BBQ Street Food in Hanoi

April 21, 2011

After a Whirlwind Day in Ho Chi Minh City and a lovely five days in pretty, peaceful Hoi An, Ben and I set forth to the north of Vietnam. We arrived in Hanoi at around 7pm after a long day of travelling, which left us rather tired and hungry. A good feed was in order, but bed was also beckoning. Hence we resolved to not venture far from our hotel in search of food.

Folks, the foodie Gods were shining down upon us that night. For we only had to walk three minutes before stumbling upon a street-side delight, the smell of grilling meat enticing us to pull up a tiny plastic stool.

As soon as we sat down we were presented with our very own portable grill and plates of food – beef and pork, vegetables, tomato and pineapple – a real bounty!

Salt, lime juice and chilli makes an exciting dipping sauce.

This Korean BBQ style meal, where you grill your own food on a convex hot plate, was a lot of fun. I am always a fan of interactive food! The smell coming off the grill was enough to make us jump up and do a little dance. But we didn’t – we were already standing out enough as it was.

I think the meat had been marinating in oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and the beef was just delicious, so tender. The pork was a bit fatty, so I left most of those pieces. It was all about the beef! And when the onions started to caramelise in the meat juices and get all crispy….oooooooo it was spectacular.

If you’re ever in Hanoi and up for some street food, I recommend you visit 48 Hàng Tre for street food BBQ delight.

Replenished, we headed back to our hotel and slept very soundly indeed. We stayed at The Jasmine Hotel, and were thrilled with their location and service. The next day we were up bright and early to explore charming Hanoi. What a gem this beautiful city is. More stories and adventures to come…

Heidi xo

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17 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Chin April 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    How can you not love street food?

  • Reply Carolina April 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

    so yummy!! enjoy the rest of your travels 🙂
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  • Reply wholesomecook April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I'm quite envious of your Vietnamese street food adventures. I got to taste a little of a similar thing in China, but nothing compared to this. Now, it's 8am and I want that beef!!!

  • Reply msihua April 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh man.. street food makes my heart beat a little bit faster.. and butterflies flutter in my tummies.. it's like <3 🙂

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I adore street food! It always looks so delicious and good to hear that you didn't have to venture very far to get some goodies! 🙂

  • Reply Blithely Unaware April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Heidi as always – amazing… I remain insanely jealous of your travels.

  • Reply Heavenly Ingredients April 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    love your jacket in the last shot – Hoi An purchase?

    I only tried the street food a few times – I was told a few too many stories. Now I wish I hadn't listened, it was one of the highlights

  • Reply Hannah April 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Aw, your hair is so pretty! I've never eaten a meal cooked like this – envy!

  • Reply Heidi April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Michelle – I know, right?

    Carolina – it was actually a couple of months ago, but thanks!

    Wholesomecook – I'd love to visit China for the food!

    Msihua – haha I love what you've just written, I totally agree 🙂

    Lorraine – high five for street food!

    Blithely Unaware – thanks lovely 🙂

    Laura – yes, Hoi An purchase! I love it. $37!! Next time you'll get try loads of street food 😉

    Hannah – awe thanks! It was mighty tasty.

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Anna Johnston April 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Aaahhh, street food – the smell, standing around watching them whip the dish into shape in no time flat & the dipping sauces…. wonderful. I too love salt, lime juice and chilli, it really does make an exciting dipping sauce. Happy Easter Heidi & Ben 🙂

  • Reply Heidi April 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Anna, Happy Easter to you too! I was not aware of how great this simple dipping sauce was, this trip was my first time having it. Now Im hooked, especially with calamari! Heidi xo

  • Reply Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I think Hanoi is where the foodie gods prefer to go for vacation.

  • Reply Ashley April 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Ah, I love it when I'm with friends who are local to the area and take me to fun little street side food gems, as I'm not that great at finding them on my own. 🙂 Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Reply Heidi April 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Kath – hehe I think you're spot on!

    Ashley – Ben and I have rather good luck, I must admit. We seem to stumble across gems like these rather easily!

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Barton April 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I am lucky enough to be going to a warehouse full of street food tomorrow night,
    http://foragesf.com/market
    Hope your Ben didnt let glorious pig fat go to waste

  • Reply Iron Chef Shellie April 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    <3 your coat!

    Enjoying all your travel posts. I'm hoping I can take the boy over to Asia soon, dying for street food!! xx

  • Reply Heidi April 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Barton – yes we did – it was a little gross hehe. I hope you had fun at the warehouse!

    Michele – thanks, I love my coat too! Kind of nautical 🙂 I hope you get to go soon too!

    Heidi xo

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