“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series
Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi)
Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi.
But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi.
You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine.
- 1 A. Phở – Rice noodle
- 2 B. Bún – Rice Vermicelli
- 3 C. Miến – Glass Noodle
A. Phở – Rice noodle
A.1. What is phở?
Phở is a kind of rice noodle, made by steaming rice batter into thin sheet and then cut them into strand, is thin, flat, and white compared to other types of Vietnamese noodle.
A.2. Phở Bò (Beef Rice Noodle)
Pho Bò Hanoi(Beef Noodle Soup)
Mentioning Hanoi Pho, the most common type of phở can be thought of is phở bò, beef noodle soup. Considering the best bowl of phở bò, several things are counted: the translucency of the soup, the quality of the beef and the thinness of the noodle. Above all is the perfect seasoning of saltiness, sourness from lemon and sweetness from the bone-stewed broth. Phở can also be eat with quẩy (fried bread).
Adding chili, fish sauces, lime and other herbs can amazingly increase the flavor of phở and therefore can give you a full experience of Hanoi’s the most representative food.
- Phở Thìn, 13 Lò Đúc Street – 5:00am to 9:00pm
- Phở Tư Lùn, 23C Hai Bà Trưng Street – 6:00am to 9:30pm
- Phở Lâm, 48 Hàng Vải Street – 6:00am to 10:00am
*Phở Lâm is famous for Soup Beef Heel Muscle Noodle.
Phở Bò Xào (Stir-fried Beef Noodle)
If noodle soup is too familiar with you, let’s try the stir-fried version, which is also comparably fantastic! This is the new taste of Pho Hanoi.
Stir-fried beef phở has the same ingredient as the soup version, but without the broth and is cooked by frying those ingredients.
Herbs, chili and lime can also be added, but merely optional
Pho xao Phu My, 45B Bát Đàn Street.
A.3. Phở gà
If you don’t like beef or you can eat beef, why don’t you give a try with Pho ga (Chicken Noodle soup). Pho Hanoi is also famous for this type of Pho.
Also consists of noodle, broth and meat, phở gà is different with chicken. In using chicken and its bone to create the broth, phở gà is somehow more delicate and light in flavor.
Interestingly, famous phở gà restaurants usually open at night, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
Phở Hà, 15 Hàng Hòm Street
Phở Nguyệt, 5 Phủ Doãn Street
*Price (all types): 40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)
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B. Bún – Rice Vermicelli
B.1. What is bún?
Bún is also a type of rice noodle, but more round in form, like sticks.
B.2. Bún Chả (Grilled Pork Noodle)
Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side bowl of sour, sweet and salty dipping sauce. The indescribable harmony of sourness, sweetness and saltiness of the sauce with the deep seasoned grilled pork, and also with light austerity of the rice vermicelli promises to be a unforgettable taste once tried.
Crispy grilled pork with sour and sweet saucy, with the austere white rice vermicelli stand for the signature elegance and delight in Hanoi food.
- 74 Hàng Quạt Street (in a small alley), 10:00am to 2:00pm
- 34 Hàng Than Street, 10:00am to 4:00pm
- 67 Đường Thành Street, 10:000am to 8:00pm
B.4. Bún Thang
Bún thang is a slightly sweet noodle soup infused with the taste of stewed shrimp. A bowl of bún thang contains many colors working a harmony: the white tangled vermicelli sets off the red of the shrimp, the pink of sliced pork paste, the yellow of sliced fried eggs, cleaved chicken, salty egg yolk, and the green of fragrant knotweed and basil.
The attractive look of bún thang, like colorful blossoming flower, with the light touch of shrimp sauces leaves you an amazing experience of the Hanoi elegant taste.
Apart from Pho Hanoi, Bun Thang is also regarded as the traditional Hanoi food.
- 11 Hạ Hồi, 6:00am to 11:00pm
- 29 Hàng Hành, 6:00am to 9:30pm
B.3. Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm (Fermented Shrimp Paste Noodle)
Bún đậu mắm tôm, shortly called as bún đậu, has 3 main ingredients: rice vermicelli noodle, fried tofu and fermented shrimp paste, also optionally with boiled pork and chả cốm, Vietnamese jaded-rice sausage.
- 29 Alley, Hàng Khay Street. 10:00am to 9:00pm
- 1 Phan Phù Tiên Street, 10:00am to 2:00pm
*Price (for all types): 30.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)
C. Miến – Glass Noodle
If you don’t want Bun or Pho Hanoi for your food anymore, since they have been introduced to you several times.
Why don’t you taste Miến?
C.1. What is miến?
Miến is made of mung bean, or Canna edulis
It’s first gray, stiff in shape and opaque but turn transparent and stretchy after cooked.
Besides cooking a bowl of miến, miến is also used as an ingredient in making spring rolls. Compared to other kind of noodle, the stickiness of miến makes Vietnamese dishes really appetizing and interesting.
C.2. Miến Lươn (Eel Glass Noodle)
Miến lươn nước (Eel glass noodle soup)
Miến lươn nước simply has 3 main ingredients: fried eel, glass noodle and broth. However, the amazing broth of miến lươn nước with hành dăm, a Vietnamese special herb leave you a light but memorable taste of seafood.
Although not as famous as other noodle dishes, miến lươn promises to be an memorable tasty experience in your Hanoi food’s collection
Miến lươn xào (Stir-fried eel glass noodle)
Miến lươn xào is a stir frying version of miến lươn nước. With interesting combination of sour pickled cucumber, fried onion, and eggs with glass noodle and eel, miến lươn xào is also a dish you should not miss when visiting Hanoi.
Miến lươn trộn (Mixed eel noodle)
Miến lươn trộn, also comprise of noodle and eel, is special for the amazing sour and sweet sauce that is used to mix with noodle and eel. With pickled cucumber and other Vietnamese special herb, this dish is also in your should-not-miss food list when coming to Hanoi.
1 Chân Cầm Street, 7:00am to 10:00pm
87 Hàng Điếu Street. 87:00am to 10:00pm
*Price:40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (2 ≈ 3 USD)
Take your time, Pho Hanoi is not the only special dish in Vietnam.
Take several days in Hanoi, you might be amazed with the attractiveness of the food in Hanoi, especially Hanoi noodles – a beauty of Vietnam.