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.
Taste some kinds of rice noodle soup in Vietnam, must try!
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.
While the North has the rice noodle with grilled meat balls; there are beef noodle or jellyfish noodle of the central region; the South has the typical noodle soup with shrimp paste. Each region has its own subtle cuisine style. Below are some the rice noodle soup you should try when you are traveling.
Hanoi style rice noodle with grilled meat balls
Hanoi has no shortage of good food, but to understand a part of Hanoi cuisine, you should not miss enjoying the rice noodle with grilled meat balls. Like Pho, this dish is present in almost all the streets, alleys with different variations. In which, the most common one is the dish of noodles with a bowl of mixture sauce of kohlrabi and carrot pieces, including grilled meat balls and pieces. Especially, in Hanoi, there is one cooking class course taken place at home named Hanoi home cooking class organized by Ultimate Hanoi Adventures, you can not only learn how to cook many traditional dishes of Vietnam but also know more about Vietnamese cuisine for each region.
Grilled meat balls are made from pieces of sliced pork, which are marinated with spices, then grilled on charcoal until it turns brown yellow. This kind of dish is very easy to eat so it is suitable for hot sunny days. While eating, adding some fresh herbs will become more delicious. You can visit Hang Manh Street, Hang Than, Bach Mai and Dong Xuan Market to enjoy it.
Hai Phong prawn noodle
As typical dish of port land, today it is one of your favorite shrimp noodles in many parts of the country because of specific flavor. The essential ingredients of this dish are rice noodles and prawn, accompanied with some herbs and vegetables like spinach… Unlike conventional noodle soups, the broth of this dish is made from shrimp and sweet bones so it is naturally sweet.
When serving, a bowl of noodle soup with prawn will be added with fried meat betel rolls, fried fish, and some stir fried ear wood slices or water celery. If you want to try this one, you can come to Luong Khanh Thien Street, Tran Quang Khai Street or Cat Dai Street.
Hue style noodle soup with beef
It is no need to go to Hue to enjoy this dish, but if you have the opportunity to come here, you should try to feel its own flavor. Features of Hue beef noodle soup are big, round, long and white noodles; and typically red broth. On the top will be some beef slices, Hue pork rolls and simmered pig legs.
When eating, Hue style beef noodle soup will be served with lemon, chili, herbs, bean sprouts and banana flower slices. Spices and rich aroma of shrimp sauce (mắm tôm) create very specific taste for this dish. Do you want to cook this kind of food? If you like, please come to us, Hanoi home-cooking class, to learn how to make it and enjoy the dish.
Some Hue beef noodle restaurants in the city where visitors can visit are located on Bach Dang Street, Le Duan, Nguyen Du, Nguyen Sinh Cung, Thuong Bac and Ly Thuong Kiet.
Nha Trang jellyfish rice noodle soup
Exotic taste and specialty in Nha Trang are the reasons that you should try the jellyfish noodle soup when traveling to the coastal city of Khanh Hoa. Although the soup is not eye-catchy on color as its ingredients are mainly rice noodle and jellyfish, it attracts a lot of tourists by its typical flavor. The jellyfish after cooked has to be still naturally sweet and crunchy. The broth made from the fish makes the dish more delicious.
You can eat with the fried pork rolls and herbs. After ladling the broth into the bowl of rice noodle with jellyfish to enjoy, you will feel the sea flavor. Thus, it can be said that no matter how many tasty specialties, Nha Trang still captures the visitors by simple but strangely palatable bowls jellyfish noodle soup. Phan Boi Chau Street, Ngo Gia Tu Street, Han Thuyen Street are the trustful addresses for you to enjoy this kind of dish while visiting Nha Trang.
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