Ta Hien Street is famous for a lot of tasty street foods such as Southern style beef noodle soup, roasted birds, fried spring rolls, fried fermented pork rolls and a “heaven” for foreign tourists when visiting Hanoi.
Southern style beef noodle soup
Ta Hien Street is small and long just with a few hundreds of meters, but it is the familiar place of domestic and international tourists with the exchange of different cultures. Along the street is so many street stalls close together with lots of customers. So, you can find all kinds of street foods in Hanoi like fried fermented pork rolls, fried potato. In which, you should not miss a chance to try Southern style beef noodle soup.
Although the street stall is small with narrow space, you can find it easily with the typical aroma of stir fried beef with garlic. Similar to other restaurants in Hanoi, the dish basically includes vermicelli, bean sprouts, herbs, cucumber, fried onion and stir fried beef with garlic.
Just after customers order will the owner stir fry beef quickly and make the noodle soup. So, the dish is always hot and the beef is not tough at all. While eating, you need to mix all ingredients together. What makes the kind of noodle soup more special is the sweet and sour dipping sauce. You will clearly feel the harmonious tastes of ingredients from the buttery of peanuts, the crunchiness of bean sprouts to the flavor of fresh herbs.
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To make the beef noodle soup delicious, choosing ingredients is the important step. Fresh beef is marinated with sugar, fish sauce, pepper and other spices. Bean sprouts and herbs need to be fresh. Specially, the broth mixture is not too sweet or too sour. Price for a bowl of Southern style noodle soup is around 35.000 VND (equivalently $1.6)
With the gourmets, roasted birds in Ta Hien Street is no longer strange to them because it has appeared for nearly 20 years. The small restaurant selling this dish is simply decorated with the design of ancient but cozy house and opens from 2pm to 10pm. Price for a roasted bird is about 100.000 VND (equivalently $4.5).
A lot of locals and foreign visitors come to this place to enjoy two main dishes which are roasted quails and roasted doves. As the owner said, it takes about 5 hours to marinate the birds before roasting it on the charcoal until it turn golden brown and aromatic.
When serving, a plate of roasted birds will be very hot with the crunchy skins outside and sweet soft meat inside. The meat will be dipped in the mixture of salt, pepper and lemon to get the salty, spicy and sour tastes.
If you have great chance to travel to Vietnam and visit Hanoi, you can try to enjoy these kinds of delicious dishes in Ta Hien Street. If you want a companion to take you around, we are willing to help you with a Hanoi street food walking tour with a local guide Ducivan who has 2 years of experience guiding the food tours around Hanoi with best foods. We really recommend this guide, he is excellent and friendly.