Top 40 famous Hanoi specialties must try

Let’s go around the capital and enjoy Hanoi specialties right away!

Thanh Tri rolls, Hanoi’s specialty

Thanh Tri rolls originated from Thanh Tri ward, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi.

One feature that we can easily see in Thanh Tri rolls that are different from other types of rolls is that the cake has no filling inside. The cakes here are 100% made from rice flour, so the cake has a characteristic white color, layer by layer, when eaten, you will feel the taste of pure rice flour, right.

Thanh Tri rolls with natural rustic flavors handed down for generations have become a familiar part of Hanoians’ lives. And perhaps for the children of Ha Thanh who are far away, this is also a taste full of nostalgia.

Hanoi specialty hot cakes

Banh Dieu is considered one of the most rustic and simple cakes in Hanoi, but the way it is served varies according to Hanoi’s foodie. The flavors of peanut butter, rice flour, the sweetness of soy sauce and seasoned fresh tofu blend perfectly together to provide a refreshing plate of food on hot days.

Hanoi specialty bánh giò

Banh gio is a traditional dish of Hanoi people and is now present in many regions, becoming an indispensable dish in the culinary life of the people. Stop by to buy a cake that still blows smoke, the aroma spreads and enjoys. Sticking at the tip of the tongue is the fleshy taste of the cake layer made from rice flour – the quintessence of Vietnam, a little fatty and salty characteristic from the cooking spices of mothers and grandmothers. When it comes to the filling, the baby cake packs a whole bunch of flavors, which are quail eggs, minced meat, and mushrooms soaked in rich spices. All in perfect harmony like the way Vietnamese people create Vietnamese cuisine.

Bánh gối delicious food in Hanoi

Banh goi has long been known as a familiar gift, captivating many culinary souls of Trang An people. In the last days of the year, when the monsoons come, bringing the cold of winter, people just want to invite each other to the sidewalk restaurant, enjoy some hot pillow cakes served with a bowl of dipping sauce. rich in flavor.

Dip the cake into the dipping sauce and take a bite, see the crispy, greasy taste of the crust; delicious, soft taste of the inside; The sweet and sour taste of the dipping sauce. All blend together to make the uniqueness of this famous dish in Ha Thanh land. Perhaps that is why, many foreign tourists have been really conquered by these special flavors.

Bánh Khúc – Hanoi’s specialty

Hanoians love to eat banh khuc every morning or evening. On cold days, banh khuc becomes more popular than ever. When holding a hot pack of banh khuc, visitors will feel the cold winds of Hanoi as disappearing, instead of a warm feeling of banh khuc from the mouth spreading all over the body.

The filling of banh khuc is the most important part of making the flavor of Hanoi’s specialty cake, the filling consists of green beans combined with fatty meat. The green beans for the filling are steamed and pureed, covering the fatty meat marinated with spices and pepper. Doing so, the new cake will smell and fragrant for a long time.

Banh Mi with Vang Sauce – Hanoi’s specialty

The highlight of this dish is the wine sauce. To have a good pot of wine sauce, one must choose to get beef with crispy tendons and not simmer when cooked. The sauce smells like five flavors, cardamom and has a very eye-catching red-brown color. Mixed in a bowl of wine sauce are small pieces of carrots, potatoes, and a little herbs to make bread with wine sauce more delicious.

Hanoi specialty mixed rice paper

Mixed rice paper – a “national” snack of most ages because of its attractive taste and affordable price. This dish does not appear naturally in Hanoi, but there is a time when people still have to “transport” mixed rice paper with Uncle Long, Uncle Vien… from Saigon to Hanoi!

A serving of mixed rice paper here is full of dried beef, shredded squid, quail eggs, chopped vegetables, mango and other spices. The rice paper here is tough and chewy, the flavor is extremely addictive.

Doi Can pancakes, delicious dishes in Hanoi

Having come to Hanoi, how can you lack interesting afternoons when wandering around the streets of Hanoi and then accidentally stopping at a sidewalk banh xeo shop? However, where to enjoy banh xeo nem lui is the best, it is Doi Can street – a small street of Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

It has never been too difficult to find a shop selling banh xeo nem lui, because of the delicious aroma of golden spring rolls being grilled on a charcoal stove with the characteristic aroma of banh xeo. It will be an indispensable dish in the journey to discover the special features of Hanoi cuisine.

