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The Best Pho Cuon in Hanoi

Not familiar with the Hanoi Vietnam dishes known as Pho Cuon and Pho Chien Phong? Watch our video to see what they’re all about.

Pho Cuon in Hanoi Vietnam
Pho Cuon

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Eating pho in Hanoi can be exhausting. You have to use a spoon and chopsticks, and then there’s the slurping. So much slurping. Don’t get us wrong, we adore pho. It’s just that sometimes we’re lazy and want to eat with our hands. Thankfully, we discovered Pho Cuon in Hanoi.

Pho Cuon translates to noodle roll, which makes sense since each Pho Cuon is a big rice noodle rolled around beef and green herbs like cilantro and basil. For the equivalent of US $2, we got a heaping plate.

We dipped each roll in a bowl of Nuoc Cham, a sweet dipping sauce with a fish sauce base and flavors like sugar, vinegar and chili.

Pho Chien Phong Pho Cuon in Hanoi Vietnam
Pho Chien Phong

We journeyed to Hanoi’s Truc Bach neighborhood to eat this unique Vietnamese dish and its kissing cousin – Pho Chien Phong. Technically, Pho Chien Phong are deep fried square rice noodles served over a gravy and topped with beef and sauteed green herbs. But we prefer to think of them as little pillows of yumminess.

Phở Cuốn Hương Sơn is located at 19 Ngũ Xã, Trúc Bách, Tây Hồ, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Pho Cuon in Hanoi Video

Watch our YouTube video to see what it’s like to eat Pho Cuon in Hanoi.

Plan Your Hanoi Stay

You have to sleep somewhere when you travel to Vietnam to enjoy the best eats in Hanoi.

Click here to research the best rates for hotels in Hanoi Vietnam.

Or, if you want access to a kitchen, click here to find an Airbnb.

Get a Vietnam Visa

Don’t get stuck at the border when you travel to Vietnam!

We’ve personally used Vietnam-Visa three times to secure Vietnam visas and have been happy with their convenience and service.

Stay Connected in Hanoi

You’ll want WiFi on the go for mapping, ordering Grab cars, translating menus and posting Instagram stories.

One option is to pre-order a pocket WiFi unit that you can pick up at your Hanoi hotel and use all over Vietnam.

This is a great option if your mobile phone is locked and you want to stay connected. Otherwise, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Hanoi.

Hungry for More in Hanoi?

Check out our Hanoi Food Guide for great places to eat and drink in Hanoi.

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About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Alexis Huynh

Wednesday 9th of August 2017

It's interesting that you tried Pho Cuon. It's rare that a traveller find out and try this delicious dish! :)) I love both Pho Cuon and Pho Chien Phong, their taste is mouthwatering and unique.

Tho Loves Food

Monday 29th of August 2016

I love the idea of "little pillows", those can give me sweet dreams. Yummy! Can't wait to see next videos ;)

Vicky and Buddy

Monday 29th of August 2016

Haha! "little pillows of yumminess" I love it! They look delicious!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

Pho Chien Phong is one of the dishes from Hanoi that no one talks about but that everyone should know about.


Monday 29th of August 2016

I would definitely rather eat there than drive there... yikes!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

Let's put it this way, you can't cross the street on autopilot.


Saturday 27th of August 2016

Thanks for leaving us hungry and craving Vietnamese food in Thailand....I thought we were friends?!

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