I know that this menu served in my favourite restaurant in Hanoi can scare off many of you because of its name and just what it is. However, it is one of the dishes you must try if you’re in Hanoi because it’s that good! Lòng rán means fried pork intestines and this restaurant is the number one place where local Hanoians gather here every evening with friends and families to enjoy intestines over a glass of beer, wine or iced tea.
Bún đậu mắm tôm is a prominent Hanoian dish, famous for the special shrimp sauce and pork intestine is one of the ingredients that come with this dish. If you’d like to try this dish in a locals’ recommended restaurant, go check out this article for details. And this Long Ran restaurant’s main dish is intestines because they deserve all the spotlight on its own.
This restaurant only opens in the evening everyday from 6pm. It is always packed with local people occupying seats on the street and along with the busy going of cooking, serving back and forth between the outdoor kitchen and tables, it is quite a scene to witness and even more fun being part of.
If you’re a food adventurer, not only will the food be surprisingly good despite some skepticism some might have, you’ll be in for a very local experience surrounded by locals. I always have a wonderful time here because of the scrumptious dishes and the simple and earthy vibe.
The menu is quite simple and mostly intestines cooked in different ways – fried, stir-fried, steamed, salad etc. I also love ordering fried pork rib to balance the texture because intestines are mostly quite chewy.
Some basic side dishes – such as fresh herbs, cucumber slices, bun rice noodle and mam tom sauce – will come along whatever you order here. Mam tom sauce is a very famous and popular sauce in Hanoi, but it might not be for everyone due to its very particular flavour and smell. So you can ask for alternative sauces such as salt & pepper with fresh lime (muối tiêu) or fish sauce (nước mắm) if you’d like.
A cold glass of beer or iced tea is a must to refresh in between these yummy dishes. If you like to go for something more than beer or tea, you can order a small bottle of wine made of Vietnamese fruit called mơ xanh, which is similar to apricot or plum. With the sweet and rich flavour of this wine, your meal will be that bit more enjoyable!
Lòng Rán Nguyễn Siêu
Address: 23 Nguyễn Siêu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Everyday 18:00 – 23:00