys hopes that you can find the best Indian restaurant in Hanoi! 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What to Eat in Hanoi

What to Eat in Hanoi

In a city as well-famed for its food as Hanoi, you can easily be overwhelmed with the wealth of options available. The question of what to eat in Hanoi becomes an obsession when walking past the smoking griddles of meat, the boiling vat of broth or the glass case full of colourful meats and vegetables that grace almost every street in Vietnam’s capital. The smells, tastes and sounds of Hanoi go far behind the national bowl of Pho, a delicious dish but one that takes the limelight from other contenders. Here are our top 12 of the best foods to eat in Hanoi. Bún A feature in a lot of the most popular street food in Hanoi, Bun is a thin, round rice noodle usually served in a broth. Bún Chả (“Bun Cha”) One bowl of this heavy broth at lunchtime and you’ll likely do as the Vietnamese do; opt for a nap in the shade somewhere to recuperate. Bun cha is a mounded heap of bun noodles, beef patties in broth and assorted green vegetables; mild assembly is required to turn it into an actual meal, but the miniscule amount of effort becomes worth it after the first bite. As with every example of Hanoi street food, it is best eaten on a cheap plastic table with your legs in close contact with the legs of about 12 other people.  This is certainly the experience at Bun Cha Huong Lien, known affectionately as Bun Cha Obama after the former US President’s visit catapulted the tiny restaurant into fame. Anyone looking for a less touristy experience should try Bun Cha 34 Hang Than. Bun Cha Bún Riêu (“Bun Zee-oh”) With hints of a Western tomato soup, Bun Rieu continues to find favour among tourists trying the street food in Hanoi. The Asian influence prevails of course; bun noodles, pork, tofu, crab, tomato and assorted greens are served in a flavourful broth, usually for breakfast or lunch. Bun Rieu takes a lot of time to make so don’t be surprised to see Vietnamese ladies aggressively grinding paddy crabs in the early hours of the morning.  Try Bun Rieu - 16 Hang Luoc for the best Bun Rieu in the old quarter. Bun Rieu Cua Bún Bò Nam Bộ (“Bun Bar Nam Bow”)  An Instagram foodie’s dream, Bun Bo Nam Bo is a painting in a bowl. The whole dish is a cacophony of colour: white Bun noodles, brown beef, green lettuce, orange carrots, red chilis, all topped with crushed yellow peanuts. This is one of the few bun dishes where the broth lies at the bottom of the bowl, meaning you have to mix the dish when it arrives to avoid an unpleasant dry-to-soggy ratio. This is one of the best examples of what Hanoi food does so well, mixing several different ingredients to make one bowl with some serious flavour. You can have a cheap bowl of Bun Bo Nam Bo at Noodle and Roll - 39C Ly Quoc Su at any time, but at a more local venue, it will be hard to get it served past lunchtime. Bun Bo Nam Bo Phở Easily the most recognisable Vietnamese food around the world, Pho is actually the name of the noodle as well as the popular dish. Its thicker quality differentiates it from Bun noodles. Phở (“Fur”) The natural place to start with the top Pho dishes would be, correct – a bowl of Pho. There’s not much left to say about the popularity of this dish and how it has put Vietnamese food on the international stage. It is served country-wide as well as in most other countries around the world, varying greatly from place to place. The general consensus is that Hanoi Pho is the saltiest, Danang Pho is the spiciest and Ho Chi Minh City Pho is the sweetest, but the diversity in its preparation means that pho can really taste like anything. The standard recipe is Pho noodles, beef or chicken, onion, shallots, broth and a generous helping of spices. Usually, people who aren’t sure about what to eat in Hanoi head straight to the pho. You can get your fix of Hanoi Pho at Quan Pho Gia Truyen – 49 Bat Dan, but be prepared to queue and eat quickly because this restaurant is insanely popular. If the rush is too much for you, opt for the quieter Quan Bun & Pho 24 – 34 Cau Go. Pho Hanoi Phở Xào (“Fur Sao”) The less popular but no less tasty cousin of the ubiquitous bowl of Pho, Pho Xao is a stir-fried dish of beef, fried pho, onions, tomatoes and bok choy. Always inexplicably served as a small hill on an inconveniently tiny plate, Pho Xao is a quick fix for anyone looking for a tasty and filling dinner, even up until around 10.30pm. It may be one of the greasiest types of food in