What makes bun cha, the Vietnamese street food which U.S. President Barack Obama had for dinner on his first night in Vietnam, a delicacy of Vietnamese people?
Popular in the northern region of Vietnam in general and in the Vietnamese capital in particular for its taste and simplicity, Bun Cha is a dish made from very simple ingredients. It is comprised of two main simple parts, bun (white rice noodles) and cha (grilled pork and meatballs), and always served with vegetables and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, carrot and green papaya.
Becoming a favorite of many Vietnamese, the dish could be found everywhere in the country from an outlet on the sidewalk, a storefront, or a stall at a market to a restaurant, and is easy to be made at home as well.
The dish could also be completed with an optional dish of Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls).
Bun Cha has also become a choice for many tourists coming to the country, and been recommended by travel and cuisine sites. In 2014, the dish was chosen as the world’s best street food by the internationally-renowned National Geographic Travel website. The selection was made based on comments from National Geographic Travel’s Facebook fans, who were asked to share the best lip-smacking street eats they had sampled around the globe.
This half-day Hanoi street food tour will bring you an experience to enjoy local food which is displayed and sold in every corner of Old Quarter, Hanoi.
In the morning, our guide, who is a local chef of Vietnam, would pick you up at your hotel to start the Hanoi street food tour. We eat as we go, walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery.
Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Pho, Banh My Hanoi, and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!
At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or our car will take you back to your hotel.