Every city you visit in Vietnam has its own distinct cuisine and flavors. I am sure that you have heard about the exotic locales like the delicious pho – Vietnam’s national soup in Hanoi, the spicy fare in Hue, or the unique flavor of cơm tấm (broken rice) in Ho Chi Minh City.
What about the native food and drink of a lovely city 55 miles from the capital city?
Your travel to the third largest city in Vietnam – the most important seaport in Northern Vietnam with close to 2 million residents can be told through top dishes in Hai Phong, Vietnam. We compiled a list of the top dishes to eat in Hai Phong worth traveling for.
Bánh mì cay Hải Phòng (Hai Phong spicy bread)
One of your most favorite parts of your Vietnam food tour in Hai Phong should be when you go to a spicy bread stall. Bánh mì cay is all over Hai Phong, and it is delicious. Moreover, most of it is the good stuff.
Just a couple of fingers in width, it costs you only between just VND 2,000 (S$0.09) to VND 5,000 (S$0.22) per stick. You will not need any pointers for picking out the real deal as there is nothing much to expect: aromatic pate and little meat. Finally, it is spiced up with a squeeze of hot chili sauce, drizzled with oil, and grilled over charcoal for a crusty cover.
Sounds pretty boring, right? It will definitely be one of the strangest combinations of flavors you might have ever expected at a Vietnamese bánh mì, but the great quality going with its tiny size makes it one of your favorites in Hai Phong. After a little debating, you will finally find yourself ordering 10 for only a single US dollar.
Where to go for the best spicy banh mi in Hai Phong?
- Old Lady – 57 Le Loi Street, Ngo Quyen District, Hai Phong
- 137 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong
- 26 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong
- Cot Den Market – To Hieu – Chua Hang Crossroad
Bánh đa cua (brown noodle with crab paste soup)
Bánh đa cua
There are actually legitimate reasons to be at Hai Phong City on your Vietnam food tours that do not involve regret the next days. And bánh đa cua should be one of them.
A clear noodle soup with crab paste soup, onions, spinach, and other vegetables – bánh đa cua is certainly is the pride of Vietnamese cuisine and one of the city’s iconic dishes. If pho is the first thing food lovers think about Hanoi, then crab paste soup with brown noodles with its 700-year history is the symbol of Hai Phong cuisine. No one can leave Hai Phong without trying this dish – the kind of tastiness you cannot find outside of Vietnam, or even outside of the city of red poinciana flowers.
Where to find the best bánh đa cua in Hai Phong?
- 48 Lach Tray Street, Ngo Quyen District, Hai Phong
- 140 Tran Phu Street, Ngo Quyen District, Hai Phong
- 146 Hang Kenh, Le Chan District, Hai Phong
Nem hải sản (deep-fried seafood spring rolls)
Seafood spring roll
Another dish rounding out Hai Phong’s must-try menu is nem hải sản – deep-fried spring rolled consisting of sea crab, shrimp, minced pork, carrot, bean sprouts, and mushroom. Just head to a forego sit-down restaurant, order nem cua bể to enjoy its sweet and buttery taste, then your taste buds are on holiday too.
Where to find the best nem hải sản in Hai Phong?
- 92 Tran Nhat Duat, Ngo Quyen District, Hai Phong
- 32 Lach Tray Street, Ngo Quyen District, Hai Phong
Hungry for adventure? Now is your chance to embark on a Vietnam food tour in Hai Phong City – a flavor-filled journey where food takes the focus. Local daily life, cultures, and history come into focus through a bit of spicy bread, a bowl of bánh đa cua (brown noodle with crab paste soup), or a sip of coffee. But it is impossible to learn all this through a speeding car window. Like most of our country's great food cities, Hai Phong’s gastronomy is best experienced on foot.