Hanoi, but it’s also one of the most flavourful. Pho Xao Phu My – 45 Bat Dan is a constantly popular place to get your Pho Xao fix, and not only because it gets the run-off of customers who don’t want to wait in line at Quan Pho Gia Truyen next door; the food is very good in its own right. Pho Xao Phở Cuốn (“Fur Koo-ern”) Yet another way to serve Pho, Pho Cuon comes in roll form and is packed inside with all sorts of Vietnamese classics. Pho Cuon looks rather like a rubbery cigar when it’s served, but the delicious combination of Pho, beef, lettuce and coriander comes with about 10 or 12 rolls per serving, along with a bowl of fish sauce with papaya or other dipping varieties. A short walk out of the Old Quarter and to Hanoi’s Truc Bach district will open up the world of Pho Cuon to you. Pho Cuon 31 – 31 Nga Xu has fantastic rolls and is perfectly located for an evening stroll around beautiful Truc Bach Lake afterwards. Hanoi Street Food Tour is one of the best choices for you to enjoy these dishes in Hanoi. Pho Cuon Cơm (Rice) Is there any other culture in the world more adept at making different varieties of rice than the Vietnamese? Cơm Bình Dân (“Kerm Bin Zuhn”) Translating to ‘rice of the people’, Com Binh Dan is a very straightforward affair. Walk in and point to the visible items of food that you want mounded on your plate of rice, sit down to eat, pay and leave. Its simplicity is often its greatest asset, as Com Binh Dan restaurants usually get crowded with people at lunch or dinnertime, all of whom are looking to get served and get out with their takeaway box in under a minute. The pricing system differs depending on what you choose and the grouchiness of the person serving you on any given day, but it’s usually one of the cheapest Hanoi street foods available at around $1.20. For any backpackers overwhelmed by the choice of what to eat in Hanoi, the easy look-and-point technique of Com Binh Dan makes ordering this food a simple task. It is everywhere in Hanoi and you’ll likely walk past several eateries in your time in the capital, but a reliably solid collection of restaurants can be found around 206 Doi Can, near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Com Binh Dan Xôi (“Soy”) Available usually for breakfast, Xoi is sticky rice with a coating of minced pork, chicken, egg, corn and peanut on top. These are usually individual flavours served from a cart on the street, but you can ask for “thập cấm” (tuhp cuhm) for a little bit of everything. Like other Asian countries, Xoi also comes as a dessert - as mango sticky rice or coconut sticky rice, making it a very versatile component of Hanoi cuisine. In some places in Vietnam, the sweet version of the rice comes in a rainbow of colours, just in case eating plain white rice wasn’t stimulating enough for you. Xoi Yen - 35B Nguyen Huu Huan is a great place to try out the different varieties around Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Xoi Yen Bánh (Bread) Although the direct translation is ‘bread’, Banh actually refers to dishes made with dough. Bánh Mì (“Ban Me”) Along with an adopted love of bakeries, the Banh Mi was brought over by the French in the late 19th century and often referred to as Bánh Tây (Western bread) until the Vietnamese made it their own. The Banh Mi is a simple crusty baguette stuffed with either egg, sausage, pork, and a bunch of fillers like vegetables, pate and herbs. The Banh Mi is another example of Hanoi street food that has become famous worldwide; it’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s often a very simple answer to the question of what to eat in Hanoi. You can find Banh Mi everywhere in Hanoi, from old ladies selling it on the street to higher-budget chain holes-in-the-wall. You’ll have to search around for the street vendors as they like to move regularly to avoid Hanoi’s stringent street food laws. As far as chains are concerned Banh Mi Pho are probably the best in the Old Quarter, while Bami King are kings throughout the rest of the city. Bami Bread Bánh Bao (“Ban B-ow”) More outside influence for this tasty snack, this time of Chinese origin. The Banh Bao is the Vietnamese dim sum; not coming in the overwhelming variety that the Cantonese classic usually sports, but instead settling on just a handful of reliable flavours. The most popular steamed bun contains ground pork and egg, but variations with chicken, mushrooms or glass noodles are available, and even dessert buns containing custard or coconut. It might be hard to find this breakfast snack on the street in the afternoon, usually the ladies who sell it have moved onto other ventures by midday. However, you can normally find them at bakeries such as Anh Hoa Bakery in the Old Quarter. Banh Bao Chè (“Cheh”) Those with a sweet tooth, and a fairly sweet, sweet tooth at that, might want to try Che, a fruit, jelly and coconut milk concoction served hot or cold. There is an astounding amount of variety to what is, essentially, three ingredients in a plastic cup. From relatively conventional flavours like taro and milk to complete rainbows of fruit and jelly that you can order by using that special phrase “thập cấm”.  