Exploring Traditional Hanoi Snacks for Fall

Hanoians experience a truly memorable autumn thanks to the delectable snacks such as Vong Village's green rice flakes and egg coffee available throughout the city.

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Hanoi in Autumn is renowned for its picturesque beauty and distinctive culinary offerings. Some of the iconic dishes that allow readers to explore the charm of Hanoi during this enchanting season include:

Vong Village’s Com

Com Vong Ha Noi

Autumn in Hanoi is synonymous with com, or green rice flakes, which have become a signature of Hanoi cuisine. Com is made from meticulously selected, roasted, and husk-free young glutinous rice grains. Vong Village in Dich Vong Hau Ward, Cau Giay District, is the birthplace of Hanoi’s com. Over time, Hanoi locals have developed various delectable variations of the traditional com, including com sweet dessert soup, fried com, roasted com, sticky com rice, com cakes, com bologna, and bananas dipped in com.

Chili-salted toast

Chili-salted toast

Chili-salted toast is a popular dish among young Hanoians. Made with simple ingredients such as baguette, sausage, meat floss, and chili sauce, this combination offers a strong and addictive flavor.

Ripe Sau

Sau Chin

Ripe Sau, also known as Indochinese dragon plums, are a delicacy that is only available in Hanoi during the fall. They are usually peeled and dipped in salt or mixed with a bit of sugar and chili powder to enhance their exquisite taste. Hanoi locals, particularly young girls, enjoy this snack while indulging in leisure activities like reading comics, books, watching movies, or chatting with friends.

Nom bo kho

Dried beef salad

Nom bo kho, also known as dried beef salad, is a popular snack in Hanoi and is often recommended as a must-try specialty for tourists. Despite its origins being unknown, this dish captivates taste buds with its unique blend of flavors, combining sour, sweet, salty, and spicy elements.

Old Quarter Donuts

If you visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter during the crisp fall season, don’t miss out on the opportunity to indulge in the sweet, crunchy, and aromatic donuts that are a beloved local snack. These donuts, which can be flavored with sugar and honey, add a delightful touch to your stroll.

Old Quarter Donuts

Pho ganh

There’s nothing quite as pleasurable as savoring a steaming bowl of pho, or beef noodle soup, on a crisp autumn day in Hanoi. As you explore the city, make sure to try pho ganh, which is shoulder-pole beef noodle soup. Failure to do so would mean missing out on a unique gastronomic experience in Hanoi.

Pho ganh

Banh mi Dan to

Banh mi Dan to, a stir-fried version of the traditional banh mi (Vietnamese baguette), is a popular late-night snack in Hanoi. Usually, pork, pâté, and omelets are stir-fried together, resulting in a fragrant and appetizing filling that sets it apart from regular banh mi.

Vietnamese baguette

Cha com

Hanoi’s Cha com, or fried bologna with green rice flakes, is a delightful combination of golden, spongy texture, rich sweetness from the pork, and the fragrant and chewy green rice flakes. This dish has long been synonymous with Hanoi’s autumn.

Cha Com

Chao Suon

For many Hanoi locals, indulging in a bowl of hot chao suon, or pork rib congee, at a sidewalk stall on a crisp autumn day is pure culinary pleasure. The sweet taste mixed with crunchy cartilage offers a unique experience that can only be found in Hanoi during the fall season.

Chao Suon

Bun rieu cua with fried lard

A freshly made bowl of bun rieu cua, or crab paste vermicelli soup, captures attention with its sweet soup, fatty fried lard, and subtle sour taste from tomatoes and thickened vinegar. Like pho and chao suon, this dish offers warmth and comfort on the chilly autumn days.

Bun rieu cua

Mixed noodles

Mixed noodles, a popular fast food among young people, offer convenience and endless creative possibilities compared to traditional noodles. Toppings can include chicken feet, sausage, beef, or quail eggs.

Mixed noodles

Bun ca

Hanoi Bun ca, or fish vermicelli soup, is a quintessential traditional dish that attracts locals and international tourists alike. It represents the essence of Vietnamese culinary culture, offering not only food but also a unique work of art. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor this dish and experience the authentic flavors of Hanoi.

Bun ca

Mooncakes with com filling and coconut shavings

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, don’t forget to enjoy the traditional mooncakes with com filling and coconut shavings. This delightful combination adds a new flavor to the mooncakes and allows you to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and rich traditions.

Mooncakes with com filling and coconut shavings

Trang Tien ice cream

Trang Tien ice cream is an everlasting Hanoi specialty that dwells in the childhood memories of many Hanoians, regardless of how many foreign brands enter the market. A visit to Hoan Kiem Lake would be incomplete without savoring the flavors of a Trang Tien cone or popsicle, available in various flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, coconut milk, mung bean, green tea, and durian.

Trang Tien ice cream

Egg coffee

Enjoying egg coffee around Hoan Kiem Lake is a quintessential Hanoi street food experience. The aromatic coffee powder combined with the rich and fatty egg yolk awakens dormant taste buds and leaves visitors fully content.

Egg coffee