Hanoi (CNN) — When former President Barack Obama traveled to Hanoi in 2016, he famously joined the late Anthony Bourdain for a meal of bun cha, a beloved local specialty made up of bits of marinated, charcoal-grilled pork patties and pork slices in a dipping sauce with rice noodles and herb garnishes. And then of course there’s the world-famous pho. Made with rice noodles, this beef noodle soup is a must-try on the streets of Hanoi — not to mention readily available overseas. But there’s much more to the city’s diverse food scene. Here are five dishes every Hanoi visitor — not just global leaders — should try. (And yes, we know, we’ve barely scratched the surface. For more amazing meals, check out our list of 40 delicious Vietnamese foods.) Cha Ca (fish cooked with turmeric and dill) Chả cá is a vermicelli noodle dish with turmeric-spiced catfish. Dan Tham Hanoians consider cha ca to be so exceptional that there is a road in the capital dedicated to these fried morsels of fish — Cha Ca Street. Along the busy road, where spiderwebs of exposed electric wires hang overhead, dozens of specialists compete to sell the best cha ca –… Read full this story
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