Che Chuoi (banana with Che) definitely belongs to the category of best food to eat in Hanoi. This and a few other varieties can, unsurprisingly, be found on the street, but you should head to Che Thai Doi Can – 75 Doi Can for the full gamut of amazing flavours. Che Thai Cà Phê Trứng (“Café Churng”) Not strictly a dessert, but it tastes like a tiramisu and is a great representative for Hanoi street food, Ca Phe Trung (rather unappealingly translated to ‘egg coffee’) is whisked egg yolk in coffee, served hot or cold and consumed with a spoon. It’s sweet but not sickly, and comes with a caffeine boost to continue your explorations of finding what to eat in Hanoi. It’s very unlikely that you will find Ca Phe Trung in any other district than the Old Quarter. Though delicious, it is not very popular among locals and places like Giang Café - 39 Nguyen Huu Huan will likely be full of foreign and Vietnamese tourists, but that really takes nothing away from the exceptional flavour you can find here. Cafe Trung

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Eat Vietnam

Eat Vietnam

In recent years, Vietnamese cuisine has been becoming more and more popular around the world. Some Vietnamese specialties such as Pho and Banh Mi are on the favorite list of many food lovers. Vietnamese food is highly regarded as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world thanks to the ingredients like noodles, rice, fresh vegetable, as well as herbs used in locals’ daily cooking. [incredible_toc]Here is a useful guide that introduces you some Vietnamese delicacies, along with where to eat each dish in Vietnam. In addition to that, some information about Vietnamese eating style, Vietnamese food culture, together with Vietnam Food tours will be provided. Hopefully, the below suggestions will not only help you when you plan your trip in Vietnam but also guide you during your dream vacation.  Eat Vietnam In Your Way!1. What to Eat in Vietnam 1.1. What to Eat in Northern VietnamBanh MiBanh Mi Pate VietnamWhen you think about what to eat in Vietnam, there may be a list of food you have read somewhere but Banh Mi can be one of the top lists.The iconic sandwich ranked as one of the best sandwiches in the world, Banh Mi is a crunchy French-style baguette, stuffed with an incredible combination of pork, pate, butter, pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, chilies, and sauces. Originating from France in the late 1800s, this type of Vietnamese sandwich is the perfect option when you are in need of a quick meal.PhoThere is no doubt that Pho is the most famous Vietnam food which most travelers should try once when they visit Vietnam. Pho is the noodle soup which you can try with beef or chicken. Pho is a noodle soup that is different from other noodle soups you may know and eat in Vietnam or other countries. Pho consists of Banh Pho or flat noodles and which is different from Bun (round noodles). To have a good Pho you will need a good broth for Pho which makes the difference among the Pho restaurants. To have the good broth for Pho the beef bone or chicken bones are cooked in a large pot which is mostly bigger than any other broth pots. A few herbs are put inside like cinnamon, cardamom, and onion and there are some secret herbs each restaurant put them in to make sure they are different from others. Normally, the secret ingredients and recipes are kept secret inside the family to make sure they are not copied from others.Hanoi Beef PhoPho is one of the best things to eat in Vietnam. For Vietnamese, Pho is eaten mostly for breakfast or at night time when people do not have much time for cooking at home. Most Vietnamese cook their meals at home so Pho is a good option when they are busy and do not have enough time for cooking.Pho is mostly not cooked at home because to have a good Pho you need a large pot of bones and you need good