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5 Dishes Hanoi is Famous for - Tantalise your tastebuds with delectable food!

Being the capital city of Vietnam and a popular tourist attraction, Hanoi is renowned for its monumental structures, its bustling city life and most importantly its decadent food culture. If you love food and are planning to visit this city anytime soon, here are 5 dishes that you must try during your time here.


Cha Cha

As simple as its name this is a dish prepared by simple ingredients and it is very popular among the Vietnamese for its distinctive and succulent flavour. The dish is made from a type of white fish which is seasoned with ginger, garlic, dill and turmeric. It is then seared in a pan. The dish is served sizzling in a pan along with a bowl of rice noodles that have chopped onions, peanuts, parsley, Nuoc Cham sauce and sliced red chillies. You can find the most delicious variant of this dish at Hanoi Hotels with pool the likes of Somerset West Point Hanoi.


Mien Xao Luon

Coming in as a delight to seafood lovers, this is a noodle dish that is served with fresh deep-fried eel. The dish is made by stir-frying glass noodles with various ingredients and serving it in a bowl with eel-based broth. The noodles is then topped with generous amounts of fried eel, cucumber slices, shaved banana blossoms, bean sprouts and egg. You can find this dish at many of the eateries in Hanoi and could cost you up to 35 000 to 50 000 VND.


Bangh Goi

Regarded as a snack that is loved by many, Banh Goi is a fried dumpling filled with a tasty and flavourful filling, the filling contains minced pork, wood ear mushrooms, steamed quail eggs which are mixed with finely chopped rice noodles. The mixture is then encased in a rice flour pastry and then deep-fried till they are crispy and golden. The fried dumplings are served with a dipping sauce that is made using fish sauce, garlic, chilli sugar and lime juice. The fried


Sweet Sticky Rice

Being a dish known for its unique flavour which combines different tastes, you could find this at almost all the eateries in Hanoi. The dish is made with sticky rice which is topped with green mung bean paste, dried shallots, soy sauce and preferred meat item to go with the dish. You can choose from boiled chicken, Vietnamese ham, marinated pork and quail eggs to make it a more substantial meal. This is also served as a dessert at some restaurants with sweet and sour toppings and could cost you between 15000 to 30000 VND.


Chim Quay

Chim Quay is made from a pigeon that is marinated in aromatic spices. Cleaned and being left to marinate and absorb the juices for about a day, the pigeon is then grilled over charcoal until the skin becomes crispy and thoroughly cooked. Although eating pigeon might sound a bit weird in western standards, this is a delicious dish and you wouldn't even know if you are eating a pigeon when you try it. Many say it tastes like a less fatty version of Chinese style roast duck.