Let’s make a standard bowl of Hanoi snail rice noodle at home right now!!!

A rustic Vietnamese dish, derived from the field, nobody knows when it appeared in Hanoi, but has long since become a number one favorite nosh. People can eat snail rice noodle (“Bún ốc”) for breakfast, lunch or dinner, at anytime. However, the moment when Hanoi people remember and crave for snail rice noodle most, is during the traditional Tet days, when they are fed up with plums full of meat and fish - are full of protein and fat.

Snail rice noodle is a typical dish of Hanoi because of its sophistication, quintessence and it’s wonderful taste. From the sour of broth,spicy of chilli paste, blended with the greasy taste of each snail, buttery taste of tofu. Snail rice noodle not only have broth, snails, and tofu are basic characteristics but it also contains green bananas, some fresh vegetables or chopped water spinach, bean sprouts, water dropwort, tomatoes ... It is both charming and colorful, make all the diners feel satisfy.

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Snail rice noodle also have many types: cold snail vermicelli (“Bún ốc nguội”), Bún riêu cua ốc bò, snail rice noodle with green banana and fried tofu (“Bún ốc chuối đậu”), snail rice noodle with cracklings (“Bún ốc tóp mỡ”) ... Across all Hanoi streets, you can easily find a snail rice noodle restaurant to enjoy. When eating Hanoi snail vermicelli, you will feel the tasty, chewy taste of snails mixed with the sweetness of the broth and better served with other types of fresh vegetables. Not only that, it is not difficult to cook a bowl of nail rice noodles, so this is a Vietnamese dish ate by many families for breakfast. Moreover, the ingredients (especially the snails) used to cook this noodle dish are very familiar and so easy to find, make this dish becomes a typical Vietnamese foods that no one can deny.

How to make vermicelli in Hanoi


  • Large edible snail (medium size): 2 kg
  • Pig bone: 1 kg
  • Fresh rice noodles (small size); 1 kg
  • Tofu: 3 pieces
  • Red tomato: 300 gr
  • Turmeric powder, lemon, chili, minced onion, green onion, cilantro, perilla leaf
  • Wine vinegar: ½ litter
  • Cooking oil
  • Spices: pepper, salt, sugar, fish sauce
  • Vegetables: salad, splitted spinach, banana tree, banana flower sliced ​​thinly

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Delicious snail cooking method

Step 1: Preliminary processing of materials

  • Snail after buying, you soak rice water overnight to remove all of the dirt. If you do not have time, you can soak with few slices of chili. Then, boil the snail in a pot with a little salt. Note: do not boil too hard to avoid snail meat being tough and remember to keep the snail water.
  • After boiling, fish the snail out, let it cool slightly, then get the snail meat and remove the black tail. Next, you can marinate the snail with about 1.5 teaspoons of pepper and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, leave it for about 30 minutes for the snail to absorb spices.
  • Tomatoes: wash, remove stalks and slice.
  • Remove the chili seed, next minced. Green onion and perilla are cleaned and shredded. Fresh vegetables are picked up to remove the broken parts, washed, can be cut into small pieces.
  • Tofu is washed, cut into small square pieces, then fry them until it turns to yellow color, remove and drain the oil.

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  • Pig bone part: you wash with salt water to remove fishy smell, then put in a pot with 2 liters of stewed water for about 30 minutes with medium heat. Note: while bone is stewed, don’t forget to constantly scooped up the foam to make the water clearly.
  • You blanch fresh rice vermicelli in boiling water, then drain.

Step 2: Cook snail

  • Set the pot on the stove and pour little bit of cooking oil until boiling, then fry shallot until you can smell the aroma. After that, add the snail and tomatoes to stir fry with a big heat for about 3 minutes. Note: if you boil the snail a little too long, you can stir-fry the snail after the tomato, the snail's meat is just cooked, don't be too tough.
  • Snail boiling water, bone broth and wine vinegar water are pour into the pot and boil, season and taste again, then drop the tofu into the pot, wait until it is boiled, then you will lower the heat to keep it hot until eating.

Step 3: Presenting the dish

You arrange the vermicelli in a bowl, pour the broth, add some snails, tofu, tomatoes, then sprinkle the green onion. Bun noodle is served with all kinds of fresh vegetables. And to add flavor to the snail noodle dish, it is indispensable to have the spicy but fatty flavor of chillim paste. Next, let's do it right away with us!

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How to make chilli and noodle soup


  • 100g fresh chili
  • 50g chili powder
  • Minced garlic
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar

How to make chilli sauce

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Step 1: Prepare chili

After buying the fresh chillies, wash them, remove stalks and drain. Next, chop chili into slices and place in a blender with half of tablespoon of sugar, grind until the chili is well-kneaded, then pour the chili into a cup.

Step 2: Boil down the first time

You choose a pot with a thick bottom and put the pot on the stove, turn on the medium heat. Next, pour ½ cup of cooking oil, wait until the oil is hot then add the garlic and fry until you can smell the aroma. When the garlic is tuned to yellow, put the chili in the stove and mix it with a little salt. After that, use chopsticks to stir the chili mixture.

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Step 3: Boil down the chilli for the second time and finish chilli paste

Next, add ½ cup of oil, turn on the heat and add chili powder, stir quickly for about 3 minutes until you get the gelatinous mixture, please turn off the stove, let it cool.

That's it, with this standard Vietnamese recipe, chili paste can be used for 2-3 months. Just put chili in a dry glass jar and store in a cool place.

Above is how to make a standard Hanoi vermicelli dish that you can refer to to cook this noodle dish to release the cravings. Thebestvietnamesefood.com is very happy to introduce you to a delicious noodle dish in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. In addition, if you love vermicelli dishes and especially dishes of the North, do not miss the recipe for making delicious “Bún chả” and vermicelli with delicious shrimp sauce (“Bún đậu mắm tôm”).