What'S Your Favorite Vietnamese Food?

     

Backpackers are flocking lớn Vietnam in ever-increasing numbers. Most tourists love the food in Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine balances a range of flavours including salty, spicy, sweet và sour in age-old recipes passed down generations. Favourites include noodle soups, rice & the baguette-like Banh ngươi along with a variety of seafood and vegetarian dishes too. Here’s a foodies guide lớn trying Vietnam’s best traditional food.

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Best local dishes khổng lồ try

So, you’ve just arrived và want to know what lớn eat in Vietnam khổng lồ have a traditional culinary experience? kiểm tra out the following must-try dishes and street food in Vietnam.

1. Pho


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Vietnam – Pho soup

Pho is Vietnam’s most famous food eaten across the country & served in restaurants around the world. The rice noodle soup comes in a hearty broth mixed with various herbs và spices. Visit almost any street side restaurant in Vietnam, và you’ll have the choice between Pho Bo (beef) and Pho Ga (chicken). Try both. When the steamy bowl comes khổng lồ the table, you’ll have a selection of leafy vegetables and chilli paste to add into your soup.

2. Banh Mi


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Vietnam – Banh mi

Banh mi is one of the legacies of the French colonial days in Indochina. The small baguette with meat, vegetables & pate gets sold on almost every street corner. Vendors push their carts around selling this delicious sandwich, which locals will eat for every meal of the day. The best way to lớn describe this popular food is khổng lồ imagine a mixture between a subway & a long French baguette but for a tiny percentage of the price.

3. Banh Xeo


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Vietnam – Banh Xeo

Another one of the most delicious Vietnamese delicacies is Banh Xeo, or a type of savoury pancake. The fillings usually contain tasty shrimp and pork with a handful of beansprouts & turmeric. Banh Xeo is then fried creating a mouth-watering snack that’s often eaten with rice paper, leafy green vegetables and a spicy sauce.

4. Cao Lau


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Vietnam – Cao lau

Cao Lau, a traditional meal in Central Vietnam, consistently gets rated as one of the best foods from Hoi An. Imagine a delicious bowl of rice-flour noodles mixed with pork and bean sprouts in a light soup. Then add in a side of rice crackers và rice paper, và you have Cao Lau. If you’re in Central Vietnam, you’ll find this dish on most menus & is a must-try food in Vietnam.

5. Bun Rieu


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Vietnam – Bun Rieu

A steaming bowl of Bun Rieu is one of the best soup-based dishes in Vietnam. The broth, made from crab stock, gets mixed with soft rice noodles, tomatoes, fried tofu, pork & congealed pig’s blood. From the description, it might not sound like the most appetising dish. But you’ll be surprised at how good it tastes. As far as delicious Vietnamese food goes, you can’t get much better than a bowl of Bun Rieu with a generous spoonful of chilli & a drop or two of fresh lime.

6. Oc (Shellfish)


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Vietnam Street Food

Oc, or shellfish, are a popular street-side food in Vietnam. Locals sit on the small plastic chairs & tables by the side of the road as they indulge in cockles, snails and clams. Choose between steamed, grilled or curried ones. Go Vietnamese & snack on the shellfish as you enjoy a cold beer or two. Compared to the West, prices in Vietnam are affordable with a few plates of Oc and some beer coming to lớn no more than $10 (225,000 VND).

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7. Xoi


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Vietnam – xuyên sticky rice

Xoi, in English, is sticky rice. This type of glutinous rice clumps together. In Vietnam, xuyên often comes as a small portion sold by street vendors with pork, chicken or eggs. A local favourite is xuyên with chopped sausage và chicken, which people eat for breakfast. Vendors walk through the streets of Ho đưa ra Minh City, da Nang và Hanoi selling portions of xoi from their carts.

8. Cha Gio


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Vietnam – thân phụ Gio

Referred lớn as phụ thân Goi in Southern Vietnam & Nem Ran up north, the small fried spring rolls are a delicious, albeit unhealthy, must-try food in Vietnam. Typical fillings include chopped vegetables, minced meat (often pork), tofu và crab. When your plate arrives, dip the spring roll into the accompanying tangy sauce and enjoy.

9. Bun Cha


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Vietnam – Bun cha

In 2016, former president of the United States, Barack Obama, made an official trip lớn Vietnam. When he arrived in Hanoi, the first meal he ate was Bun Cha. Bun Cha, a rice noodle based dish with charcoal grilled meat, is northern Vietnam’s most famous dish. You can find Bun phụ vương in all parts of the country with each having their own version and tastes. After Obama ate Vietnam’s national dish, he gave nothing but positive feedback. And you’ll say the same after trying it too.