ingredients and recipes so Pho should be eaten in the Pho restaurant. One more good advice for travelers for eating Pho is eating chicken Pho in the Pho Restaurant where they serve chicken only and eating beef Pho in the Pho restaurant where they serve beef only. There is no doubt, list Pho is number 1 for things to eat in Vietnam.Hanoi Chicken PhoBun ChaOriginating from the capital city, Hanoi, Bun Cha is grilled pork served with a bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth, a basket of fresh vegetables and a plate of rice vermicelli noodles. It is the local dish that Barack Obama ate during his night out with the famous chef Anthony Bourdain on his official visit to Vietnam at the end of May 2016. Nowadays, when you visit Vietnam you may visit and eat Bun Cha in the restaurant named Obama Bun Cha Restaurant as it is easy to remember this name compared to the original name of the restaurant where Barack Obama ate. Note Bun Cha for your list of things to eat in Vietnam and try it when you have a chance!Bun Cha HanoiGoi Cuon If you have been tasting too much of the fried food in Vietnam, try Goi Cuon which is the fresh spring rolls. Goi Cuon comprises thin vermicelli noodles, shrimp, pork slices, and herbs, rolled up in rice paper. Dipping the roll into peanut sauce to make it more flavorful, you try to take a bite and feel the light and fresh taste.Goi Cuon (Spring Rolls)1.2. What to Eat in Central VietnamBanh XeoBanh Xeo which is quite similar to a kind of crepe is made of rice flour, turmeric, and coconut milk, stuffed with shrimp, chicken, pork or beef slices, sliced onions, mushrooms, and bean sprouts, served with fresh lettuce or rice papers. To enjoy one like a local, wrap it in lettuce leaves, mustard leaves, or rice papers, dip in fermented peanut sauce, and taste it.Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)Cao LauA specialty from Hoi An, one of the best foods to eat in Vietnam, Cao Lau features thick noodles with slices of roast pork, fresh herbs, and crispy croutons in a savory broth. The noodles are unique, made from local water and lye, giving them a distinct texture and flavor. The dish is garnished with greens and herbs, bean sprouts, and fried pork skin, adding layers of texture. The rich, aromatic broth ties all the elements together, making Cao Lau a must-try when visiting Hoi An.Mi QuangA popular dish from Quang Nam Province, Mi Quang consists of turmeric-yellow rice noodles topped with pork, shrimp, quail eggs, peanuts, and fresh herbs, served with a small amount of broth. The broth is made by simmering pork or chicken bones with turmeric, giving it a distinctive golden color. The dish is typically garnished with a variety of fresh herbs, banana flowers, and toasted sesame rice crackers. The combination of textures and flavors makes Mi Quang a hearty and satisfying meal.Com HenCom Hen HueOriginating from Hue, Com Hen is a flavorful combination of rice, baby clams, herbs, peanuts, and fried pork skin, served with a side of clam broth. The clams are sautéed with onions, garlic, and chili, then mixed with rice and garnished with a variety of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and crispy shallots. The broth, made from the clam cooking liquid, is served on the side and can be added to the dish according to taste. This dish is known for its complex flavors and textures, making it a unique culinary experience.1.3. What to Eat in Southern VietnamHu TieuHu TieuA noodle soup from the Mekong Delta, Hu Tieu is made with clear, chewy noodles in a flavorful broth, topped with pork, shrimp, quail eggs, and fresh herbs. The broth, typically made from pork bones, is light and fragrant, allowing the flavors of the toppings to shine. The noodles, which can be either rice or tapioca-based, have a distinctive chewy texture. Hu Tieu is often garnished with fried shallots, garlic chives, and lime wedges.Che Che (Sweet Soup)Refers to any Vietnamese sweet soups or pudding, Che can be either hot or cold, depending on the seasons. Also, it can have a wide range of ingredients like red beans, mung beans, fruit, and tapioca beads. Banh Trang NuongBanh Trang NuongOften referred to as "Vietnamese pizza," Banh Trang Nuong is a popular street food made with grilled rice paper topped with ingredients like quail eggs, dried shrimp, pork, and scallions. The rice paper becomes crispy as it cooks, providing a crunchy base for the toppings. The dish is typically drizzled with chili sauce and mayonnaise, adding a spicy and creamy