The cuisine is what all visitors desperately want to explore whenever they step into a new land. There are many foods unique and significant to each country. And that you should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime. Below are the top 10 Vietnamese delicious dishes that fall under that category.
This is the most popular among Vietnamese dishes is the one and only. It is usually also the first dish foreigners talk about when Vietnamese food is mentioned. CNN also ranked this noodle-dish as one of the most delicious foods in the world.
However, Pho is just one of many many many noodle soups in Vietnam. It’s cheap, tasty, and especially popular for breakfast in Hanoi. The northern-style pho in Hanoi is typically defined by a clear broth. Whereas the southern-style broth tends to be slightly sweeter, murkier from added sauces, and popping with more herbs and other garnishes.
Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette)
People describe it as “one of the world’s finest sandwiches” by BBC. Banh mi is addictive thanks to the uniqueness in the crispy French-influenced baguettes and Vietnamese flavor.
These signature Vietnamese Banh Mi are usually stuffed with a meat of your choice (grilled pork, bbq beef, or shredded chicken), vegetables, a variety of sauces, and my most favorite part, an extra sunny side up egg. Available at almost every street corner, banh mi is a perfect choice if you are in a rush or just want to temporarily appease your hunger.
Bun Rieu (Crab noodle soup)
Bun Cha (Rice vermicelli with grilled pork)
The strong flavor of the pork, combined with the sweet & sour sauce and fresh vegetables create a taste that is more than awesome. President Obama had a great time enjoying Bun Cha during his visit to Vietnam back in May 2016.
Bun Bo Hue
Banh Xeo (Sizzling Pancake)
Com Tam (Broken Rice)
The smell of meat grilling over an open fire is definitely hard to resist. Luckily, there’s always at least once. It is very common.
The attraction of the dish lies not only in its great taste but also in the superior healthiness and simplicity in cooking it using fractured rice grain. Sellers can even rub the rice grains until it gets broken. This makes com tam quite different from other Vietnamese meals prepared with normal rice.
Bo Kho (Beef Stew)
Bo kho – is a famous Vietnamese-style beef stew, and comes in many versions as the recipe varies from region to region. But commonly, people eat Bo Kho with crisp baguettes, rice or flat rice noodles.
Xoi (Steamed Sticky Rice)
As simple and convenient as banh mi, xoi (Vietnamese steamed sticky rice) is our next on-the-go eating suggestion. Walking along the streets in any Vietnamese city, you will easily encounter female vendors carrying bamboo poles with hanging baskets at both ends, skillfully balanced on their shoulders. Many of these women make their living with daily sticky rice baskets.
Regarding its taste, there are basically two types of xoi: xoi ngot (sweet version) and xoi man (savory version). Skillfully wrapped in a banana leaf, topped with grated coconut, mashed mung beans, and delicious sesame seeds, xoi ngot is definitely a good choice as a non-meaty option. Yet, if you like a more savory dish, then xoi ga (chicken one) or xoi thap cam should be bought.
Goi Cuon (Spring rolls)
Spring roll normally wrap vegestables and ingredients such as fish, meat, pork or beef. Then dip it in peanut sauce, and your tastebuds will go on the ride of your life!
Travelers come to Vietnam with high expectation of seeing its landspaces. However, your trip will not imcomplete if you do not eat the local Vietnamese delicious dishes mentioned above.