Much of what you know as Vietnamese cuisine came from Hanoi. This city has a long history of making the most of fine ingredients, packing as much flavour as possible into their simple dishes. Add some amazing international cuisines into the mix and you have a recipe for some excellent dining experiences.
1. Vietnamese mixed rice paper – Banh trang tron
Banh Trang Tron Mrs. Toan
Address: No.86 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 25,000
Open Hours: 14:00 – 21:00
Banh Trang Tron 38
Address: No.38 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 40,000
Open Hours: 16:30 – 22:30
Vietnam mixed rice paper, also known as Rice paper salad is a must-try food for when visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi. Like many other street foods in Vietnam, mixed rice paper is made from very simple ingredient including rice paper, quail eggs, beef jerky, dried shrimp, chili powder, special sauce, Vietnamese coriander, peanut, and seasoned fried onion. Thanks to its yummy taste and very low prices, mixed rice paper is a favorite food of young people in Vietnam. The best restaurant to enjoy mixed rice paper is the one in Hang Trong Street. To reach here, you have to follow a small path which is close to the “Viet Culture Space”. Taking a short walk of 120 meters, you will see right in front of your eyes a small restaurant full of people sitting on the pint-size plastic chair.
2. Trang Tien ice-cream – Hanoi’s special gifts
Trang Tien Ice Cream
Address: No. 35 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: VND 12,000
Open Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
Trang Tien Ice cream is famous for its special flavor. Considered as Hanoi’s special gifts, these ice creams is the food for which countless generations of the Hanoian passionate. Representing distinctive feature of Hanoi’s culinary culture, Trang Tien ice cream has a variety of flavors for you to choose including chocolate, vanilla, young glutinous rice, green bean, and Indian Taro.
Appeared in a corner of Hanoi in 1958, since then Trang Tien ice cream has maintained its golden reputation thanks to special flavors. It’s easy to see a long line of people queuing from outside to buy ice cream. Despite this fame, the price here is very reasonable. It costs you only VND 12,000 for an ice cream. To enjoy Trang Tien Ice cream, let’s move to Trang Tien Plaza where you can see a small path called Trang Tien. This street is always full of people and ice cream shop in two sides of it.
3. Wonton-men & fried dumpling in Hoan Kiem lake
My van than Cau Go
Address: No.19 Dinh Liet Street, Cau Go, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 50,000
Open Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Both wonton-men and fried dumpling are not Vietnamese cuisines but they’re still must-try food when visiting Hoan Kiem Lake. Brought to Vietnam in the early 1930s, wonton has changed a bit to be suitable with the appetite of the Vietnamese. A bowl of Vietnamese wonton often has shrimp wonton, a noodle made from wheat flour and chicken eggs, char siu, boiled chicken egg, pork liver, field mushroom, shallot, pork skin, and other special ingredients. To make consommé, people simmer chicken bone, pork bones, dried tam fish, some Chinese herbs and shrimp shells.
4. Beef jerky salad – Nom bo kho in Hoan Kiem lake
Nom Long Vi Dung Restaurant
Address: No. 23 Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 33,000
Open Hours: 08:00 – 21:30
Another tasty street food you must try when visiting Hoan Kiem Lake is Beef jerky salad. To make this dish, people mix beef jerky, slices of boiled beef, beef tendon, smoked pork lover and green papayas salads. There are to options of enriching the flavor. The first one is using fish sauce and lime juice. The other is using soya and vinegar. This food is both crunchy (green papayas salad) and chewy (beef jerky). In addition, it tastes sweet, sour, spicy, tasty and a bit salty.
5. Grilled chicken feet – Grilled Adidas
Grilled Chicken Feet – Ngo Gach, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Address: No.21 Ngo Gach Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 33,000
Open Hours: 16:00 – 22:00
When passing over Ngo Gach Street, you will be attracted immediately by the appealing fragrance of grilled chicken feet. The grilled chicken feet dish í very popular with the young people in Hanoi but a whole surprise for the first-time visitors of Hoan Kiem Lake. The grilled chicken feet are spicy, flavorful, and crispy. This dish is often served with pickled cucumbers in sweet vinegar, baby green mango, and water spinach salad. In addition, Ngo Gach Street is famous for roasted chicken feet, grilled chicken wings and grilled chicken breast covered with special BBQ sauce.
6. Vietnamese sweet soup – Vietnamese Che, Hoan Kiem lake
Address: No.04 Hang Can Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 22,000
Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Vietnamese sweet soup is a traditional dessert which is greatly favored in Hanoi. There are some famous shops selling many types of Vietnamese sweet soup. The most nearby to Hoan Kiem Lake is the shop at 4 Hang Can Street. In this shop, you can find a variety of Vietnamese sweet soup including black-eyed peas soup, green bean soup with coconut milk, lotus sweet soup, and violet sticky rice sweet soup. Thanks to colorful ingredients, Vietnamese sweet soup is not only delicious but most eye-catching food in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
Located at the heart of Vietnam’s capital, Hoan Kiem Lake represents truly and fully the essence of Vietnamese cultures and the lifestyle of the Hanoian. At the bottom line, Hoan Kiem Lake is a must-see place when visiting Hanoi.