Hanoi has long been considered a culinary paradise in the worldwide tourism map. Its food is famous for the freshness, rich flavour and diversity that can suit every taste. If you travel to this iconic city with your family, especially with your kids, here are the top 10 check-list food you should try for the best experience:
1. The famous Pho
A favourite dish of the Vietnamese people, the pho noodle soup, has been recommended as a "bowl of heaven" by The Huffington Post, a US newspaper website.
The online newspaper lists the dish as one of the most delicious foods people should discover while travelling abroad. Pho is soup consisting of broth of Beef or Chicken, Rice noodle or called bánh phở, slice of Beef (all different cuts) called Pho bo. Chop Chicken with bone and chicken broth called Pho ga. the broth with a few herbs or no herbs (depending where the Pho cooked), Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam where it found almost a century ago from the northern Vietnam. It is ranked 11 out of the list of top 12 foods. It is easy to eat, and very nutritious too.
2. Bun cha
Bun Cha - a classic Hanoi dish, is a great combination of savory and fresh flavors. Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white rice noodle (bun) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. To make the sweet and sour soul of this dish, the cook mixes fish sauce, vinegar, and sugar together. The ingredients might sound simple but the taste varies from one shop to the next because every Hanoian has their own ratio they follow. Diners can tell whether their bun cha is good or bad by the flavor of the sauce.
The highlight of the meal - the meat is made from pork and cooked in two styles: cha vien (ground pork) and cha mieng (grilled thin sliced pork). It is served better with the broth. The food smells great, so it will not take time to convince your children to give it a try.
3. Com (Green rice flakes)
Com is freshly harvested sticky (glutinous/sweet) rice that's been toasted to bring out its delicate flavor. It can be eaten as is and out of hand. Though the grains quickly lose their delicate qualities (around 24 hours), people in the North enjoy them past their prime in other dishes. For example, they can be featured in rice cakes called bánh cốm, which often appear during special events like engagement ceremonies or Tet, made into ice cream, or suspended in a sweet dessert soup. The grains may stir-fried with sugar and oil, a preparation that sounds rich and dandy. They may also be popped and mixed with sugar syrup into a Vietnamese rice crispy treat. In other cases, they can be used as the main ingredient for Cha Com, which is a specialty of Lang Vong - Vong Village (Hanoi).
The taste of Com is light and soothing, making it a popular choice of food among both local people and foreign visitors regardless of age and gender.
4. Spring rolls (Nem ran)
Nem is the Northern Vietnamese name for fried spring rolls, made from crispy rice paper wrapped around a mixture of minced pork and/or sea crab, vegetables, mushrooms, glass noodles and egg yolk. Like Bun Cha, what completes Northern spring rolls is the special dipping sauce. It's tradition fish sauce mixed with garlic, pepper, lemon/ vinegar, , chillies and water. The best way to enjoy fried spring rolls is dipping it into abundant sauce while it's just hot fried, which will make your taste boom at the crispiness and amazing flavour. Of all the way to make food, frying is the best way to trigger your taste and enhance the richness of food, which is very suitable for kids, even with those being picky in what to eat.
5. Che (Sweet desert)
Che is any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Varieties of Che are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream. Other types are made with ingredients such as salt, aloe vera, seaweed, lotus seed, sesame seed, sugar palm seeds, taro, cassava and pandan leaf extract. Some varieties, such as che troi nuoc, may also include dumplings. Che are often prepared with one of a number of varieties of beans, tubers, and/or glutinous rice, cooked in water and sweetened with sugar. The preparations are named with the addition of qualifying adjectives referring to a wide variety of distinct soups or puddings which may be served either hot or cold. Each variety of che is designated by a descriptive word or phrase that follows the word che, such as che dau do (literally "red bean che").
Particularly suitable for kids having a sweet tooth, this dish is definitely a must-try!
If you are looing for a place to satisfy your curiosity about Vietnamese cuisine, then Lang Lieu is exactly where you should head to!
Named after the progenitor of Vietnamese cuisine, we dedicate ourselves to providing a special journey back time so that every guest can fully sense Vietnamese culture-rich history through the food we serve. Our menu presents signature traditional dishes in Northern Vietnam, from the Old Quarter of Hanoi to the mountainous North-West and North-East.
Also, located right in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Lang Lieu has such a tranquil vibe that you will immediately find peace the moment you step past the door.
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