Hanoi is foodie heaven and the capital of the national dish Pho, which is a global phenomenon now. Bun Cha, however is the less well known but tastier challenger. From there the variety of delicacies is near infinite. Unmissable foodie destination.

Bánh Giò
Hanoi Meat Pie
16 Đào Duy Từ St, Old Quarter, Hanoi, (next to...

Bánh giò is a variation on a theme in Vietnamese cuisine, a blend of protein and carbohydrate wrapped in a leaf. The gooey gelatinous exterior is made with a mix of rice flour, tapioca starch and...

Bun Cha 34
Bun Cha
Bun Cha, 34 Hang Than, Hanoi

Hanoi's signature lunch dish - grilled pork soaking in complex fish-sauce based broth, fresh rice vermicelli noodles and herbs. Spring rolls on the side.

Bún Ốc Cô Lan
Snail Noodle Soup
Ngõ 139 Khương Thượng, Đống Đa District,...

These snails come as only one ingredient in a striking bowl of color and flavor. Fresh vermicelli noodles green bananas (chu?i xanh) and crab paste (g?ch cua) bulk up the dish.

Ga Tan Stall
Coke Can Chicken
88 Yen Phu St.

In Hanoi, a quarter of a chicken is jammed into an empty aluminum Coke can, along with an assortment of medicinal herbs, roots, seeds and berries. Originating in China, the dish is said to have...

Ngo Dong Xuan Banh Tom
Banh Tom
Banh Tom, Ngo Dong Xuan (bottom end), Old Quarter,...

Deep fried fritters consisting of rice flour and sweet potato batter with shrimps stuck on them. Doused in dipping sauce, crunched down with lettuce and herbs.

Pho Cuon Vinh Phong
Pho Cuon
Pho Cuon Vinh Phong, 40 Ngu Xa Street

A relatively new twist on pho, with the noodles being kept in a sheet to roll stir-fried beef and herbs.

Pho Mau
Pho Bo
Mau Pho Bo, 208 Duong Nghi Tam

Hanoi (if not Vietnam's) most renowned contribution to world cuisine. A noodle soup of beef cooked rare under a robust but fragrant broth. The comfort food of the nation.

Phuong Beo Pho Tiu
Pho Tiu
Phuong Beo Pho Tiu, Ngo Dong Xuan

Originating in China, coming to Hanoi via Saigon, a noodle dish which captures the essence of Vietnamese cuisine.

Phương Béo Xôi Gà
Sticky Rice with Chicken
45 Mã Mây, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Glutinous rice from a tiered steaming pot is clumped, not one grain detached. Tender strips of white chicken flesh get arranged over the rice. Flavour comes in the condiments added just before...

Quý Bún Đậu & Nem
Tofu and Spring Rolls
44 Yên Phụ St, Tây Hồ

Bún ??u is arguably the cheapest snack available on Hanoi's streets. Pillows of bean curd go into oil for double frying, the second time to achieve ultra-crispy mouth feel.

Tuan Ha Phở Bò
Beef Pho
34 Hang Giay (Cnr Gam Cau), Old Quarter, Hanoi

Two kinds of beef: slow braised pieces of brisket that lusciously break up and thinly sliced rare steak cooked under the pour of the ladle. A clump of fresh rice noodles sits inert beneath these...

Van Bun Ca
Bun Ca
105, Quan Thanh, Hanoi

Fresh water fish (perch) fried, layered over the top of greens, lots of dill, fresh noodles, ladles of herby, tomatoey broth.