10. Com Tam


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Vietnam – Com Tam

Hungry & looking for a light meal? Head lớn one of the small restaurants advertising ‘Com Tam’. The dish consists of broken rice with a barbequed pork chop along with pickled vegetables. Pork is cooked by the side of the road. A meal typically costs less than $1 (22,000 VND).

Five best local drinks lớn try

Apart from enjoying the local food, be sure khổng lồ sample some of Vietnam’s speciality drinks. Whether you want lớn sip a cup of strong đen coffee in the morning or enjoy a glass of local beer in the evening, the following aren’t khổng lồ be missed.

1. Ca Phe Sua Da

Vietnam’s other claim khổng lồ fame is coffee. People around the globe instantly fall in love with the creamy filtered coffee. Drip filtered into a tall glass with ice, Vietnamese coffee is both delicious and strong. There are two types to choose from when you’re inside one of the attractively decorated cafés. Either Ca Phe Sua Da, with thick condensed milk, or Ca Phe Da, đen without milk. A glass of Vietnamese coffee costs approximately $1.30 (30,000 VND).

2. Tra Sua

Tra Sua, Vietnam’s version of bubble tea, is a favourite with locals of all ages. A milky iced tea with either small chunks of fruit jelly or balls of tapioca provides the ultimate refreshment on a hot afternoon. In the café, you’ll have the choice between several varieties. Vendors also roam the streets selling from their carts.

3. Nuoc Mia

As you walk around, you’ll often see small stalls with long bamboo-like branches stacked up nearby. When someone orders a drink, the hawker inserts it between two metal rolls and crushes the branch to lớn create a drink. This is called Nuoc Mia, or sugarcane. Expect a super sweet drink. Some people love Nuoc Mia while others hate it. Try this drink at least once in Vietnam and make up your own mind.

4. Bia Hoi

The Vietnamese lượt thích to drink beer. Bia Hoi is a type of local draft beer. A 330ml glass costs less than $0.50 and often drank in small street side bars on tiny plastic tables and chairs. If you’re a tín đồ of beer, be sure to kiểm tra out Vietnam’s draft beer.

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5. Rice Wine

Rice wine, an alcoholic drink from fermented & distilled rice, comes in many varieties around South East Asia. Vietnam food culture often intertwines with drinking culture. For this reason, you can find several types of rice wine in Vietnam. The strong spirit gets drunk at parties. Foreigners are usually invited to lớn join. Sticky rice wine, or ruou nep cam, is a favourite type among some locals. Others rice wines get mixed with herbs and sometimes a snake. Walk through Ben Thanh Market in Ho chi Minh City & you’ll see small jars of liquid with snakes inside. This is snake rice wine.

Food prices

Compared khổng lồ the West, Vietnam food prices are low & inexpensive. The typical cost of traditional food tends lớn be similar to other countries in South East Asia.

Depending on where you go, a meal in a local restaurant shouldn’t cost more than $10 (225,000 VND) per person. This typically includes a plate of rice with at least two sides and a drink or two. Head into the touristy areas and the cost of food increases. If you’re on a tight budget, go khổng lồ the local restaurants where a bowl of Pho and other types of Vietnamese food should cost no more than $2 (45,000 VND). Street food comes to around $1 (22,500 VND).

Be aware of places that don’t advertise the price. They’re likely lớn charge foreigners extra or try khổng lồ scam you.

Western Food, lượt thích in most backpacking spots in Asia, tends khổng lồ be much more expensive compared to lớn local dishes. But, it’s still going khổng lồ be very affordable compared khổng lồ what you’re familiar with back home. A range of international cuisines such as Western, Italian, French, Indian và Japanese food is readily available in Ho chi Minh City & Hanoi. Expect to spend at least $15 (340,000 VND) per person.

Food security

The quality of local food varies. Hygiene, even in the upscale restaurants, may be substandard. In terms of Vietnam food security, exercise caution when choosing a place lớn eat. It’s not uncommon for tourists to lớn get sick in the first few days.

Hygiene is inadequate in many local restaurants. Food might not be stored at the correct temperature becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Contamination from grime, litter and the notorious pollution might be an issue as well. The lack of hygiene is easy to imagine when you consider the prevalence of nose picking, lack of hand washing và how waiters put food from the floor back onto the plate. You can expect to lớn find hairs in your soup or meals too in the local restaurants.