Lac Long Quan salty donuts delicious food in Hanoi

Lac Long Quan donut shop is famous for a long time in Hanoi with a very different taste from ordinary donuts. At this point, each person will be given a ticket with an ordinal number. Only when the owner reads the number will you be able to enjoy the cake.

Instead of minced meat as usual, the restaurant uses whole meat, making diners eat very well. In particular, instead of the usual way of dipping salty donuts, the restaurant here pours a “divine” dipping sauce on each bowl of donuts. The owner revealed that the sweet and sour sauce here is made from fish sauce, chili, minced garlic and uses kumquats and passion fruit instead of vinegar.

Banh Che Lam – Vietnamese nutty ginger sticky rice bars

The simple but warm sweet soup of the Doai people is not only a delicious dish, but also a “specialty of Hanoi” for a very meaningful gift. Banh Che Lam is made from simple, familiar ingredients associated with agricultural life such as glutinous rice flour, sugar, malt, and a little bit of ginger and roasted peanuts to add flavor.

Eating che lam should be enjoyed with a cup of warm tea to be able to feel more of the yellow flower sticky rice flavor mixed with the deep spicy ginger, the flesh of roasted peanuts as well as feel the warm hometown spirit in the dish. This simple gift.

Bánh đa cua

Banh da cua is very popular, so you can easily find this delicious Hanoi specialty snack anywhere in the heart of the capital. The taste of Hanoi crab rice paper is very rustic with chewy rice noodles, a little boiled water spinach with fried balls and greasy crab sauce.

All of the above ingredients have helped create an irresistible flavor that visitors will remember forever. And to enhance the delicious taste of this  Hanoi specialty snack , you have to add a little hot chili and sour vinegar.

Specialty Bánh tôm in Hanoi

West Lake banh tom have been popular in Hanoi since the 30s of the 21st century. At that time, along Thanh Nien Street running between Truc Bach Lake and West Lake, there were many street vendors gathered. With only simple ingredients, this cake has captured the hearts of many Ha Thanh cuisine followers. Many southern tourists when coming to Hanoi fell in love with West Lake shrimp cakes because of the sweet and sour taste from fish sauce, the crunchiness from fried dough and the sweet taste of ground shrimp meat.

The dough is deep-fried, so it has a rich, sweet and rich taste and is served with raw vegetables dipped in sour and spicy fish sauce. Shrimp cakes are best when eaten while still hot, shrimp shells and dough are crispy, shrimp meat is sweet with a dipping sauce that blends the flavors.

Banh Cha – Cake rolls delicious Hanoi food

Banh Cha is a typical traditional cake, rich in the flavor of Ha Thanh land, a  delicious dish Hanoi  as an extremely suitable gift. The cute little cake hidden inside is the unforgettable taste of fatty fatty pieces of fat and fragrant lemon leaves. The crust is made from flour well kneaded and then rolled, the cake is filled with fat, sugar, lemon leaves, flour, then rolled up, cut into pieces and then baked.

Dien pomelo

In the Hanoi travel guide, Dien pomelo is always on the list of Hanoi specialties that tourists need to try or buy as gifts at the end of the year. As a fruit in the past chosen to advance to the king, Dien pomelo is not only attractive because of its thin, yellow skin when ripe, but the pomelos inside are also very succulent and sweet.

Beef Dipped in Vinegar Hanoi’s specialty

There are few types of hot pot suitable to eat both winter and summer like beef dipped in vinegar. On the day of the change of seasons, sit around the steaming hot pot, enjoy the sour broth of vinegar, the sweetness of pineapple, the aroma of coconut water, the faint scent of lemongrass, the spicy taste of fresh chili peppers. enough to numb the tip of the tongue. The hot pot sauce is fragrant with the smell of onions, lemongrass, sour and sweet, you can dip a piece of beef roll with rice paper with a few slices of green banana, pineapple, sour star fruit, sliced ​​cucumber, a little vermicelli, dipping with things. typical dipping sauce, sometimes slurping hot pot sauce.

Hanoi specialty bún chả

Bun Cha is a very famous dish of Hanoians. When you arrive in the capital, you will see a lot of restaurants and shops selling bun cha.

The unique feature of Hanoi bun cha is in the dipping sauce. Bun cha will be separated from the vermicelli and cha ram and put the meatballs and grilled meat in the same dipping sauce. The bun cha dipping sauce is fully mixed with sour, spicy, salty, and sweet with fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and chili with the right amount depending on the bartender. In the bowl of dipping sauce, there is always a mannequin including green papaya, carrots or many places have bean sprouts. Accompanying will be raw vegetables, perilla, parsley to add freshness.

