Bat Dan Street is approximately 250 metres long and it uesd to specialise in porcelain bowls, plates kettle, and jars. Later it also sold Chinese and Japanese porcelain. In the early 20the century, even numbered houses sold mainly porcelain and odd numbered addresses had shops selling leather and wood items
Today there is no specific specialty on this street but, rather, a variety of shops selling all sorts of things including coffe. Most notable, at No 49 there is a restaurant famous in Hanoi for its “Pho” made from a secret local recipe.
*** Hanoi Pho – Pho ( noodle soup) is perhaps the most famous and ubiquitours dish in Ha Noi. It is always eaten by itself, often in the early morning as breakfast or at noontime for lunch. Pho is best when eaten very hot. The broth is made from sewed beef bones and the meat can be either beef or chiken. The rice noddles should be long, thin and soft and the soup is flavoured with green onion, black peper, chilli, and limes. Hanoians also eat pho together with soft fried pastry sticks called “Quay”. Making good pho requires hard-earned culinary experience and technique. In Hanoi, there are a couple of well – known pho restaurants at 13 Lo Duc Street, No.49 Bat Dan Street, and the Pho Thin Restaurant at 59 Dinh Tien Hoang alley.
The pho on Bat Dan Street is perhaps the best example of the traditional soup. Its delicious noodles, fresh tasty beef, and especially the sweet, aromatic broth, are what has made the dish so popular for such a long time. A particular characteristic of the Pho Bat Dan Restaurant is that , after paying for their pho, diners must bring the bowl of hot soup to their table themselves. It is best go together with someone else so one person can stand in the queue while the other finds the seats. The restaurant is always very crowded and it is difficult to look for a seat with a hot bowl of pho sloshing over your hands!
A visit to Hanoi is not complete unless you taste this delicious specialty of the city.
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- Hang Dieu Street ( Tobacco Pipe Street)
- Hang Cot Street (Bamboo Lattice Street)
- Hang Vai Street (Fabric Street )
- Hang Dong Street (Copper Street)
- Hang Ruoi Street ( Sand Worm Street)
- Hang Da Street ( Leather Street)
- Hang Ga Street ( Chicken Street)
- Lo Ren Street ( Blacksmith Street)
- Hang Ca Street ( Fish Street)