Another aspect of hygiene is ice. The vast majority in Vietnam is safe. But if you have a glass of beer with ice, waiters will replace as it melts. Your ice goes back into the bucket and is then recycled into other people’s drink. The new ice in your glass might have come from the table opposite. Just be aware of this. The best way lớn avoid this is khổng lồ insist on a drink from the fridge. Or just don’t change your ice.

Tourists with special dietary requirements in Vietnam might find travelling difficult. MSG is widely used in all types of cooking. & finding Halal food outside of speciality restaurants can be challenging. Vietnamese eat a lot of pork and cooking oil gets recycled.

Some daring tourists may want to try the more unusual food in Vietnam the country is infamous for, especially exotic meat. If you’re squeamish or an animal-lover, don’t read the next sentences! The definition in the West of edible meat varies to lớn that in Vietnam. If you’re adventurous, you might have the opportunity to lớn eat snake, turtle, field mice, bats, grilled fox meat, balut (a fertilised chicken or duck egg) and the notorious dog (thit cho) and cat meat (thit meo). Only speciality restaurants serve these dishes. You won’t eat one of the above by mistake in a regular restaurant.

Best restaurants khổng lồ dine

Depending on where you visit in Vietnam, you’ll probably have a large selection of restaurants available. Here are some of the must-visit places to lớn eat in different parts of the country

Healthy Farm, Ho đưa ra Minh City

The chain restaurant specialises in vegan and vegetarian food in Vietnam. You can find branches in most Ho đưa ra Minh city districts. Dining here guarantees to meet any specific dietary requirements you may have. Healthy Farm has a dining area and takeaway options.

May Restaurant, Ho đưa ra Minh City

The high-end restaurant in Ho bỏ ra Minh City’s District One fuses Vietnamese styles with French flavours. Housed in a former colonial villa, Mai Restaurant not only has an authentic theme but serves some of the best flavours in Vietnam.

Story Beach Club

Looking for a chất lượng culinary experience in Nha Trang? check out Story Beach Club whose menu is filled with Vietnamese, Chinese, Mediterranean và Eastern European specialities. Thousands of Russian tourists visit Nha Trang each year. This restaurant caters for those looking to eat something familiar.

Cua Bien Quan, domain authority Nang

For an exceptional dining experience with views of the sea, head to da Nang’s Cua Bien Quan. Fresh seafood, oysters và clams are on the menu. You can choose between eating al fresco dining and dining in an air-conditioned room.

Bun thân phụ Huong Lien, Hanoi

This small restaurant in Hanoi once sat in the depths of obscurity. Nothing set it apart from the thousands of others in the capital city. That was until former President Obama và American Chef Anthony Bourdain ate here in 2016. Since then, the typical Vietnamese restaurant with small plastic chairs rose khổng lồ fame. If you’re in Hanoi, why not order bun thân phụ and dine as Obama did.

Learning lớn cook Vietnamese food

If you love Vietnamese cuisine, why not attend a cooking school and learn how to prepare your favourite food when you return home?

Vietnam Cookery Centre

Located in District One and costing $37 per lesson, the Vietnam Cookery Centre was the first establishment khổng lồ teach tourists how to lớn cook Vietnamese cuisine. Learn how to lớn prepare your favourite dishes including spring rolls và soups. The instructors have a good command of English & are friendly và chatty towards tourists. A typical class lasts a few hours.

Hanoi Cooking Centre

If you’re in Hanoi and want to lớn learn how to cook some of the best specialities from Northern Vietnam, book at class at Hanoi Cooking Centre. The school, on Chau Long Street, provides hands-on cooking lessons & various workshops. Highlights include learning how khổng lồ prepare Vietnamese street food, spring rolls, vegetarian dishes and some of the other favourites from Hanoi. You can also learn how to cook beef noodle soups & the best ways lớn prepare rice. Lessons are slightly more expensive at $60 per class. But, students often come away with all the skills they need to replicate the food in Vietnam back at home.

Da Nang Cooking Class

The cooking class in da Nang rates as one of the best in the country. Unlike other schools, tourists get the full experience from two local tour guides. Classes start either in the morning or afternoon lasting approximately five hours. You’ll get a guided tour of the local markets, go to lớn vegetable gardens and visit a traditional house. After this cultural immersion, you’ll have the chance to prepare simple dishes after buying all the fresh ingredients from the nearby markets.

Conclusion

The food in Vietnam is delicious. Be sure khổng lồ sample as many traditional dishes as possible and wash it down with a glass of bia hoi or a strong cup of coffee. & if you, lượt thích many others, fall in love with Vietnamese cuisine, book a class at one of the cooking schools & bring the meals back home.