Bánh mì – Bread

Located in the top of Hanoi street food, also the top of easy-to-make street snacks, it is not difficult to prepare hot sandwiches for yourself and your family. Besides egg bread, meat can be bought anywhere… Banh mi banh mi, grilled pork sandwich, and banh mi pate are three less common types of bread but have a special delicious taste.

In the early days of winter, the air gets colder and the pace of life slows down, sitting at a sidewalk restaurant eating bread and a cup of hot tea watching the street move is a pleasure to enjoy Hanoi street food. as well as swallowing the whole character of Hanoi in the heart.

Bún dọc mùng

Vermicelli growing along the Hanoi mosquito net appeared in the land of Ha Thanh since unknown, but its influence no one can deny. Like many other specialty dishes in Hanoi, this noodle dish is loved and praised by many locals. In particular, the way to make vermicelli growing along the Hanoi mosquito net is quite simple, so almost every family likes to enjoy this dish.

The bowl of vermicelli growing along the Hanoi mosquito net is famous for the delicious taste of the broth and is extremely juicy. Mung is blended according to its own secret with pureed raw pork, minced meat and wood ear mushrooms. Enjoying a bowl of vermicelli grown at this restaurant will give diners an unforgettable impression.

Hanoi shrimp and bean paste vermicelli

Bun dau mam shrimp is a simple, rustic dish in the northern cuisine of Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. This is a dish that is often used as a snack or snack. The main ingredients of this dish include fresh vermicelli, golden fried tofu, spring rolls, spring rolls and shrimp paste mixed with lemon and chili. And it is served with herbs such as perilla, marjoram, basil, lettuce, eggplant…

The greasy smell of fried rice nuggets, tender pork leg meat served with marjoram and perilla. A perfect blend so that one can eat this dish for a whole week without getting bored.

Hanoi seafood vermicelli

Although seafood vermicelli does not originate in Hanoi, it is a favorite dish of many young people. Coming to Hanoi, you can fill your stomach with a bowl of vermicelli with lots of fresh seafood. One of the things that make customers feel satisfied, the seafood here is always fresh and delicious.

Snail vermicelli, a delicious specialty of Hanoi

Hanoi snail noodle dish with famous delicious taste is made from simple and very rustic ingredients such as: vermicelli, snails or stuffed snails, broth, green vegetables served. With eye-catching colors, bold snail juice flavor and soft, slippery noodles have made many visitors “fall in love” with this Hanoi specialty snack right from the first time.

Hanoi Crab Noodles

Hanoi’s specialty snack Crab vermicelli with eye-catching golden brown color, made entirely from the soup of freshly pounded crab meat. When enjoying, you will feel the sweetness of the broth with fatty leopard crab meat and golden fried tofu. And if you are a fan of green vegetables and fish sauce, you can add some tomatoes, grated morning glory, herbs and shrimp paste to your bowl of vermicelli to add more flavor to the dish.

Bún Thang

Bun thang has been present in Ha Thanh cuisine since very early. The essence of this dish is clearly reflected in the broth. Each restaurant will have its own “secret” recipe to create a delicious and attractive broth. However, any recipe requires meticulousness and meticulousness of the cook. In particular, the stage of choosing ingredients for this noodle dish needs to be very careful.

The color of the vermicelli bowl is uniquely combined with: The white color of vermicelli, the yellow color of thinly sliced ​​eggs, the brown color of shredded dried radish, the red color of pounded dried shrimp and the silky green color of herbs and onions. flower. All these ingredients are mixed with the steaming broth to create an irresistible attraction for diners. In particular, if you have eaten bun thang, you cannot miss the delicious shrimp paste with Ha Thanh flavor.

Bún Trộn – Mixed Noodles

Hearing the name Southern mixed beef noodle soup, customers can guess that the origin of this dish is from the South and is sold in Hanoi. But the actual origin of this dish is in Hanoi.

The noodle dish is cool because there is a combination of fresh noodles with papaya salad, carrots, raw vegetables, sweet and sour fish sauce and especially the highlight of the dish is marinated beef according to the recipe of the dish, stir-fried. soft, sprinkle a little bit of roasted peanuts, fried onions for a more fragrant and fleshy dish. This refreshing dish is perfect for hot summer days.

