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Hanoi’s staple food: Pho (noodle soup)
A typical Hanoi restaurant, street-style, where families gather for their daily pho.
This pho chef sits at her stool, flanked by all of the pho ingredients, for many hours each day! She soon recognized us, so our steaming bowl of delicious pho was placed in front of us within minutes of sitting—er, squatting.
My dinner companion, Zoe, was as tired and hungry as I was after 24 hours of travelling.
Our first authentic Vietnamese pho! The great taste was matched by the great price: 40,000 Vietnamese Dong, or about $2.25 CAD.
While Vietnamese people eat pho at every meal, I normally enjoyed mine for lunch or dinner. But I wanted to try it for breakfast before I left the country, and this chicken pho was the perfect way to start a day.
My most favourite Hanoi food: Bun Cha (char-grilled pork and rice noodles)
One small word but big taste: Nem (deep-fried spring rolls)
Some other tasty Hanoi foods to try
At this street food restaurant, slices of a spam-like sausage were added to the Banh Cuon steamed rice rolls. While a bit reticent to taste it at first, my hunger overcame my doubts and I totally enjoyed it!
When you crave North American food in Hanoi
Let’s talk about beverages in Hanoi
Coffee is filtered before it’s added to the whipped egg yolk, condensed milk & sugar concoction that makes egg coffee more like a dessert that you must enjoy with a spoon.
Our Vietnamese tour guide teaches Luke, Ron and Tunde to offer the traditional Vietnamese cheer—Một, hai, ba, vô! (mote hi ba yo) / One, two, three, cheers!—while enjoying bia hoi on a street corner in Hanoi.