element. Banh Trang Nuong is a fun and flavorful snack, perfect for enjoying on the go.Bo La LotBo La Lot consists of grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves, served with rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a side of dipping sauce. The beef is marinated with garlic, lemongrass, and fish sauce, then wrapped in the aromatic betel leaves and grilled until charred and smoky. The rolls are often served with a side of vermicelli noodles, lettuce, and herbs, which can be used to make fresh spring rolls. The dipping sauce, typically made from fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar, adds a tangy and savory element to the dish.2. Where to eat in VietnamVietnamese food is renowned for its diversity and each region is famous for its dishes. Definitely, you may sample the local specialities throughout the country but also, there is one place in Vietnam you should try one dish rather than the other ones. For instance, you may venture to Hoi An to savor the stunning Cao Lau or visit Hanoi to eat delicious spring rolls. Banh Xeo in Saigon is the best in the country. It is also advisable to relish a cup of egg coffee in the capital city, Hanoi, and taste the world-famous Banh Mi in the ancient town of Hoi An. Hue, the old capital city is renowned for its Bun Bo Hue and some types of Vietnamese sweet soup - Che. 3. Vietnamese Eating Style Like many other countries in Asia, Vietnamese people tend to dine in “family style”. All the dishes are normally put in the middle of the dining table at the same time, each person gets a bowl of rice, and then shares with the others the bowls or plates of food. In Vietnamese daily meals, the dishes consist of rice, a vegetable dish, a meat or seafood dish, Vietnamese–style soup, and fermented fish sauce for dipping. Vietnamese use fish sauce not only as a seasoning but also as a dipping sauce. At the dining table, a bowl of fish sauce is well placed in the center so everyone can reach it.In addition to that, local dishes are boiled or steamed, other than fried or stir-fried so they are rather fresh and light. Also, Vietnamese people consume more vegetables than meats so it can be said that vegetables are the standard diet in most local households. Family Meals in Vietnam4. Vietnamese Food Culture Vietnam is very proud of having one of the most diverse and healthy gastronomies in the world. Mentioning about Vietnamese food culture, we can say that Vietnam is a typical wet rice country. In Vietnam, many main dishes and snacks are made from rice such as boiled/ steamed rice, rice porridge, famous Banh Chung (square cake), along with uncountable made-from-rice delicacies from every region. Even the legendary pho is made from rice as well. Banh Chung (square cake)Next, it is very clear that fish sauce appears in every meal of Vietnamese. In the centre of the tray or the dining table, there goes a bowl of fish sauce which is used by all the eaters. Nowadays, Vietnam has hundreds kinds of sauce, used for different dishes and different regions and even different seasons.Boiled Pork with Fish SauceAnother great culture feature in Vietnamese food is snack paradise of sweet potato, cassava, peanuts, and so much more. If you dare, try to venture to the street vendors on the sidewalks to taste these snacks. Last but not least, Vietnamese food offers great diversity. Vietnam is a long country which is divided into 3 parts (North, Central, and South). Each region has got some specialties which should be proud of. Whilst Hanoi offers the most authentic food experience, Hue provides some royal dishes and Ho Chi Minh City boasts about its various street food.5. Vietnam Food ToursTravel to Vietnam, travelers want not only to visit the most beautiful places of Vietnam but also eat the best and the most popular food in Vietnam. Enjoying the best food is a need for all travelers besides visiting the beauty and learning about Vietnam culture.Enjoy Vietnam food tours in your style5.1. Saigon Street Food Tour Saigon is one of the top ten cities in the world that is renowned for its street food. Participating in one of Saigon Street Food Tours allows you not only to sample some of the world’s best street food but also to delve into the history, culture, and food of this bustling metropolis. During the tour, the tour guide will take you to the best, authentic small restaurants or street vendors that only locals know to taste the city’s specialties. On the tour, you may ask your guide about the dishes’ ingredients as well