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Ha Noi in the Asia's 10 greatest street food cities

Update: March, 30/2012 - 08:12


HA NOI – Ha Noi has been listed as one of the ten greatest street food cities in Asia by CNN.
Bun Cha - VNS Photo Van Vi

Cable news network CNN described the capital city and its environs as the birthplace of many quintessential Vietnamese dishes, such as pho and bun cha, and the city is often cited as one of the world's great food capitals.

"It is also a street-eater's paradise, with a plethora of options for those who want to eat like a local. In fact, many swear that the best food in Ha Noi is found on the sidewalk, with dishes that often feature fish sauce, lemongrass, chilies, and cilantro and other fresh herbs," according to CNN.

 "The city, which celebrated its 1,000th birthday last year, has put those centuries to good use perfecting its curbside nibbles. Although vendors often cook in small shop fronts, they serve their wares on the sidewalk, on small plastic tables and chairs that can seem woefully inadequate for overgrown foreigners."

Pho (rice noodles) - VNS Photo Van Vi

CNN features the ten dishes including bun rieu cua (soft noodles with freshwater crab sauce), barbecue chicken, sticky rice and nem cua be (crab spring roll).

HCM City was previously listed in the world's top 10 best street food destinations.

The list was created by Food and Wine magazine, a monthly publication of American Express Publishing.

HCM City's most famous street foods include pho (rice noodles), banh my kep pate (sandwich with pate), and banh xeo (sizzling cake or fried pancakes made of rice flour, turmeric powder, and slivers of fatty pork and shrimp). -- VNS

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