As Cable News Network (CNN) has recently wrote in an article, besides ‘beloved local specialty’ bun cha and the ‘world-famous’ pho, there's much more to the city's diverse food scene. They include cha ca (fish cooked with turmeric and dill), banh tom (shrimp cake), bun ca (fish noodle soup), bun rieu cua (crab noodle soup), and ca phe trung (egg coffee).

CNN said Hanoians consider cha ca so exceptional that there is a road in the capital dedicated to the dish – Cha Ca Street.

CNN also suggested visitors to enter Banh Tom Ho Tay, a restaurant on Thanh Nien street ‘for slow afternoons full of crispy, savory shrimp cakes, chilled bia hoi (local draft beer), and front-row seats to the lake’.

The US-based television network suggested visitors try bun ca at lunch time. Bun ca can be found anywhere in Hanoi.

Mentioning ‘bun rieu cua’, CNN wrote, ‘visitors will have a perfect meal when they add requisite plateful of lime wedges, chili and greens to a bowl of bun rieu’.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese ca phe trung is a Hanoi specialty in which creamy soft and meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee.-VNA