as the historical background of Southern food. It is interesting if you pull up a plastic stool to dine on the sidewalks as locals do. Saigon Street Food Tour comes with two options which are walking tour or motorbike tour. Join in a Saigon Street Food Tour and that can be one of the best Vietnam Food Tour. Hu Tieu Nam Vang5.2. Hoi An Cooking ClassHoi An Cooking Class allows you to learn some famous delicacies of Central Vietnam. It also gives you the chance to visit a local market, as well as explore a tropical vegetable garden which can help to know more about the ingredients used in the locals’ daily cooking. In the class, you will be instructed how to cook Central Vietnam’s typical dishes, along with a short food carving session. At the end of the class, you will be sitting down to enjoy the food you made and be handed the recipes of the dishes. So if you visit Hoi An and you are interested in Vietnam Foods & Drinks do not miss the chance for this best Vietnam food tour place. Hoi An Cooking Class5.3. Hanoi Cooking ClassHanoi Cooking Class is quite similar to the cooking session in Hoi An as you will also start the tour by visiting a local market, learn some local dishes, together with receiving the secret recipes of Vietnamese cuisine from the chef. Each region of Vietnam has got its own specialties. Joining the cooking classes in different cities gives you the opportunity to learn the popular dishes of each region. It is also what differentiates a cooking class in Hoi An and one in Hanoi.  Above are 3 best places you may choose one or even 3 of them for your Vietnam Food Tour.Join hands to cook your own Vietnamese mealsWhether you're indulging in the comforting bowl of Pho in Hanoi, savoring the unique flavors of Mi Quang in Hoi An, or enjoying the bustling street food scene in Saigon, every meal is an adventure. Ready to start your culinary journey in Vietnam? Don't wait! Book your food tour now at Incredible Asia Journeys and dive into the rich and diverse flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. Bon appétit!

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Hanoi Street Food

Hanoi Street Food

Travelling to Vietnam, apart from plenty of sights such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, the bustling streets, as well as the narrow alleyways, Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is renowned for its street food. Hanoi’s delicacies such as Pho and Banh Mi have become trendy all around the world, whilst Vietnamese coffee is famous for its strong flavour.[incredible_toc] Unsurprisingly, Hanoi Street Food can make any eaters delighted by its astounding mix of tastes and smells. It is also regarded as one of the healthiest, freshest and most flavorful cuisines in the world. Interestingly, Vietnam food & drinks are diverse with some regional cuisines with different dishes and distinct flavours. Hanoi food has its own story, along with its own legendary dishes, and the city is full of places to eat.  Below is the Hanoi street food guide which shows you the best in Hanoi food, the top street food vendors, together with the popular Hanoi Street Food Tours. 1. Hanoi Specialities 1.1. Pho Chicken PhoEating Pho is one of the best things to do in Hanoi. Most travellers visiting Hanoi or North Vietnam should try Pho at least once. Pronounced like "fuh", pho is the world-renowned Vietnamese dish, and it comes in two main varieties: the traditional beef variety, called "pho bo", or beef pho and chicken noodle soup, called "Pho Ga", or Chicken Pho.Pho is an incredible combination of soft white rice noodles in a fragrant broth with beef/chicken on top, smothered with green onion. Hanoi’s pho is served with lime juice and a dash of chilly or fish sauce which all can be added to make it tastier. Hanoi is regarded as the birthplace of pho, and you can find Pho everywhere in Hanoi Alley Vietnamese street food, from street vendors to high-end restaurants. 