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Where to go for sticky rice in Hanoi at night

A full bowl of sticky rice at Xoi Yen
Steamed sticky rice or xoi has been a go-to breakfast option for Vietnamese in general and Hanoians in particular for centuries. Moreover, it also features in many rituals as an offering, be it a funeral or a wedding ceremony.As the capital city quickly grows, its life stretches farther into the night to serve those who work on a night shift and those whose day shifts keep them stuck between computers and four-wall rooms. Many breakfast options have followed suit and also become supper. One of them must be Xoi. You can see more: Indochina holidays

Xoi Yen

A full bowl of sticky rice at Xoi Yen

A full bowl of sticky rice at Xoi Yen- source: internet

At the intersection of Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Mam and Hang Bac lies Xoi Yen – a really crowded restaurant popular among all Hanoians. The authentic xoi ga –chicken sticky rice, a perfect combination of ‘xoi’ and boiled chicken, a mix hailed even by Vietnamese, who are no stranger to both is which visitors are recommended to take a trip here for. With its attractive turmeric inspired yellow color, xoi xeo, which is covered in ground steamed green beans, poured with chicken fat and topped with fried shallots, is one of the most favorite kinds of xoi in Hanoi. Ripped off bone and shredded, ga luoc (boiled chicken) tops the dish with a sprinkle of lime leaves. This dish, which is served with pickled cucumber, can satisfy countless hungry stomachs.

Xoi Yen – a place to go for sticky rice in Hanoi

Xoi Yen – a place to go for sticky rice in Hanoi- source: internet

Even though famous, xeo ga, as it is often called, is not the only option at Xoi Yen. The eatery also offers basic white ‘xoi’, ‘xoi’ with coconut, ‘xoi’ with corn and scores of toppings such as thit kho tau’ (caramelized braised pork), Chinese sausage and pate, to name but a few, for a wide variety of sticky experiences.

As a rule of thumb, no good food goes with a short queue, so take this for granted rather than an annoyance. So be patient to wait until your turn to pay VND 15,000 ($0.65) – VND 50,000 ($2.2) for a bowl of late night pleasure. Xoi Yen is well worth your wait.

  • Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
  • Price: For around $3.
  • Note that: As the time of writing, Xoi Yen is closed for restoration.

Xoi Loc

In spite of its faraway position on Ta Quang Buu Street, a fair way south of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, Xoi Loc is a place that many people choose to have sticky rice at night. Opening late at 6 PM and closing pretty early at 6 AM, this place is the most crowded from 10.30 PM to 3AM. This 15-meter-square restaurant welcomes hundreds of diners every day and even a thousand of guests on weekends, at Tet or other national holidays. What attracts the night owls is the scent of the much praised fried pork wafting through the night. Besides deep fried pork – the most famous dish of Loc, you can also enjoy sticky rice with pork floss, omelet, pate and chicken. Diners can even order all of these extra toppings to ease the monotony of only fried pork. Fried shallots and pickled green papaya are homemade side dishes adorning the bowl of white xoi. White sticky rice is for those who like natural sweet. A standard portion of sticky rice at Xoi Loc will set guests back for about VND 30,000 ($1.3). Vietnam travel tours

  • Address: No 68 Ta Quang Buu Street, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi.
  • Opening time: From 6PM to 6AM
  • Price: ranges from VND 10,000 to 30,000

Xoi xiu

Xoi xiu

Xoi xiu- source: internet

Not actually being its official name, Xoi xiu is rather an improvised one based on its favorite dish: thit xa xiu. Xa xiu is a great variation of fried pork going together with a special mix of spices added to season the meat. A bowl of sticky rice and xa xiu pairs well with an omelet, pate, pork floss or thit kho tau (Caramelized Pork and Eggs). Xa xiu is often sold out quickly, so go as early as possible to have a chance to enjoy this stunning dish. Located on Yen Phu Street, Xoi xiu restaurant is right on the edge of the Old Quarter and just a few steps from West Lake, giving you an amazing chance to have a taste without venturing too far from your comfort zones.

  • Address: No 118 Yen Phu Street, Tay Ho District,
  • Opening time: From 09:00 AM to 10:30 PM
  • Price: VND 20.000 – 55.000 ($1-2.5)

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