Top 7 hot dishes for rainy days in Hanoi

Different from bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, is quieter with the nostalgic ambiance of times gone by. Both domestic and foreign tourists to Hanoi are attracted by its long history and rich culture. And experience its great culinary culture is also one of the things to do when visiting the capital of Vietnam.

If you’re planning a trip to Hanoi during November or April – which is considered to be a monsoon season, be prepared to encounter some unexpected rainfall that hat can alleviate your journey.

However, there’s no need to worry because discovering Hanoi street food on a rainy day is even more interesting. So, what to eat in Hanoi on a cool rainy day? In this article, we emphasize the 7 most hot dishes that you have to try in Hanoi and the best places to taste them.

1. Pho Xao (Vietnamese Fried Noodles)


Pho Xao (fried noodles) can be commonly known as rice noodles served in soups, but you can also enjoy them in the form of fried in fat liquid. 

The dish is served with a special water wedge soy sauce covering beef, vegetables, and hot noodles. Before eating, you can add a bit of soy sauce, chili sauce to make the dish more bold, very suitable for those looking for a fast, hot and good food on a rainy day.

Where to eat?

  • 45B Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 08:00 – 23:00.
  • 11 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 18:00 – 03:30
  • 33 Ngu Xa, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 09:00 – 22:00.

2. Quay nong (Deep Fried Cruller)

The main ingredients for making Quay nong are flour, then people dip them into hot cooking oil. The dish will rise evenly when fried. Just like salty donuts, only when there are guests, the owner starts to fry.


It is not exactly the same as the one that is served with noodles, Pho, Quay nong tastes the best when it is hot and only fries slightly to keep its crisp. A hot dish of Quay nong is served with sweet and sour sauce, with additional papaya or kohlrabi. Each famous booths selling deep fried cruller in Hanoi has its own secret to create a sour sauce, not too salty or sour.

Where to eat?

  • 73 Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 17:00 – 21:30
  • 48 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00
  • 109 E7 Tạ Quang Bửu, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 07:00 – 22:00

3. Chao Suon (Pork Rib Porridge)

On boring rainy weather, porridge is an ideal choice to brighten up your day. Processing is not too sophisticated but the food is still easy to score in customers’ hearts. Porridge is made of rice stirring until the mixture becomes smooth and consistent. Raw materials for hot white porridge include pureed rice, beak water, young ribs or minced meat.


In Hanoi, this popular delicacy is sold in many places such as dormitories, markets, near schools… Visitors can order a bowl of porridge, eat with pork meat, most popular with quay (deep fried cruller).

Where to eat?

  • 32 Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 06:30 – 10:00
  • 43 Ngo Huyen (in Ly Quoc Su crossroad) – Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District. Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:30
  • 37 Luong Su C, Dong Da District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 06:30 – 9:30 AM and 16:00 – 19:00

4. Banh Duc Nong (Hot Plain Rice Flan)

A hot bowl of Banh Duc Nong is perfect for a rainy day but it’s not easy to do. Due to some steps and stages, a hot plain rice flan needs to be fully cooked, it requires meticulousness and high skill.


Moreover, the most important part is choosing the right kind of rice flour and other traditional ingredients like minced pork, grilled shrimp and ear mushrooms.

If you stroll around the old quarter on a rainy day, it’s worth trying this street food in Hanoi. It is one of the ancient characteristics of Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general.

Where to eat?

  • 28 Hang Be, Hoang Kiem, Hanoi. Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00
  • No 8, 8B alley, Le Ngoc Han, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 08:00 – 21:00

5. Thit Xien Nuong (Grilled Meat)

The grilled meat skewers are fragrant, appearing like small flames in the corner of the capital city in the days of cold rain. This is a favorite dish of many people, especially young people and it’s often enjoyed in the afternoon.


Thit Xien Nuongis always served with hot chili sauce, bread and pickles. Spicy peppers combined with the sweetness of meat have created a richness in flavor, making it one of the most favorite dishes for a light supper.

Where to eat?

  • 18 Ham Long, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00
  • 127 Dang Tien Dong, Dong Da District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 14:00 – 19:00
  • 33 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 07:30 – 21:30

6. Oc Luoc (Boiled Snail)

oc-luoc-ha-noiWhen in blue on rainy days, sit and snuggle at a pavement snail vendors is the best choice for a group of young people. A bowl of boiled snail will make the day warmer and make people closer.




The hot, fatty snails are served with a small bowl of sauce with lots of ginger, chili, kumquat, and lemongrass that definitely make the picky eaters most irresistible. As simple as it can see, but this food is strong enough for people to forget the cold wind of the season.

Where to eat?

  • 26/68 Doan Thi Diem, Dong Da, Hanoi. Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • 215 Chua Lang, Dong Da District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 14:00 – 22:30
  • 74 Hang Quat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Opening hours: 17:00 – 00:30

7.  Banh Khuc (Vietnamese Sticky Rice Ball)

Banh Khuc is one of Hanoi’s special traditional street food. Although it does not contain high nutrients, it shows the elegant style of Hanoi cuisine. This food is a rice ball made from glutinous rice mixed with Khuc leaves, filled with green beans, pepper and sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Where to eat?

  • 20 Le Duan, Van Mieu, Dong Da District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:30
  • 35 Cau Go, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 06:00 – 23:00
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