1.2. Cha Ca Cha Ca La VongIf you are looking for a truly unique Hanoi dish, just try “Cha Ca”. Cha Ca is fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, and turmeric in a sizzling pan, served with vermicelli noodles, peanuts, chopped spring onions, dill, fish sauce, and red chilly slices. The best way to enjoy the dish is by mixing all the ingredients together. One small tip to make it more flavorful is to add a spoon of fried cooking oil and a little bit of fermented shrimp paste.The dish is not only delicious but also fun to eat as it is served in a sizzling pan for the diners to cook themselves. Cha Ca is so popular in Hanoi that the speciality is the name of a street in Hanoi which is named after it. 1.3. Bun Thang  A bowl of Bun Thang Not as famous as the two specialities mentioned above but Bun Thang is still considered as the most significant noodle soup in Hanoi city. Bun thang includes rice vermicelli noodles, chicken, egg, and pork, as well as broth. Like other noodle soups, the most important thing to make bun thang stunning is the clear hot broth which is made with no less than 20 ingredients, consisting of chicken, dried shrimp, dried shitake mushrooms, squid, shrimp paste, coriander, ginger, beet, spring onion, sugar candy, fish sauce, and vinegar.In the past, this noodle soup was eaten during the Tet holiday, on the 4th day of the Lunar New Year to use up all the leftover foods; but nowadays, it can be enjoyed every day. 2. Best places to eat Hanoi Street Food 2.1. “Pho” Bat Dan  Pho Bat DanPho which is regarded as the most popular noodle soup in Vietnam originated in the 20th century with the influence of French, beef-favourite cuisine. One of the best spots for pho in Hanoi is Pho Gia Truyen (49 Bat Dan) which is understandably famous for its pho bo. Hanoi often form a long queue every morning at the restaurant which has been serving for more than 60 years. A bowl of the delicious pho normally costs you around VND 50,000 – taste it with handfuls of chilli and a good squeeze of lime. 2.2. "Bun Rieu" in Hang Bac Bun RieuBun Rieu consists of rice vermicelli noodles, and freshwater paddy crab, along with shrimp paste in tomato broth, served with a basket of vegetables and herbs. There are countless street vendors which sell this speciality in Hanoi, but one excellent spot is at 11 Hang Bac Street. Add a bit of chillies, lime juice and shrimp paste (if you dare to try it) and you will sample one of the most stunning street food in Hanoi. 2.3. Egg coffee at Giang Café Giang CaféHead to Giang Café at No. 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street for the best egg coffee in town. Walk through the narrow alleyway to the hidden café to relish a cup of coffee which is a mix of strong black coffee, sweet creamy froth made of egg, condensed milk, as well as other ingredients. Apart from the most famous drink of the café, you may try egg rum, and egg beer which is also totally worth it. 3. Some popular Hanoi Street Food Tours 3.1. Hanoi Street Food – Walking Tour If you want to gain a real insight into Vietnamese food culture including details on the ingredients of the dishes and historical backgrounds of the popular northern dishes, participate in a Hanoi Street Food – Walking Tour. The tour guide will take you on to stroll through the maze of bustling streets to the small restaurants or local street vendors that you may not be able to find by yourself to sample local food. You also have the opportunity to see how the dishes are made as the local chef demonstrates their cooking skill on the street. Pull up a plastic stool and try to eat as locals do. The main characteristic of this tour type is walking to sample local dishes under the guidance of a local or a local expert.  There are a few tour options per day, including morning, afternoon or evening tours, or even full-day tours which are designed for those in the food industry or anyone with an enthusiasm for food. The few-hour tours (morning, afternoon or evening walks) are more popular among travellers as they give visitors to Hanoi an authentic taste of a city in a couple of hours.  3.2. Hanoi Street Food – Vespa/Scooter Tour Hanoi Vespa TourHanoi Street Food – Vespa Tour is also a street food tour but you will be driven on a type of motorbike to taste local food in style. The driver is also the tour guide in the tour. You will be on a Vespa/ Scooter and be taken to sample Hanoi specialities. It promises to be a fun ride as you will have the chance not only to sightsee the city’s highlights but also learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture, together with savouring delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do. What differentiates it from Food on foot tour is the motorbike which can take you to the further part of the city that the walking tour may not be able to do. Some Vespa/Scooter Tours may include Hanoi’s major attractions outside of Hanoi Old Quarter.Contact Incredible Asia Journeys now to add this must thing to do in Hanoi into your Vietnam tour packages!

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