Vietnamese Traditional Food
With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food can be considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. Please come to Vietnam and you can enjoy many kinds of local food such as special noodle soup (pho), spring rolls, grilled shrimp paste, grilled minced fish, etc.
Vietnamese dishes are known for their vivid colour and flavour combinations, while Hanoi local specialities tend to be slightly sweeter than those from other parts of the country.
Dining out can mean picking up a sizzling meat skewer from a roadside stall or sitting down for supper at a high-end international restaurant. The city’s lively nightlife revolves around dance clubs and local bars
– The national dish is Pho, a rice noodle soup usually served with beef (bo) or chicken (Ga). Hanoi pho tends to be sweeter than its northern Vietnamese counterparts and is served with a greater variety of garnishes.
– Xôi xéo is sticky rice topped with fried onions and beans. It’s often served as a hearty breakfast.
– Bun Cha is pork patties with rice vermicelli.
– Cha ca is marinated fish with vegetables and noodles, cooked at the table.
– Speciality coffees include Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk), and Ca Phe Trung, which blends in egg yolk.
There are restaurants and street stalls throughout the Old Quarter. Cha Ca Street is dedicated to its namesake dish, and you can sample other local specialities at places on Tong Duy Tan Street. You’ll find Western restaurants around West Lake, and fine dining in the French Quarter.
Lunch is generally served noon–2 PM, and Dinner 6–9 PM. Tipping is not expected, although you can add 10%–15% for exceptional service
The Old Quarter is packed with nightclubs, trendy bars and live music venues. Tạ Hiện, Đinh Liệt and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets are full of raucous beer bars. Many places are aimed more at visitors than locals, whose approach to nightlife is relatively low-key.
West Lake has a more sophisticated bar scene, as do the French Quarter and the Hoàn Kiếm Lake area. Most clubs and bars close around midnight