Introducing the First Hungarian Culinary Corner in Hanoi

Established on Hungary's National Day, March 15, the inaugural Hungarian culinary hub in Hanoi offers a delectable array of authentic Hungarian cuisine meticulously crafted by acclaimed Hungarian chef Csaba Szabo.

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During the launch event, The Canteen Cafe & Bistro, a Hungarian restaurant located in Dinh Cong, Hoang Mai, Hanoi, introduced five traditional and signature Hungarian dishes to its customers. These dishes include Goulash soup, which is a traditional Hungarian dish served with beef, vegetables, and pepper; Husleves soup, a meat and vegetable soup served with semolina dumplings; Chicken Paprikash, a chicken stew made with paprika sauce; Marha Porkolt, a beef stew; and Palacsinta, a Hungarian pancake.

The first Hungarian restaurant in Hanoi (Photo: Dinh Hoa)

These dishes are prepared by Hungarian chef, Csaba Szabo. Only high-quality ingredients, including many imported directly from Hungary, are used to provide an authentic Hungarian taste for food lovers in Vietnam.

The Hungarian culinary space is open from 6 pm to 9 pm every day of the week, Monday to Sunday.

One of the customers, Tran Thu Ha, shared her experience: “This is my first time trying Chicken Paprikash. The sauce has a unique flavor with a hint of chili, but it’s not as spicy and pungent as Vietnamese chili. The noodles are chewy, crunchy, and delicious.”

Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Baloghdi Tibor delivering a speech at the launching ceremony of The Canteen Cafe & Bistro restaurant (Photo: Dinh Hoa)

During the launching ceremony of the Hungarian culinary space, Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Baloghdi Tibor expressed his thoughts: “The Hungarian culinary space in Hanoi reminds me of a famous restaurant in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which is also named “The Canteen.” From the decoration to the atmosphere, everything made me feel like home. This is the first Hungarian restaurant in Hanoi serving authentic Hungarian dishes prepared by a Hungarian chef. All five dishes on the menu are favorites among Hungarians, enjoyed by both children and adults on a daily basis.”

Hanoi is a vibrant city with a wide range of cuisine options, from Asian to European. However, I often miss the taste of Hungarian cuisine. The opening of the Hungarian culinary space in Hanoi on Hungary’s National Day, March 15th, feels like a dream come true. I hope that Vietnamese customers and Hungarians living in Hanoi can visit and experience Hungarian cuisine and culture,” he added.

The Canteen Cafe & Bistro was established by Nguyen Thi Van Anh, an overseas Vietnamese in Hungary. Nguyen Thi Van Anh shared her motivation: “One of my most memorable experiences during my 10 years in Hungary was enjoying home-cooked Hungarian dishes by a Hungarian family. When I returned to Vietnam, I wanted to introduce Hungarian cuisine to the Vietnamese people and create a space for Hungarians in Vietnam to share their feelings of homesickness.”

Hong Anh – Dinh Hoa