My last trip to Hanoi was very short, I didn't have enough time to try everything of what I got in my note: I missed a famous beef noodles at Bat Dan as they were closed for very long Tet holiday, I also didn't try another popular Hanoi's flavor "rice noodles with grilled pork" at Ngoc Khanh street or favorite by the youth in Hanoi - the jackfruit yogurt, the yogurt mixed with dark red sticky rice...
I'm sorry but I'm sure I will review it soon "The 10 hawker foods we can't live without in Hanoi".
Today, it's not an excuse, but I'm happy to share one more dish from the North - phở cuốn Ngũ Xã (literally means rolled noodles Ngũ Xã).
It was my friend's treat for my last night in Hanoi, he took me there and Ngũ Xã turned out a name of the area, fairly far from the old quarter. To be honest, if you ask me how to get there, I would say you better take a cab. It was a Tuesday night, around 8:00pm, not crowded. According to my friend, there are two places in Hanoi, famous for this "rolled noodles Ngũ Xã", where we have been is a bigger place than the other one, not only bigger, but also lighter for my photos. How nice!
I have to admit the rolled cake here is very good, I like the noodles texture, strong, not oily, tastier than the one in Saigon. The meat fillings also good and especially quite warm. The only problem is the dipping sauce. The dip sauce in Hanoi is light, I wouldn't say it's flat but by some how I used to the strong, sweet, a bit spicy sauce, typical southern taste.
After a few rolls of phở cuốn Ngũ Xã, we still ordered one more - deep fried noodles, served with stirred veggies and beef. Crispy from the outside, strong from the inside, tasty when we dip into the sauce or just mix with veggies, beef meat. It reminds me the deef fried noodles in Chinatown in Saigon, but I would prefer Hanoi style as the stirred veggies here, less oil, not very thick sauce...
As I mentioned in the beginning, I need to review the top 10 street food in Hanoi, I have some in mind, so I hope I will probably share with you soon. Meanwhile, just sit back and enjoy your rolled noodles!