Discover Hanoi’s cuisine!
Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese cuisines including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling some tasty snacks from the street carts.
Bánh xèo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam. The word xèo depicts the sizzling sound when pouring the batter into the hot skillet. This “Vietnamese pancake” has a yellow outer layer and is filled with boiled pork strips, shrimps, bean sprouts and spring onion. The impressive taste of crunchy crust, savoury fillings, sweet and sour dipping sauce will definitely make you fall in love with this delicacy. Besides, the sauce is a perfect blend of spices (including fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic and chilies), while the herbs help eliminate the greasy taste.
Pho – or rice noodle soup – is omnipresent in Hanoi, appearing anywhere from street vendors to high end restaurants. This universally famous food is best enjoyed in Hanoi, where it was “invented” in the early 20th century. Some are served with chicken and some with beef. Each type of meat entails a variety of sub-dish, from beef tenderloin to beef brisket, chicken wing to chicken thigh.
Bún chả – is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork, noodles coming with a heap of pickles and fresh herbs. “Bún” means fresh white rice vermicelli, and “Chả” is charcoal grilled pork belly and meatballs. Two amazing major ingredients are served with the unmissable dipping sauce including fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, hot chilly, black pepper, which surely determines the dish’s quality.
Fresh herbs are an essential part of Vietnamese food, and you’ll get a large bowl served alongside your main dish of Bun Cha. Bean sprouts, mint and coriander are the most common, as well as pickled green papaya, carrot and cucumber.
We finish our food tour at “bia hoi corner” on Ta Hien street, one of the hot spots for beer to enjoy a cold beer while sitting at a street corner of the Hanoi Old quarter. Our tour guide will take you back to your hotel at the end of the day tour.
- Tour as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers.
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times.
- Meals listed in the itinerary.
- Expert English-speaking local guide.
- Service charge and government VAT tax.
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– The itinerary may subject to change depending on weather conditions and the local situation.
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