What is the best Hanoi street food for night owls

If you are a person who has special interest in discovering Hanoi at midnight, you might consider noting some of the best food destinations that can make you stay energetic and most active during you journey. Let us help you a little to fulfil the list today!

1. “Pho ganh” (Pho sold in a shoulder pole)

This type of selling “pho” has existed for nearly 30 years in the heart of the old town, carrying only a simple Pho without a signboard but attracting many diners.

“Pho ganh” is sold with medium-raw and cooked meat and wine sauce. The broth here is simmered from bones, so it has a sweet and aromatic smell of cinnamon and star anise.

Beef with wine sauce served with softly simmered noodles, has a strong taste and has an appealing smell. The meat is fresh and not too chewy, this is also a dish many customers choose at “pho ganh”. Just 2 rows of tables and chairs, the vendors still attract many diners. Customers who come first will be asked by staff to serve and serve food first. However, the shop has a minus point that when it is crowded, customers may have to wait from 30 to 45 minutes for their dish.

Address: Hang Chieu (Hang Duong - Hang Chieu crossroads)
Price: 25.000 – 40.000 VND
Opening hours: 3 p.m. to 7 a.m.

2. Fried rice

At midnight, if you want to fill your hungry stomach, fried rice may be good option, and fried rice at Ma May street is the most recommended. White fried rice is not too oily, served with cucumber, stir-fried hearts or burnt bacon with strong flavor.

You should not ignore the famous fried rice with beef and pickle here, the rice is crispy outside and soft in the inside, sour is just enough, the slice of beef is not too chewy.

In addition to many types of fried rice, you can also choose “Pho”, stir-fried noodles or order extra pork braised omelettes for a full stomach.

Address: 38 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 60.000 – 80.000 VNĐ
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

3.  “Pho bo” (Rice noodle with beef)

It is “Pho bo” at 3, Tran Phu street that is famous for this dish. It was opened a long time ago, which is full of memories of an old Hanoi with an iron-clad pedestal, thick and heavy porcelain bowls, aluminum ladles and black colored chairs.

It all makes anyone who comes here feel a little peaceful, especially if eating pho at the late night. When the streets are no longer crowded and the city is no longer bustling.

Address: 3 Tran Phu street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 40.000 – 60.000 VNĐ
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. of the following day

4. “Pho ga Nguyet” (Flat rice noodle with chicken) at Phu Doan street

The restaurant is a familiar address for young people with dishes such as mixed noodles, noodles soup, wheat noodles and vermicelli.

Chicken at the restaurant is considered to be chewy and has appealing color of white chicken meat and shiny skin, which is served with mixed Pho.

There are side ingredients like dry onions, peanuts, sprouting, herbs and young chicken eggs that you can choose to add to your mixed noodle.

Address: 5, Phu Doan street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 35,000 to 55,000 VND
Opening hours: 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.

5. Yen sticky rice at Nguyen Huu Huan street

Having opened for many years, the restaurant attracts many customers because of its fragrant, chewy and hot sticky rice.

In addition, the accompanying dishes here are also savoury, including meat, poached egg, pate, sausages, chicken, shredded chicken, Chinese sausage.

The plus point here is fast service and lots of seats and it is considered to be one of the best sticky rice shops in Hanoi. However, the price is a bit high compared to other stores

Do not forget to try the truffle sticky rice with chicken and mushrooms that have made the brand of the shop.

Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 40,000 - 65,000 VND
Opening hours: 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. of the following day.

6. Cartilage rib porridge at Dong Xuan market

Huyen Anh porridge is a familiar address for many people who love snacking on the sidewalk. The shop serves grinded porridge eaten with chopped pork cartilage, shrimp paste and chopped “quay”. Depending on your preference, you can add chili powder, pepper.

This place has been always recommended by gourmets in Hanoi as the best porridge restaurant in Hanoi.

A customer named An said: "The shop has been sold here for about 6, 7 years and the porridge is very good, it is not diluted like porridge in many other places. The cartilage is crunchy but the surrounding meat is soft."

Address: Located at the beginning of Hang Khoai street
Price: 20,000 to 50,000 VND
Opening hours: 6:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

7.  “Banh mi dan to” (Vietnamese sandwich)

“Banh mi” here is quite different from Vietnamese traditional “banh mi”, which lies in the difference of pate, sliced ​​sausages and dried beef, they are mixed and fried with eggs right in the pan, then they are put it on bread altogether. Loaves of bread are crispy and served with cucumbers and herbs.

After queuing for about 15 minutes, you will receive a hot “banh mi”. Enjoying food on the house stairs or sidewalk is an interesting suggestion for those who like to roam the night of Hanoi.
Address: on the corner of Tran Nhat Duat and Cao Thang streets, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 20.000 – 30.000 VND
Opening hours: 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.

8. Beers at Ta Hien street

Young people in Hanoi often come here to drink beers with their friends and try some delicious supporting dishes, so that Ta Hien is famous for diverse cuisines at night. This street is busier and more crowded at midnight. There are some renowned dishes you should try:

Grilled quail with honey: This dish is quite popular with many young people when visiting this street, which is both delicious and cheap.

Snacks: lemon tea, chips, cheese sticks are not traditional Vietnamese dishes but their popularity is not inferior. The aromatic and sweet taste of these dishes combined with lemon tea, cool peach tea will give visitors a warm evening with friends.

Chicken feet with all kinds of processing from steaming with onion, fried, grilled or mixed with sweet and sour sauce, which all have distinctive flavor.

Ta Hien is considered to be the sleepless street in the heart of Hanoi with unique and diverse culinary street

Address: Ta Hien street, Hang Buom ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 100.000 – 200.000 VND
Opening hours: Almost all night long

After walking for long hours in the Old Quarter or visiting some flower markets or early markets at about 3-4 a.m. in the morning, it is a good idea to fill you hungry stomach and recharge yourself with some hot and delicious food. So please, note some of those destinations down on your list and create a perfect plan for you night discovery in Hanoi.


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