Your Vietnamese food journey can go beyond visiting the most famous and recommended restaurants in Hanoi. Local Vietnamese dish doesn’t end in restaurants, but there’s much more variety at homes of Vietnamese people. And there are some shops where locals go to buy delicacies for their meals at home.
Here’s a list of 4 of top and famous shops selling a variety of Vietnamese dishes in Hanoi. I often buy from these shops for dinner at home and they’re really all super yummy. Thus, I hope you’ll get a chance to visit one or more of these shops to taste the local specialities while in Hanoi!
Giò Chả Ước Lễ - Vietnamese Sausage Shop
Gio Cha Uoc Le shop is a very popular place where locals go for a good variety of delicious Vietnamese sausages. I have tried many of these sausages from other places as well, but this shop clearly is the winner. I could immediately tell the difference when I first tried it. Their sausages are much juicier and definitely feels homemade compared to others I’ve tried.
My favourite sausages here are giò (pork sausage) and chả cốm (made of sticky rice called cốm). You can have it with rice or make a banh mi sandwich with these yummy sausages!
Giò Chả Ước Lễ
Address: 14 Hàng Vải, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
Cá kho Trinh chợ Nhà Bè - Claypot Fish
Cá kho means claypot braised fish, and is a prominent Vietnamese dish. When claypot fish is well done, it melts in the mouth like soft jelly. And this place does it just perfectly. You can notice the long hours and work put into braising this fish by looking at how thick the sauce is.
The price is not on the cheap end, around 150,000 – 200,000VND for a kg of ca kho. However, it is really worth every dong because it’s delectable. With this claypot fish as your main dish with plain rice, your meal is guaranteed to be satisfactory.
Cá kho Trinh chợ Nhà Bè
Address: Số 5 Ngõ Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 17:00
Mắm Tép Duy Anh - Shrimp & Meat Paste (Vietnamese side dish)
Mắm tép is another eminent Vietnamese side dish and this shop specifically is the number one and original shop for this dish. I wrote an article about this shop because it’s not only an amazing local dish nationwide, but the whole experience of going to this shop is a great adventure.
The shop is located inside a residential Hanoian building and you can visit here to buy small containers of mam tep as souvenir. It goes very well with hot plain rice or you can put it in your banh mi sandwich.
Mắm Tép Duy Anh
Address: 67 Hàng Bè, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 11011, Vietnam
Opening Hours: N/A
Thịt Quay Vạn Thành
Thit Quay means roasted meat and their speciality is roasted pork belly, which is also a common Vietnamese dish. I have also tried roasted pork from other shops, but this one is certainly the best of all. I love buying this from this shop as a main dish for dinner at home. The meat is super tender, but the skin is crispy and I really enjoy the texture. Since the meat part is pork belly, it is quite fatty, but it’s well balanced with the shop’s special sauce.
One more thing I love about this is that it’s wrapped in banana leaf because I feel that it makes the experience more local and fun.
Thịt Quay Vạn Thành
Address: 108 Hàng Buồm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00