To discover culture of a country, it means not only visiting to landscapes, but also enjoying the specialities of its cuisine. If you have chance to Hanoi, we would like to recommend the must-try foods during your trip.
Xôi xéo (Sticky rice)
In Vietnam, there are many types of sticky rice or “xoi”. Among of them, in the north of Vietnam, “xoi xeo” is not only creative art with a sophisticated combination of ingredients and color but the sophistication even leaks out to its odd name.
“Xoi xeo” is considered as one of the hardest to cook “xoi”, inspite of its ingredients which are very popular with Vietnamese.
It is made from glutinous rice, turmeric powder, mung bean, shallot, and some liquid fat. The turmeric powder, mixed with water and glutinous rice, will create the natural yellow for the dish. Mung bean, after being carefully chosen and peeled; is steamed, pummeled and then rolled into small balls. “Xoi xeo” is wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper. It is exceptionally favorite dish in winter because the bright yellow and the liquid fat make people feel warm and cheerful.
You can try “Xoi xeo” in the North of Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem lake) on Nguyen Huu Huan street.
Bún ốc (Rice noodles with Snail )
Differ from “bún ốc” in Saigon where people prefer more sweet, a lot of other things like deep-fried tofu, in the Northern style, you may feel that it is simple but quite authentic taste, a lot of snails.
“Bún ốc cô Thêm” in Hàng Chai, located in small, short alley between Hàng Rưoi and Hàng Cót, is one of the most famous places for this popular dish.
Bánh gối (Pillow cake)
This is a popular cake which has crispy and golden brown shell, stuffed with pork, shrimps and some vegetables. It’s served with sweet and sour fish sauce and salad. “Bánh gối” is not too fat, so it is a favorite snack of even children.
We recommend to try one on Ly Quoc Su street.
Bánh đúc ( Plain rice flan)
It is made of rice flour and lime water and considered as one of the most simple cakes in Hanoi cuisine. Unlike the plain rice flan in the southern, called “bánh đúc thịt” which is served with ground pork, grilled ground spawns, fried onions, roasted sesame seeds and herbs and fish sauce. “Bánh đúc” or “bánh đúc lạt” in Hanoi is served either hot or cold, commonly with soy sauce and sometimes with soft tofu.
In Hanoi, you can find this food at 14 Phan Bội Châu Street or on Lê Ngoc Han street.
Gỏi khô bò (Dried beef and papaya salad)
This kind of dish is a combination of a variety of grated papaya, roasted peanuts pounded, marjoram and dried beef tendon. Other ingredients include spice, herbs. The salad is mixed, soaked in vinegar, sugar, garlic, pepper and salt.
On Dinh Tien Hoang street – Hoan Kiem lake, it is always crowded where you can find this salad and other Vietnamese salads.
Chè trôi nước (Rice balls sweet soup)
This is one of popular traditional Vietnamese sweet soups, consisting of balls made from green bean paste wrapped in a shell made of glutinous rice flour. The dish is served with sweet clear or brown liquid made of water, sugar, and grated ginger root. The name of dish comes from balls which was boiled in boiling water, then float bobbing on the water after finished cooking.
How do you feel? Is that attractive? Try and enjoy by yourselves!!!