Hanoi - the Capital of Vietnam - is the motherland of many must-try Vietnamese foods. However, in case you have not had the chance to visit this ancient city, there are a lot of places to try Hanoi cuisine in Saigon. Here are our suggestions for favorite destinations of many authentic Hanoian dishes.
In Saigon, there are several streets that you can come to buy specialties of Hanoi and some other provinces in Northern Vietnam. The stores here have been providing almost every authentic dishes from the other side of the country for up to 20 years. These streets locate in the central districts such as District 1 or District 3 and are where the majority of Hanoians can look for Hanoi cuisine in Saigon.
The familiar addresses for those who love Northern Vietnam cuisine are Chu Manh Trinh (District 1), Nguyen Thong, Vo Thi Sau, Tran Quoc Toan (District 3). Here they have from dry food to fresh food like vegetables or seasonal fruits, from food with short expiration time such as tofu, meat mixed with rice flakes cake, to those that can be stored for a long duration including pickles and Vietnamese wine. Although some dishes are widely sold all around Saigon like sticky rice, sweet soup, or Vietnamese cold cuts, shops at these streets offer ones with Hanoi signature taste. If you visit Saigon during Vietnamese Tet, you should stop by one of these stores to get a Banh Chung, a type of Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cake, since it is one of the must-try Tet dishes. All the products here are delivered from the North by train or plane to make sure they are fresh and well-preserved.
Cold cuts sold at a Hanoi Cuisine Street
- 217 Le Van Sy, Ward 3, District 3
- 7 Huynh Thuc Khang, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- 58 Co Giang, Co Giang Ward, District 1
- 247/3 To Hien Thanh, Ward 13, District 10
Opening hours: 5 PM - 11 PM
Price: VND 35,000 -59,000
Hanoi Ngon is famous for the two snacks that are very popular among young people who adore Hanoi cuisine in Saigon: Nem Chua Ran and Banh Gio. Nem Chua Ran is crispily fried sticks made from pork and pork skin, and Banh Gio is a cake made of a mixture of rice flour and tapioca flour, stuffed with minced pork, black fungus, and boiled quail eggs. They are served with both pickles and Vietnamese chili sauce. Banh Gio is also offered with sausages and grilled pork.
A serving of Nem Chua Ran
Banh Gio and Lemon Ice Tea in Hanoi Ngon
Pho is known as one of the representatives for Vietnamese cuisine. However, this dish has many variants since the recipe is adjusted according to the local preference. Hanoian Pho, or Pho of Northern Vietnam in general, is quite distinguished thanks to the broth, the serving size, the shape of the noodles, and even the toppings. One striking example is that a bowl of Hanoian Pho is that it has onions instead of being served with sauces, bean sprouts, and herbs like Pho in Saigon. When Hanoian first migrated to the South, lots of Pho restaurants’ owners have refused to adjust their Pho for years. Now, most of them have made some chages to adapt to the local taste. Fortunately, they did not do that by changing their recipes, but just by giving vegetables and sauces to their customers. Here are the suggestions for some excellent Pho restaurants that have established for around half a century.
A signature of Northern-style Pho is onions
Address: 170 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6, District 3
Opening hours: 7 AM - 2 PM, 4 PM - 10 PM
Price: VND 55,000 - 100,000
Address: 288 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 8, District 3
Opening hours: 6 AM - 12 AM (midnight)
Price: VND 70,000 - 80,000
The broth of Hanoian Pho is quite clearer compared to other versions
Check out The Best Places to Eat an Authentic Pho in Ho Chi Minh City for more addresses to try all variants of Pho.
There are several streets to find Hanoi cuisine in Saigon that sell different types of Northern Vietnam specialties that are delivered directly from its original land. You should also check out Hanoi’s snack at Hanoi Ngon and Northern-style Pho restaurants in this metropolitan city.
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