The dish is mixed up, the flavors and ingredients are mixed with sweet and sour fish sauce, rich and delicious, eating once is enough to make us remember forever.

Cha Ca La Vong

Called Hanoi specialties, because perhaps nowhere has this dish, but clever enough to elevate it to a premium and delicious dish. To cook fish is to use halibut, a fish with few bones and sweet meat that lives in large rivers. Fish are usually quite large, strong and heavy. In addition, people can use Anh Vu fish to do it. But rare because fish are expensive. The most popular is still the halibut.

The ingredients to make this delicious dish are also simple things such as vermicelli, such as lentils, delicious shrimp paste and herbs. But when combining them together, it becomes a wonderful and mesmerizing La Vong fish cake.

Vong Village green rice flakes

Vong Village green rice flakes is a famous specialty in Hanoi in particular and the whole country in general. With Vietnam’s long-standing wet rice civilization, Hanoi’s specialty rice ring represents the crystallization of this culture. This is a product that when you eat it, you will never forget its special delicious taste, so in Hanoi, people in the village of Com Vong still maintain and thrive their craft village.

Hanoi chả rươi – fried rice

Talking about Hanoi specialties, without mentioning the fascinating but fascinating dish, it would be very flawed. Just like fish, beef, and pork rolls, cha ruoi is also made from rui – a product that only appears around September of the lunar calendar every year, when the water begins to rise. Therefore, trying to taste this famous specialty is not easy.

Cha ruoi often has a very special taste, delicious, fresh, mixed with a little sweet and sour fish sauce and served with vermicelli and raw vegetables to create a smell because it is difficult to resist. Although it is a famous  specialty dish , not everyone has the courage to enjoy this dish deliciously.

Hanoi Rib Porridge

Hanoi rib porridge is finely milled rice cooked with young ribs into a smooth pot of porridge, crispy hand-cut, a little pepper and paprika, and you have a perfect bowl. People eat porridge regardless of day or night, regardless of the season of the year. When you come to Hanoi, remember to enjoy the ribs porridge to feel the standard porridge of the Hanoi people!

Chá lòng đường Bưởi

Not a common dish that can be found in any alley or street in Hanoi, but heart porridge is also an easy dish to find. Some famous porridge shops are told by Hanoi ghosts such as Hang Phen porridge, Son Tay street porridge. And especially Grapefruit sugar porridge.

Imagine, heart porridge is not only for gentlemen who like to sit and sip wine, but even women love this dish. Buoi street porridge shop has been around for a few years now, the space is open and quite clean.

After being cleaned, pork intestines and blood pudding will be added. The porridge pot is also reduced to other organs and organs such as liver, heart, and kidney, along with spices such as onions, basil, chili…

Eating porridge has its own interesting thing, besides a bowl of hot porridge with distinctive colors, you can also enjoy a delicious plate of pork intestines. Pieces of glutinous liver, pieces of young intestines are bitter and sweet, pieces of stomach are crunchy, or pieces of colon are dark.

Thuy Khue mussel porridge

The dish  Porridge porridge- Thuy Khue  has long been famous to the people around because of the deliciousness of the food and the way it is served. The cold weather of Hanoi’s autumn is nothing better than enjoying a steaming pot of porridge. On the menu of the restaurant there are many different dishes such as rib porridge. Chicken porridge, beef porridge, shrimp porridge, fish porridge, … A bowl of porridge with a full range of condiments depending on the preferences of the diners. Each person should order an extra plate of fried rice to eat with the porridge for a richer taste, making the bowl of porridge more delicious.

Hanoi pickled fruit

In the midst of these hot summer days, when it comes to cuisine, we can’t help but mention the cool, nutritious and delicious fruit pickles.

The fruits are all fresh, ripe and neatly cut, small and thin, thinly sliced, mixed with spices such as coconut milk, syrup, yogurt, and shaved ice. The skillful blend of the rich sweetness from coconut milk, the rich aroma of condensed milk along with the cool taste of fruits gives people a strange passion and love, dispelling all emotions. the heat of the hot summer day in the crowded capital.

Trang Tien ice cream

Regardless of the season of the year, every time you come to Hanoi, everyone should definitely enjoy Trang Tien ice cream. The name of this dish has been kept intact since the first day of production until now. For Hanoi people, Trang Tien ice cream in memory is the taste of nuggets, coconut, green beans.

