As one of the most popular and famous breakfast menus in Hanoi, banh cuon is a delectable local dish to try. Banh cuon means rolled rice flour and has the heavenly soft texture and is an absolute delight to begin the day with. As it’s a prominent breakfast dish originated in Hanoi, there are many different restaurants and street vendors selling this dish. So I believe you could even do a banh cuon tour around the city and will have plenty of great places for it.
But here’s a well-known banh cuon restaurant where you can go for a guaranteed yummy banh cuon.
Banh Cuon Ba Hoanh
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with busy kitchens filled with delicious food and staff with beautiful smiles. The restaurant I went to is located in Hai Ba Trung district. But there are three other different locations of the same restaurant, all located in local neighbourhoods outside of Old Quarter. If you’re staying inside Old Quarter, the one in Hai Ba Trung district is the nearest one.
Delectable Banh Cuon
There are two types of banh cuon you can order here. One is rolled banh cuon with mushroom and meat filling and another is unrolled rice flour without any filling. They’re initially the same dish, but gives a totally different feeling and flavour. I think this is why it’s perfect to go here with at least one more person, so you can try both. Or you can order two for yourself!
Also, there are two types of sausages that come dipped in the fish sauce. One is called chả and another called giò. Cha sausage with layers is slightly harder and chewier than gio sausage. In my opinion, gio had a more intense flavour than cha here. I personally think it’s also good to try both cha and gio sausages to have a variety of texture and slightly different flavours.
The fish sauce here was the most intense one I’ve ever tried in Vietnam. It was so rich and flavourful and thus made the whole meal much more flavoursome and delectable.
While banh cuon is predominantly a breakfast menu in Hanoi, the restaurant is open all day until the evening, so you can visit here for lunch or dinner instead.
The restaurant has a good variety of banh cuon menus as well as lots of other rice flour based menus. So if you’re going here with a group, you can try some other options along with their delicious banh cuon.
While I was looking around, I noticed something crazy on the menu. There are huge insects on the beautiful and mouthwatering pictures of banh cuon! I must say, at first I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But my boyfriend told me that this restaurant is famous for that special insect.
Apparently, those are water bugs that you chop and mix in with the fish sauce. Then it creates a very unique and amazing flavour. I confess that despite having tried, seen and heard of many exotic foods around the world, this was still mind blowing to me. This insect is so special that one water bug is 50,000VND, which is more expensive than the entire banh cuon set for 1 person.
I honestly do not have the courage to try this (yet…?). But my boyfriend is up for trying it some time. So if he or anyone else does try it, I’ll write an update on that experience! Meanwhile, you can watch this brave YouTuber trying it.
Banh Cuon Ba Hoanh
Address: 66 Tô Hiến Thành, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 20:00