Vietnamese food is diverse, with all flavors: salty, sweet, sour, spicy and regional identity. If you are wondering what to eat in Vietnam, please refer to the delicious dishes in this article. They will surely give you a wonderful culinary experience.
This is famous Vietnamese street food. You can find it on any street in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or another place in Vietnam. Vietnamese bread has a crispy crust and is filled with many ingredients. Especially the hollow part to add other fillings such as meat, rolls, pate, eggs, herbs… This is also the reason why bread has become famous around the world.
Pho is a Vietnamese dish that is honored around the world. The main ingredient in pho is noodle soup made from rice flour. The cooks had simmered the broth from pork bones, chicken bones, and spices like cinnamon and sage hours earlier. When the guests arrive, the rice noodles are soaked in boiling water, put in a bowl, and then poured into the broth. Then add the meats, be it sliced tender beef or pre-boiled chicken. Eat pho when it’s hot, remember to add lemon juice, add a few slices of fresh chili, and the flavor will become extremely attractive and delicious. Pho can be eaten at any time of the day.
Vietnam Food: Bun Cha Hanoi
Bun Cha Hanoi is a typical delicious dish, especially an indispensable dish when coming to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The sweet and salty taste combined with the sour taste of pickled papaya has conquered many people. A portion of bun cha includes vermicelli, grilled meat, and raw vegetables dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce. President Barack Obama, during his visit to Vietnam in 2016, also enjoyed bun cha at Kim Lien restaurant (Le Van Huu Street, Hanoi) and praised it.
Saigon Broken Rice
Broken rice itself is a quality dish, fragrant and greasy. Broken rice’s main ingredient is rice, which is eaten with grilled ribs, eggs, skin, pickled sausages, green onions, and grease sprinkled on the rice. The rice is soft and spongy. The ribs are marinated with just enough spices, well grilled to have a bright golden color, rich, crispy on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside. Just try it once, and you will remember the grilled ribs here forever.
Mi Quang (Quang Noodles)
The dish that is likened to the “soul” of the cuisine of Da Nang and Quang Nam (two provinces of Central Vietnam) is Quang noodles. Quang noodles are made from finely ground rice flour, water, gardenia seeds, and eggs.
On the layer of noodles are cooked ingredients such as pork, chicken, beef, snakehead fish, shrimp, frogs, and eggs with broth stewed from pork bones. In addition, people also add roasted peanuts, finely chopped green onions, red peppers, herbs, etc., on top of the bowl of noodles to make the dish more round.
Under the layer of noodles are raw vegetables such as basil, bean sprouts, coriander, fresh lettuce, young cabbage buds, laksa leaves, finely chopped scallions, and thinly sliced banana flowers. Also, noodles are served with sesame rice paper and crispy roasted peanuts, which gives Quang dishes their own unique flavor.
Referring to Vietnamese food, it is impossible not to mention Banh Xeo. Because pouring the dough into the hot pan makes it sound like “xèo… xèo” in Vietnamese, this dish is named Banh Xeo. The crust is thinly coated and has a beautiful golden color from turmeric starch. The inside is a combination of pork, green beans, shrimp, and cassava, mixed with the greasy taste of coconut milk, creating a delicious flavor and a very attractive food.
Goi cuon, also known as Vietnamese salad rolls, is a very familiar dish to many Vietnamese, especially in the south of Vietnam. Many foreign tourists come to Vietnam and are very interested in this rustic dish because of its freshness. In 2011, CNN voted “Goi cuon,” a Vietnamese dish, on the list of “50 best dishes in the world.” The taste of spring rolls impresses diners with the harmonious combination of fresh vermicelli, peeled boiled shrimp, pork, and raw vegetables, when eaten with soy sauce or seasoning sauce. In Vietnamese food, all of the freshest ingredients come together to make a memorable taste experience.
Vietnam is the second largest coffee exporter in the world. Coffee in Vietnam are considered to have a special and delicious taste. When traveling to Vietnam, remember to try egg coffee, milk coffee, and salted coffee! They will taste better than the name implies.