Are you planning a trip to Hanoi? If so, you MUST go on this mouth-watering food tour of the city. Along with visiting Ha Long Bay, this was the highlight of my trip to Northern Vietnam.
The 4-hour guided walking tour was arranged by my friends at Viet Vision Travel. They are a great company that provides comprehensive tours around Vietnam, and the staff is nice and easy to work with. There is no better company to choose that Viet Vision Travel!
My food tour guide was a young guy named Mark, who was very knowledgeable about each dish we ate and several other cultural things about Vietnam. He was fun to hang out with and it was educational for me to hear him explain all of the dishes.
Here is a photo of me and him:
And not only was this a food tour, but my guide also took me around to some really cool areas that I otherwise wouldn’t have explored! We visited some hidden markets and off-the-beaten path alleys.
So, here is a breakdown of the delicious things we ate during the 4 hour walking tour:
Meal 1. Egg coffee at Cafe Trung (Cà phê trứng) – What a way to start off the tour! We drank some famous egg coffee in one of the most authentic coffee shops in Vietnam. It was sweet and SO tasty!
Meal 2. Pho ga (Phở gà): Pho (noodle) with chicken and soup – Ahh, my favorite Vietnamese dish is Pho! I am happy that we started off with this, because I was extra hungry and I could fully enjoy it. Pho is a hot and spicy noodle soup with fresh vegetables inside a delicious broth.
Meal 3. Nuoc mia (Nước mía): Sugar-cane juice – We just got this from a street vendor for about $0.50. They squeezed the sugar cane out with a machine, and collected the juice in a cup. So sweet and refreshing.
Meal 4. Banh mi (Bánh mì Hải Phòng): Hai Phong’s style bread – This is my second favorite Vietnamese dish. The Banh Mi is a French inspired sanwdich served in a baguette with pork, onions, green vegetables and spices. I ate one everyday in Vietnam.
Meal 5. Nem cua be (Nem cua bể): Crab spring rolls – Exactly like it sounds, these spring rolls were filled with crab & vegetables, and wrapped in thin white rice paper.
Meal 6. Banh cuon (Bánh cuốn): Rolling stuffed Dumpling – These dumplings were a bit more filling beacuse they were stuffed with more ingredients. But nonetheless, I devoured them and couldn’t wait to eat more.
I even learned how to make these from the street food vendor lady!
Meal 7. Bun Cha (bún chả): Grilled pork noodles – At this point, I was getting pretty damn full.. But I managed to tough it out and enjoy these grilled pork noodles. Apparently, Bun Cha originated in Hanoi. It is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce.
Meal 8. Nom ga hoa chuoi (Nộm gà hoa chuối): Banana Flower salad with chicken – I had never even heard of banana flower before this meal, but it was really tasty. There were so many flavors on the plate!
Meal 9. Banh ran (Bánh rán): Fried Sticky rice Cake – And last but not least was fried sticky rice cake. I only could take one bite of this, because I was so full that I could hardly breathe. But the sweetness was a perfect touch all of the salty Vietnamese dishes that I had eaten over 4 hours.
SNAKE (BONUS MEAL) — the next day, I went on an adventure to the snake village of Vietnam called Le Mat and I was treated to a delicious snake lunch! They literally brought the snake to our dinner table, killed it, and then we drank the blood in a shot glass. Then, they cooked up the snake and prepared it to us in many different ways.. it was really good!
And that is it! It was the best food tour I’ve ever been on in my life, and I highly recommend you to check it out on your trip to Hanoi with Viet Vision Travel 🙂