When we think of Vietnamese food, we almost always immediately think of pho: a rice noodle soup consisting of broth, herbs, and meat, sometimes chicken. It’s so popular that these noodles are available even abroad. But there are other foods that Vietnam’s capital offers. Check out this list of Hanoi’s delicious dishes every visitor must try.

Cha ca
This noodle dish with turmeric-spiced fried catfish served in a pan with herbs is a popular meal in Hanoi, and a street in the capital is named after it. Cha ca was first created more than 130 years ago by the Doan family to be served to soldiers during the French colonial rule.

Banh Tom
Hanoi’s banh tom, or shrimp cakes, have only four main ingredients: flour, sweet potato, and freshwater crayfish or shrimp from West Lake. Fried shrimps are wrapped in lettuce leaves and served whole, chili, lime juice and fish sauce as dipping. Banh tom is believed to have existed in the 1930s when stall vendors gathered along Thanh Nien street, a road in between West and Trúc Bạch lakes.

Bun Ca
A fish noodle soup with fried fishcakes, green onions, tomatoes, and herbs, lunchtime in Hanoi is never the same without bun ca. According to the founder of Hanoi Street Tours, Mark Lowerson, adding lime, vinegar and herbs to bun ca will give customers a balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy.

Bun Rieu Cua
Bun rieu is a seafood noodle soup but with crab meat and blanched tomatoes as its main ingredients. Little bits of fried tofu are put in the meal for added crunchiness, and tamarind paste for more sourness to the broth. Bun rieu can be topped with beef, pork, fish, or snail depending on the region.

Ca Phe Trung
If you want to have egg and coffee in one single delicacy, look no further. Hanoi’s ca phe trung — which literally translates to “egg coffee” — has beaten egg yolk with condensed milk on top of Vietnamese coffee. Feel free to choose between its cold (which is more of a flavored ice cream and dessert) and hot versions.