Sniff Out The Best Street Food In Vietnam

2 May 2015

Gabriella Zanzanaini and Nicolas Petit of The Funnelogy Channel, one of Fathom's 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites of 2015, stopped by Vietnam while travelling from Brussels to Hong Kong.

In a highly delectable #FathomTakeover, they gave a step-by-step visual guide to finding the best street food in Hoi An and Hanoi.
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Foreword

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 Hoi An's river. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

Before we begin our InstaGuide to Vietnam street food, let's start with a cruise down Hoi An's river.
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Step 1: Forget The Guidebooks

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 Hanoi's old quarter. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

Do not be fooled by English menus in pretty restaurants, the best food in Vietnam is found on the streets. Follow your instincts: your eyes, your nose, your palate.

Look for the little red plastic stools in Hanoi's old quarter. They almost always lead to fantastic discoveries and perhaps the best street food in the world.
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Step 2: Use Your Nose

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 Thit nuong. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

Find someone grilling or steaming away and decide what smells best. This thit nuong at the gates of Hoi An's old town hits the spot. Do-it-yourself juicy grilled pork skewers wrapped in rice paper with a mountain of herbs.
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Step 3: Eat

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 Banh can. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

In Hoi An, leave the main streets of the old town and head to the Tan An market. We found a lady sizzling up one of our favourite finds, banh can.

Popular in the southern region, these particular rice flour fritters have quail eggs dropped into the batter and are topped with a young papaya salad, herbs, pork sausage and the mandatory nuoc cham sauce. Add a touch of chilli and devour.
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Step 4: Eat More

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 Mi quang. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

One of Vietnam's most famous culinary exports is pho, but have you tried a mi quang? Much loved in the central southern region, these noodles are chewier, with only a ladle of strong broth added.

It can be rich with pork, chicken and shrimp, but the best part is the crispy cracker that comes with all the toppings. The best one we found was on the outskirts of Hoi An, so grab a bicycle and explore.
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Step 5: Sleep It Off

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 Siesta time. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

After all the food hunting and cycling, there is only one thing left to do before repeating the whole process for dinner. Follow this hard-working vendor (in Hanoi's Dong Xuan market) and take an afternoon siesta.


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Step 6: Develop A Banh Addiction

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 Banh beo. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

These little steamer rice cakes, banh beo, are named after their water fern shape. They hail from Hue, but the best ones were made by Hao, a lovely lady in Hoang Van Thu road in Hoi An's old town.

Go for the delicate cakes topped with dried shrimps, scallions and mung bean paste. She's there daily, from 2-5pm.
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Step 7: Fathom It

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 Banh bao vac. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

Recognise the Fathom logo under these beautiful steamed dumplings? Banh bao vac, also known as white rose, is a specialty of Hoi An.

Supposedly named by the French for their flower petal resemblance, they are translucent, chewy and stuffed with shrimp.
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Step 8: Soak It All In

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 Back alley feast. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

Not only does it taste better on the street, the setting is often unbeatable. Roam the back alleys of Hanoi's old quarter until you spot some gorgeous lamps. Then sit down to grilled pork ribs, roasted quail and bun (rice vermicelli).
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Step 9: Sweet Ending

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 Coconut coffee. Photo: @thefunnelogychannel

The list of food is neverending but to top it all off, make sure you get a sweet, luscious coconut coffee. Head to Cong Caphe on the corner of Nha Chung in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district and watch life go by as you sip slowly and sweetly.

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Visit your local Flight Centre or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Vietnam.

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The Funnelogy Channel

We’re Nicolas and Gabriella, a food and travel-obsessed duo who want to better understand the world we live in through eating everything in sight. We bring together Italian, Chinese, French and Belgian origins; between us we have lived in: Addis Ababa, Beijing, Cascavel, Hong Kong, London, Nairobi, Paris, Rabat and met each other in Brussels, Belgium.