West Lake shrimp cakes: The one food you have to try in Hanoi

CNN  — 

Overlooking Hanoi’s peaceful West Lake, eponymous restaurant Banh Tom Ho Tay (West Lake Shrimp Cake) sports a no-frills setting, filled with plastic green chairs.

But you’re not here for grand interiors.

The historic restaurant is famous for its namesake dish, made fresh daily using a special family recipe.

“(Our shrimp cake is) special because the recipe has been passed down through several generations, from my grandmother, to my mother, to me,” Ngoc Lan Ha, owner of Banh Tom Ho Tay, tells CNN Travel.

“And we’ve been continuing the legacy that our parents left behind.”