Nuoc mam, fish sauce, is the most essential ingredient for everyday meals and cooking in Viet Nam.
Wherever Hanoians live, they can’t forget the simple but special dish made from green rice, or cốm.
The making of the pancake is very carefully prepared. The powder for the pancake is made from high quality rice to ensure the whiteness and good appearance. The cake itself is very thin and covered with fat to have the right taste.
There are a lot of specialities in Hanoi but the most favourite dish is a simple broth of rice noodle called Phở. It is a dish that defines Hanoi special foods.
The Vietnamese often make two kinds of cakes: banh troi (floating cake) and banh chay (lean cake) on the third day of the third month of the Lunar year.