Street Food in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

09, November, 2018

Street Food in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

A great deal is written online reviewing restaurants worldwide. It has become an important way for places to attract customers and build up their reputations. It is rare that reviews will talk about less formal places which attract regular custom, but are things about to change? Everyone knows about the street food available throughout Asia and the Old Quarter of Hanoi is certainly a place to enjoy it. It appears that a small stall known only as Son’s in Cau Go, an alley in the Quarter is a place to try because it is proving hugely popular with locals. There is no nameboard, nor menu but you will see it surrounded by motorbikes.

When you book a Vietnam tour package, it is important that you experience Vietnam at its best and that means not only seeing the major landmarks but meeting the locals. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, there will be plenty heading for work and stopping for breakfast at places like Son’s.  With such a turnover, the food is bound to be healthy, especially since the vegetables are likely to have come from a local market that day, and only been taken from the fields the day before.

All the stalls will have their regulars and they deserve to do well because the hours that street food stalls are open can begin as early as 5am and stay open until there are few customers left, usually around midnight. You see they provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Typical meals can include a bowl of sticky rice, perhaps pork, vegetables, often served in a broth and certainly flavoured with herbs and spices.Vietnam ese cuisine is becoming increasingly popular around the world so you may be familiar with typical dishes before every travelling to Vietnam. Whether you are in an expensive (relatively!) restaurant or in the street, you are likely to find the same dishes ‘’on the menu.’’

When you book a Vietnam holiday, the itinerary can be tailormade to your particular interests. If that includes the cuisine of Vietnam, you can ask your Vietnam travel agent to arrange for you to take a cookery class. You will start by going to the local market to buy ingredients and finish with eating what you prepare. In the Old Quarter in Hanoi, people like Son are doing that every day for many hours. The fact that Son has been running her stall for many years suggests she has mastered the art of cooking Vietnamese food.

You are likely to have a guide with you most of the time and while you are in the Old Quarter, he or she will explain to you the dishes that are being served by the various stalls. The national dish will be found in many places; Pho. It is a bowl of broth with rice noodles, pork, chicken or fish, vegetables and then herbs and spices added. You will get some dipping sauces as well. Why not sit down on a plastic chair in Hanoi Old Quarter and enjoy a bowl?