Vietnamese food is unforgettable! The cuisine relies on a balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavors. They use plenty of fresh herbs but tend not to be overly spicy, as chili sauces are served separately. We’ve picked some essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try.
Noodle soup consisting of broth, banh pho (linguine-shaped rice noodle), herb and meat. There are two types of Pho – Pho Bo (beef) and Pho Ga (chicken) although Pho Bo is the most popular one. If you eat Pho at a local place or street stall you pay around 30.000 Vietnam Dong! Delicious and cheap…
BUN CHA (Hanoi)
After Pho, Bun Cha is one of Hanoi’s most famous dishes. This dish is served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white rice noodle (bun) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce/broth. In Bun Cha Hanoi, the meat is separated from the noodles. The meat is actually sitting in the dipping sauce. You pick up some noodles with your chopsticks, dunk it in the dipping sauce and then eat it with pork and Vietnamese herbs. It’s a dish that I can never get enough of!
RAU MUONG (Morning glory)
Morning glory or water spinach is a popular vegetable in Vietnam and is sold everywhere. If you ever go to Vietnam, Rau muống is pretty much the cooked vegetable side dish you’ll get. The Vietnamese like to stir-fry it with chili and garlic.
The best Vietnamese street sandwich. Banh Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread or more specifically the baguette. It was introduced by the French during the colonial period in Vietnam. It is stuffed with pork, pâté, cured ham, a mix of Vietnamese herbs and vegetables like coriander, cucumber, carrot, radish and more depending on what part of the country you are in.
Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls or, Bánh Cuốn, is a very light crepe of steamed rice filled with ground pork, jicama and wood ear mushrooms. The rice rolls get a glaze of scallion oil and a sprinkle of crispy fried shallots, then served on a bed of fresh thinly sliced cucumbers, chopped lettuce, Vietnamese herbs, blanched bean sprouts. All of this is served with a side of Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce.
NUOC MIA (Sugarcane juice)
On our first week in Vietnam, we discovered Nuoc Mia. It’s usually sold by street vendors, who use electric squashing machines to squeeze the juice from stalks of sugar cane. It’s then mixed with juice from the Calamansi, a tiny sour citrus fruit that smells like a mandarin. It’s a very refreshing drink on a sweltering hot day. We have to admit that we drank a mia every day!
CA PHE SUA DA
Also known as Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk. I am not a coffee person but the famous Vietnamese iced coffee, Ca Phe Sua Da has a different place in my heart. It’s really sweet and it has a soft taste. This photo was taken at a Weasel Coffee farm near Dalat which is the most expensive coffee in the world. But we didn’t really taste the difference between the normal coffee and Weasel poo coffee…