What to eat in Hanoi: 5 VIETNAMESE HOT POTS YOU SHOULD TRY

Hot pot, also known as steamboat in Indonesia, Singapore or Malaysia, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Hot pot meals are usually eaten in the winter, during supper time.

In Vietnam, we have created so many kinds of hot pot using local ingredients. Each one has its own flavour and can not be confused with the others. In this article, Eatout will introduce 5 kinds of Vietnamese hot pots you must try in Hanoi.

1. Crab Paste Hot Pot (Lẩu riêu cua)

Inspired by Crab Paste Noodle (Bún riêu cua), we recreated this dish in different form – hot pot. In a large stock pot over medium, you add the tomatoes and the white parts of the scallions, saute for 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to sweat. After that, you can add the seasoning, may be a little shrimp sauce to enhance the flavour. After adding the crab paste, wait for it to boil again. And you will have a delicious stock pot.
With this dish, the main protein will be beef. Thin slices of beef will be dipped in hot stock until cooked. Besides, the dipping dishes also are fried tofu and fresh vegetable such as banana vegetable, spinach or water spinach. With this hot pot, the perfect noodle is the white rice noodle – rice vermicelli, which is a thin form of rice noodle. It will lighten the dish, make it cool down. A full spoon of sour stock with sweet meat, fresh vegetable and crunchy fried tofu, sounds like perfect combination for a breezy night with friends and family.

-vietnamese-crab-paste-hot-pot

Restaurants where you can try this out:
Son Cuoc Restaurant
Address: 54 Nguyen Khanh Toan Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

37th Street Restaurant
Address: 241 Xuan Thuy Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 09:00am – 10:00pm

– 1946 restaurant 
Address: 3 Yen Thanh, 61 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 08:45 am – 10:00 pm

Highway 4
Address: 5 Hang Tre Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi | 25 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi | 101 Tran Thai Tong Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 11:00 pm

2. Sour bamboo chicken hot pot (Lẩu gà măng chua)

This is a dish that has quite unique and different taste. The hot pot water is chicken broth, you can add some ribs to make the liquid more tasteful. And if you like spicy food, you may want to add a little chili paste, chili satay too. Chicken meat is cut into small pieces, without leaving the bones. Bamboo must be washed carefully, chopped into thin slices. When the hot pot is bubbling, put in the meat and bamboo. When the chicken meat is soft, you may start to enjoy them. The vegetables served with this hot pot are quite varied, depending on your preference. In addition, sour bamboo chicken hot pot are suitable to eat with rice vermicelli, which is sour too and brings light flavour.
It you have eaten Sour bamboo chicken hot pot once, you wil want to ear more the next time. Let’s conquer the taste buds of all members of your family or friends with the sweet taste of chicken, sour spicy bamboo.

Vietnamese-Sour-bamboo-chicken-hot-pot

Restaurants where you can try this out
1946 restaurant
Address: 3 Yen Thanh, 61 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 08:45 am – 10:00 pm

Highway 4
Address: 5 Hang Tre Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi | 25 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi | 101 Tran Thai Tong Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 11:00 pm

3. Spicy seafood hot pot (Lẩu hải sản chua cay)

Windy days call for warm comforting soups or stew. This seafood hot pot is the most favourite hot pot in Vietnam. It is hearty, spicy, packed with savory a briny flavours, bubbling hot and visually appealing. As usual, this dish is cooked at the table, everyone gathers around the table, patiently watching the hot pot cooking with watering mouths, and then takes their own portion in a small bowl directly from the pot.
This hot pot is made with an assortment of seafood. It is totally versatile so you can use any kind of combination of seafood. People generally use a combination of shrimp, clams, squid and sometimes fish. And if you are eating in a high-end restaurant, they may add lobsters or octopus or crabs too. The vegetable ingredients in this dish are varied. But in Vietnam, people often prefer water spinach, mustard green or cabbage. A deliciously warming hot pot, made with seafood, tofu and rice noodle, which is perfect for a gathered night with your family or friends.

Vietnamese-spicy-seafood-hot-pot

Restaurants where you can try this out
Potomac
Address: 6 Nguyen Dinh Thi Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 08:00am – 11:00pm

La Brasserie
Address: 1st Floor, Nikko Hanoi Hotel, 84 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm | 06:00pm – 10:00pm

4. Braised duck hot pot (Lẩu vịt om sấu)

This dish is made quite simple. The broth is made with cooked ribs. Duck meat is cut into small piếc and put into the pot. When the liquid is boiling and the meat tends to be soft and cook, you can add cubed of taro to create a thicker liquid. After that, you put in dracontomelon to make it sour. People usually use water spinach to enjoy with braised duck hot pot. In addition, this hot pot is suitable to eat with rice vermicelli, which is sour too and brings light flavour.
You can see that this dish is often served with huge amount of people who come to the restaurant for drinking and talking.

Vietnamese-braised-duck-hot-pot

Restaurants where you can try this out
1946
Address: 3 Yen Thanh, 61 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 08:45 am – 10:00 pm

Ao Ta Restaurant – Times City
Address: B1 Floor, Times City, 458 Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

5. Congee Hot Pot (Lẩu cháo)

Congee or porridge hot pot, originates from Guangzhou, China. According to them, eating the porridge while it is cooking on the stove is a subtle enjoyment. When this recipe travels to Vietnam, this way of eating can help people to prolong their chatting and gossiping time. There are no consistent recipe for this kind of hot pot, every item can be given to it.
In order to prepare for the congee soup base, porridge is cooked in a huge amount of water and pork bone extract, embedded together with meat such as bird meat, pork or seafood like fish, shrimp, squid. These cooking material are cooked with some other of vegetable and herb, for example mushroom to make a very warm and tasty hot pot. Similar to other hot pot, this congee hot pot is also available with various versions.

Vietnamese-congee-hot-pot

Restaurants where you can try this out
1946
Address: 3 Ngo Yen Thanh, 61 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 08:45 am – 10:00 pm

– Nam Duong Tuu Restaurant
Address: 21 Hoe Nhai Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

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