In Vietnam, claypot is a traditional method of cooking rice as well as various other dishes. Nowadays, there are more homes using electric cookers and stoves. So it has become a nostalgic and reminiscent experience to have claypot rice, which is loved by many locals. In this post, I’d like to introduce a highly recommended restaurant for authentic Vietnamese food served with claypot rice.
Locals' Recommendation for Authentic Vietnamese Food in Hanoi
Com Nieu To Uyen restaurant is one of the restaurants often reviewed and recommended by local social media channels like YouTube and Instagram. It is a popular restaurant located in Dong Da district of Hanoi. And the restaurant is always packed with locals because of their homemade-like dishes and claypot rice.
Buffet of Dishes to Choose From
Even before you enter the restaurant, you can see the glass showcase full of a wide range of dishes and ingredients. And as soon as you enter, you can choose the dishes from the glass shelf. There are some ingredients pre-cooked and displayed on the shelf, but also some fresh ingredients such as vegetables, meat and even some seafood.
I was really surprised to see how well organised and managed the whole staff team was. And the interior of the restaurant is super clean and spacious. Also, there were only locals. The turn over of tables was incredible and many people were buying take away as well.
Delectable Home-cooked Dishes
When my boyfriend and I arrived and saw the showcase of food, we were happily overwhelmed with so many choices. We obviously wanted to try as many dishes as possible, so we went for a good variety of dishes.
I really loved the mini claypot rice and its texture. Use of flat wooden sticks is a traditional way of scooping rice. So that’s one part of experiencing local Vietnamese meal. The pot is hot, so it keeps the rice warm until the end and the bottom layer of the rice turns slightly crispy and harder at the end. And that’s the best part of having claypot rice and it’s just so yum!
The minced pork and dried shrimp is one of locals’ favourite side dishes. I often buy mam tep from Hanoi’s original and famous mam tep shop and have it at home. It is an amazing side dish to enjoy with plain rice. I think it’s a perfect opportunity for you to try the dish while in Hanoi.
Stir-fried eel we ordered was cooked with tropical herbs such as lemongrass, so I really enjoyed the delightfully refreshing flavour. I also loved the grilled fish. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask about the ingredient of the sauce the fish was marinated in, but the texture of the fish was great and I really liked the taste of it.
What I appreciate about this restaurant is that they have fresh ingredients cooked upon order. So the stir-fried morning glory and pokchoy soup was super fresh and delectable.
Both of us were very satisfied with our first meal here and enjoyed every dish we ordered. We will surely go back here again to try other dishes in the future. And I highly recommend a visit to Com Nieu To Uyen restaurant if you want to have a superb lunch or dinner of authentic Vietnamese food in Hanoi!
Price List of What We Had
Claypot rice (for up to 2 people) – 30,000VND
Mam tep – 40,000VND
Grilled fish – 100,000VND
Stir-fried Eel – 120,000VND
Morning glory – 40,000VND
Pokchoy soup – 40,000VND
Address: 101C2 Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Trung Tự, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 14:00 & 17:30 – 21:00
***Notice: It’s written 10:30 – 21:00 on Google Map, but the restaurant has afternoon break time***