Bánh cuốn, a traditional Vietnamese dish of steamed rice rolls, varies across Vietnam, with each region claiming its version as the best. Despite the challenge of finding a preferred spot in Saigon due to thicker rice sheets, bánh cuốn remains a must-have whenever returning to the North.

Bánh Cuốn Thanh Vân, a decades-old establishment in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, is renowned for its thin, soft rice sheets and flavorful fillings. Their newer location at 128 Trần Nhật Duật offers a bustling atmosphere during lunchtime. Highly recommended are the steamed rice rolls with ground pork and those with runny egg yolks, a newer creation that adds an intriguing twist. Although the shrimp-filled rolls were tried, they didn’t quite match up to the pork and egg variations.

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