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                                      Hanoi and its environs are the birthplace of many quintessential
                                      Vietnamese dishes, such as pho and bun cha, and the city is often
                                      cited as one of the world's great food capitals. It is also a street-eater's
                                      paradise, with a plethora of options for those who want to eat like a
                                      local. In fact, many swear that the best food in Hanoi is found on the
                                      sidewalk, with dishes that often feature fish sauce, lemongrass,
                                      chilies, and cilantro and other fresh herbs.
                                      Although vendors often cook in small shop fronts, they serve their
                                      wares on the sidewalk, on small plastic tables and chairs that can
                                      seem woefully inadequate for overgrown foreigners.

                                         1. Bun cha
                                         Possibly the most delicious food available to man, bun cha is the
                                         lunch of choice all over Hanoi. Pork patties and slices of pork belly are
                                         grilled over hot coals and served with fish sauce, tangy vinegar, sugar
                                         and lime, which, when combined, creates a sort of barbecue soup that
                                         is eaten with rice vermicelli and fresh herbs. Accompanied by deep-
fried spring rolls, this calorically rich dish is served with garlic and chilies on the side for an extra kick.
Try it at: Bun Cha, 34 Hang Than, Hanoi

2. Pho
As the birthplace of pho, Hanoi is ground zero for the fragrant rice noodle soup served with fresh herbs
that has become popular all over the world. It's no surprise, then, that Hanoi's pho is outstanding. Two
variations are most popular: pho ga (with chicken) and pho bo (with beef). Pho is traditionally served as a
breakfast food, so you'll find pho sellers all over town from before dawn to mid-morning.
Try it at: Pho 112, 112 Van Phuc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

3. Bun rieu cua
Freshwater crabs flavor this tangy tomato soup that's made with round rice vermicelli and topped with
pounded crabmeat, deep-fried tofu and, often, congealed blood. An odoriferous purple shrimp paste is
offered on the side, but don't be afraid -- it tastes delicious. Chilies and fresh herbs are the finishing
touches for a complete one-dish meal.
Try it at: 11 Hang Bac St, Old Quarter, Hanoi

4. Barbecue chicken
Ly Van Phuc is its official name, but the place is colloquially known as "Chicken Street" in honor of the
tasty poultry being barbecued up and down this crowded alley. Grilled chicken wings and feet, sweet
potatoes and bread that's been brushed with honey before being grilled are served with chili sauce and
pickled cucumbers in sweet vinegar. The simple, enticing menu is nearly identical for all the vendors on
the street.
Try it at: Pho Ly Van Phuc, Hanoi

5. Sticky rice
In the morning you'll find the sticky rice vendors out hawking their wares. Sticky rice is a hugely popular
carb-rich breakfast food that comes wrapped in a banana leaf. There are dozens of variations on the dish.
One is served with crushed peanuts and sesame salt, another involves white corn and deep-fried
shallots.
Try it at: Street Xoi, 6 Hang Bac St, Old Quarter, Hanoi

6. Iced coffee
Coffee was brought to Vietnam by the French and is, along with baguettes, one of their lasting culinary
legacies. Beans are grown in Vietnam and roasted, often with lard, before being ground and served in
single-serving metal filters. Drinking a cup of cafe nau da, iced coffee with condensed milk, on a busy
side street is one of Hanoi's great pleasures.
Try it at: Cafe Nang, So 6 Hang Bac, Hanoi

7. Nem cua be
You can find many types of excellent spring rolls all over Vietnam, but nem cua be, made with fresh crab
meat, are particularly good. Unlike regular spring rolls, they are wrapped into a square shape before
being fried. Nem cua be are a specialty of Hai Phong, a seaside town not far away, but are fantastic in
Hanoi as well.
Try it at: Nem Vuong Pho Co, 58 Dao Duy Tu, Old Quarter, Hanoi

8. Chao ca
Toast has nothing on chao ca, so if you're looking for a satisfying breakfast in Hanoi, why not try a
steaming bowl of fish porridge? Like Chinese congee, it's a rice gruel made by cooking down the grains
until they are nearly liquid. In Hanoi, it's most often served with green onion, sprigs of dill and slivers of
ginger.
Try it at: Doan Xom Chao Ca, 213 Hang Bang, Hanoi

9. Banh cuon
Banh cuon is a Northern Vietnamese dish that migrated to Hanoi. Thin steamed rice flour pancakes filled
with minced pork and cloud ear mushrooms are served with nuoc cham, a fish-sauce-based dipping
sauce, fried shallots and fresh herbs. Slightly goopy in texture, banh cuon are often eaten for breakfast or
as an evening pick-me-up.
Try it at: Thanh Van Banh Cuon, 14 Hang Ga, Old Quarter, Hanoi

10. Muc nuong
There's no greater pleasure than drinking on a busy Hanoi sidewalk, and what better to nosh on at while
you do than muc nuong? Dried squid is grilled over hot coals before being shredded and served with a
spicy sauce. It's a chewy treat that is best washed down with shots of rice wine.
Try it at: Muc Nuong, 36 Hang Bo, Old Quarter, Hanoi

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Description: Hanoi and its environs are the birthplace of many quintessential Vietnamese dishes, such as pho and bun cha, and the city is often cited as one of the world's great food capitals.