Locating on Ho Hoan Kiem street, north of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad outlet makes the Hanoi’s shortest street always crowded with locals and tourists. Groups of young students and families seem comfortablly sit on plastic stools on sidewalks, and enjoy a fresh salad on small plastic plates. The dish must be so good that they don’t mind motorbikes and cars passing by their tables.
We all know that Vietnamese food is known for its fresh and healthy ingredients, with very minimal use of oil. Vietnamese food is also considered one of the healthiest food in the world, and one of the most flavorful. The use of fresh herbs, meat, fish sauce combined with a right balance of spices is what makes Vietnamese food taste and smell so good. Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad serving on the street is the best example of the balance, like the name, it combines dried beef, green papaya, peanuts, perilla leaves with mixed fish sauces. Among those ingredients, the salad dressing really stands out.
The green papaya is crunchy and thirst quenching, and of cause not sweet. It is more like shredded carrot, or daikon. The beef is over the top amazing, flavored with really good mixed fish sauce and peanuts. It is one of the most refreshing and flavorful salads I know.
“It is very easy to make the dressing, we combine fish sauce, fresh lemon juice, vinegar, water and sugar in a bowl, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then pour a liberal amount of dressing over the salad and bring them to the clients, we then tell them to toss well first before eating.” said Tuan, famous Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad on Ho Hoan Kiem street.