The most impressive thing that many people enjoy with this ice cream is its longevity, no matter how many years have passed, the ice cream still retains its inherent flavor. Trang Tien ice cream is flexible, fragrant, soft, when biting into the mouth, the cool taste blends with the melting natural fragrance to bring an extremely “already” feeling to the eater. The ice cream is neither too hard nor too cold, especially without using preservatives which are very safe for health.

Hanoi snail

In Hanoi, you definitely have to eat snails once, and to be able to enjoy dishes such as boiled snails, fried snails, steamed snails… it’s very easy because there are many snail shops here.

With a variety of different types of snails, including more and more crabs, customers will be able to choose their favorite dishes. A highlight is that the dipping sauce has a special recipe that creates a delicious and special sauce flavor. The taste of sour, spicy, salty, sweet blends, looks very normal, but when you dip the snail in and bring it to your mouth, it will be an extremely attractive experience for diners.

Ô mai

Converging full of sour, spicy, salty, sweet flavors, O mai is the quintessence of Ha Thanh cuisine. The types of umbrella apricots are quite diverse, delicious taste, rich selection, affordable prices are very popular with tourists. The apricot umbrella is dried so it can be kept for a long time and is easy to preserve.

The most prominent, the most characteristic of the apricot dishes in Hanoi is the crocodile umbrella. Sweet and sour pickled crocodile fruit, processed with a little spicy ginger. When enjoying, you will feel the spicy crunchy taste that will surely captivate the fastidious guests.

Hanoi Noodle Soup

Hanoians use fresh pho noodles with ingredients inside to create their own unique flavor. These rolls are used as an appetizer before the main course, or served with other delicious dishes to add variety to the daily menu.

Hanoi Pho

Pho Hanoi is not only a separate dish of the land of Ha Thanh, but it is also imbued with Vietnamese culinary culture, which is loved by many domestic and foreign tourists.

Since the 1930s, pho has become a familiar dish in the lives of Hanoians. On the narrow old streets of Hanoi from the past to the present, it is not difficult to see burdens of street pho from early morning until late at night, fragrant with the typical flavor of traditional pho. Even after many years, until now, pho is still handed down and preserved. It has become a specialty not only of the capital but also a famous Vietnamese culinary brand. So when coming to Hanoi, don’t forget to enjoy pho here.

Tào Phớ Hanoi

Tào phớ (also known as tofu) is a “country” dish but is “popular” in Hanoi in both summer and winter. With the winter, hot tofu is a special creation of skilled “workers”.

If Hanoians are used to a bowl of sweet and fragrant too pho with grinding stone in the hot summer air. Then when the winter comes, people are even more picky when it comes to making delicious hot tofu that is both suitable for diners to enjoy in the cold of the North, and to sell more goods.

Lotus tea

In autumn Hanoi has the scent of nuggets, in summer tourists will be immersed in the ethereal beauty of Tay Ho lotus. In the harsh weather of June in the summer, it is also the time when the lotus flowers begin to bloom, and it is also the time when people enjoy the sweet cups of lotus tea dispelling the harsh heat of summer. Lotus tea is processed very sophisticatedly, so when enjoying tea, visitors will feel the quintessence and richness spreading in the mouth.

Hanoi lotus leaf sticky rice

Xoi xeo with lotus leaves, a dish with an interesting name, sounds harsh but contains the whole sky of culinary quintessence and the enthusiasm of the baker.

Visitors will find it hard to resist the charm and appeal of this sticky rice dish Hanoi’s specialty with each boiling, fragrant seed wrapped in fresh lotus leaves, creating the nutty flavor of green beans. , the fat of fried onions and the flexibility of Hoa Vang sticky rice with a light, faint scent of lotus leaves. This will be a great gift for your hungry stomach in the cool weather of Hanoi early in the morning.


Sấu is a familiar dish to the people of the capital, from crocodile we can make many delicious dishes or beverages. For every visitor to Hanoi, especially a tourist from the South, everyone must buy themselves a bag of crocodiles to return as a gift. If visitors come during the crocodile season, when walking around the streets of the capital, you will encounter many stalls selling fresh crocodiles.

Above are Hanoi specialties, if you have time you visit Hanoi to enjoy all the above dishes to feel the new flavors that are only found in the cuisine of Hanoi people. Hope this article will help your travel. Wish you have a trip full of memories!

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