“Hanoi and its environs are the birthplace of many quintessential Vietnamese dishes, such as Pho and Bun cha, and the city is often cited as one of the world’s great food capitals… many swear that the best food in Hanoi is found on the side walk”, said CNN GO in an article about top 10 street food cities in Asia, on March 23th, 2012.
CNN Go introduces Top 10 Hanoi street food including: Pho, Bun cha (grilled pork noodle), Bun rieu cua (fresh water crab noodle), Barbecue chicken (grilled chicken wings and feet), Xoi (sticky rice with crushed peanuts and sesame salt), iced coffee, Nem cua be (crab spring roll), Chao ca (fish porridge), Banh cuon (rice flour rolls stuffed with ground pork), and Muc nuong (dried squid grilled over hot coals).
For a street food tour around Hanoi, Vietnam Online suggests one Pho, Xoi, Chao ca or Banh cuon for breakfast, protein-rich food like Bun cha, Bun rieu cua and Nem cua be for the lunch, and Muc nuong for the late afternoon snack. A cup of iced coffee with condensed milk can be enjoyed either in early morning, late afternoon or even mid noon.
Other Asian cities in Top 10 Asia’s greatest street food cities by CNN are Penang (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), Taipei (Taiwan), Bangkok (Thailand), Fukuoka (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Xi’an (China), Manila (Philippin), and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).