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Best Meals in Hanoi

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13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This "hidden cafe" makes the best ca phe truong (egg coffee) in Hanoi. A few blogs claimed that tourists have discovered this spot, but it was all locals chain smoking when we sat down to have our shockingly strong black coffee. The egg white...
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252 Hàng Bông, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
This place is known for their tomato beef stew served with crusty French bread. It reminded me of osso bucco or cippino broth but with rougher cuts if meat and lots of cilantro. We also got a side of chicken pate and cucumbers as well as a...
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49 Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Cửa Đông Hoàn Kiếm Hà Nội, Vietnam
Today was one of those moments where you realize you're doing it all wrong. I woke up feeling terrible. For about $2, you get a generous bowl of fresh rice noodles, and tender sliced beef in an incredible ginger/scallion broth. I thought about all...
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I wanted something spicy. This spot delivered. Bun Bo Huê is similar to phô in that it's essentially rice noodles in a flavorful broth with meat. This version came with lemongrass stalks, chili paste, lime and some meat parts that are not for the...
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47 Đào Duy Từ, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Cơm Sườn Nướng translates to grilled ribs and rice. You can get either grilled chicken or pork. Both come with a side of pickled mustard greens (very bitter and reminded me of tangy Southern collards) and yellow rice topped with fried shallots. I...
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35B Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
This popular spot turns out savory sticky rice and sweet/salty pickled cucumbers. We got one version with "fat and meat" and another with corn. Both are topped with green mung bean paste and fried shallots. It all sounds like an unusual combo but...
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Just when I thought I've found my favorite dish, I discover Bún Bò Nam Bộ. Fresh vermecelli and marinated beef topped with fried onions, garlic and crushed peanuts. Served in a sweet, vinegary sauce with lettuce, mint, pickled green papaya and...
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1 Hàng Gà, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Pho Ga Dac Biet This spot is for locals only. We edged our way in and got a warming bowl of pho ga (rice noodles with chicken, cilantro, lemongrass and green onions) for breakfast. Be sure to come early (7am) and order a side of quay (fried bread)...