The Captivating Capital’s Culinary Creations: Five Hanoi Restaurants Featured in the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide 2024 edition invites culinary enthusiasts on a journey through the heart of Vietnam's vibrant food scene. With its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, Vietnam offers a unique and captivating dining experience. The guide uncovers the charm, exceptional quality, and infinite variety of Vietnamese cuisine, showcasing the country's culinary excellence to the world.

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Michelin Guides has unveiled its latest Bib Gourmand list for 2024, recognizing exceptional culinary experiences at moderate prices. On June 20, five new restaurants in Hanoi and eight in Ho Chi Minh City were added, bringing the total to 42 award-winning eateries in Vietnam’s two largest cities.

The Michelin Guide recognizes Luk Lak Vietnamese Restaurant’s signature dish: sticky rice with grilled chicken in lotus leaves.

The 2024 Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City showcases a diverse range of cuisines, including Vietnamese Noodle, European Contemporary, Street Food, Vegetarian, Cantonese, and Latin American. This variety is a testament to the vibrant and affordable culinary scenes in both cities.

In Hanoi, the five new additions to the Bib Gourmand list are: Bun cha Chan, serving grilled pork with fresh noodles and offering a unique twist with grilled pork belly or minced beef in betel leaf; Luk Lak, a restaurant known for its Sapa pork belly in herb sauce, grilled to perfection; Mien Luon Dong Thinh, a 40-year-old establishment specializing in eel dishes with noodles and soup; Mr. Bay Mien Tay, a small shop with a signature crispy bánh xèo pancake and a variety of fillings; and Pho Khoi Hoi, a street eatery serving pho with a range of rare and common beef cuts.

Mien Luon Dong Thinh’s signature dish, eel noodle soup, is a delicious example of Hanoi’s culinary diversity.

According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, the addition of 13 new Bib Gourmand restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is an invitation for gourmets to explore the charm and infinite variety of Vietnamese cuisine. He adds that the Bib Gourmand selection offers an authentic culinary experience at moderate prices, allowing diners to discover the lifestyle and culture of these vibrant cities through their delicious and affordable food.

The Bib Gourmand distinction, symbolized by the iconic “Bibendum” or “Michelin Man,” is a sought-after recognition for restaurants offering outstanding quality and value. It assures diners of a memorable meal without breaking the bank, making these restaurants highly popular among those seeking a perfect balance of affordability and culinary excellence.

Pho Khoi Hoi’s beef noodle soup, featuring rare cuts like beef heel muscle, is a delicious example of Hanoi’s street food culture.
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