27 Aug 2015   |   Lists

Top 5 Vietnamese Dishes at the Metropole Hanoi

Oh sure, you can scrub the byways and kiets of Hanoi, looking out for Vietnamese dishes par excellence. And you will find them, as well as arguments about whether this little stall trumps that little stall. But let’s admit it, there can be a lot of posturing to the sleuthing. And sometimes, the best Vietnamese food of all is exactly where you’re most likely to find it.

To wit, Spices Garden at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Their chefs are as local as the food stall purveyors in the gritty streets; their ingredients are locally sourced, and their presentation is fit for a king.

The following is a list of the five most popular Vietnamese dishes served at Metropole Hanoi's Spices Garden.

1. Pho

Pho, of course. It’s Vietnam’s most popular dish, and it’s borne of Hanoi. To sit with a bowl of fresh noodles and beef or chicken pho submerged in clear broth flavored with ginger and shallot is the single best way to start off any Vietnamese day. Enuf said.

2. Bun Cha

Bun cha is not an everything-in-a-bowl dish but a set of small dishes: fresh noodles, hot charcoal-grilled pork, fresh herbs, and a dipping sauce made of fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, sliced green papaya, and chopped garlic and red pepper. With this dish, you decide your own combination.

3. Cha Ca

Grilled, marinated fish fresh from the Red River is amplified by peanuts, herbs and shallots. It is served when hot, and thus, a great choice for cold days. Like many other Vietnamese dishes, it is not complete without a dipping sauce.

4. Beef & Seafood Skewer

Succulent grilled beef or seafood embedded with sliced legumes on bamboo or lemon-grass skewers together with a collection of signature dipping sauces.  What’s not to like about this.

5. Fresh/Fried Spring Rolls

Most cooking classes in Vietnam trumpet fresh spring rolls on their menus. They are delicious, healthy and easy to make, while crunchy fried spring rolls are sure to make anyone’s belly happy. Call them the delectable duo. Try both.