Top 10 dishes you must try in Vietnam

Besides attractive beauty of the nature, Vietnam is well-known for distinct and diversity dishes from North to South. Travelers can enjoy plenty of delicious food with very reasonable price. There is always a balance between ingredients, flavor and so on in the way they cook in Vietnam cuisine. Following is the list of the top 10 dishes must try when traveling Vietnam.

  1. Pho

Pho is known as the national dish of Vietnam, which has origin from the North of Vietnam. You can enjoy Pho at any time of day but primarily at breakfast with a price range from 30,000 to 50,000 VND. The basic bowl consists of the broth made from beef bone flavored with ginger and coriander and the thin soft noodles. The taste of Pho is different between the North and the South. Pho Bac is often combine with banh quay (fried pie) to make a quite light flavor. While in the South of Vietnam, besides the usual basic ingredients to make the broth, grilled purple onion is added and the soup has sweeter taste with a bowl of egg yolk as a side dish. Apart from Pho Bo (beef noodles), Pho ga (chicken noodles) is also popular.



Pho is light, not fattening yet nutritious, delicious and fragrant with Vietnamese spices


  1. Bun cha

Bun cha is another popular tasty dish with a bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth, a basket of herbs and a helping of rice noodles. You can easily find bun cha from the clouds of meaty smoke after 11 am when street-side restaurants start grilling up small patties of seasoned pork and slices of marinated pork belly over a charcoal fire. You can combine Bun chả with the delicious nem cua be, nem ran, etc. (spring rolls)

  1. Goi cuon

When you get sick of too much fried food, Goi cuon (summer roll) is the great choice with the light and fresh flavor. There are often pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper to make a roll. Besides, you also can choose from a variety of other ingredients you want in each roll.

The sauce place a important role to decide this roll delicious or not. Normally, you can choose either a simple sauce consisting of hoisin sauce, garlic, peanut butter, and water, which are boiled until well blended or a combination of fish sauce, garlic, sugar, lemon, and carrot.

  1. Banh mi

Vietnamese traditional bread is very popular in Vietnam, which is usually sold in small stall on the street-side. Banh mi can be seen as a combination of sandwich and baguette. Depending on what you choose, the seller will mix various ingredients such as chicken, omelet, shredded pork skin, grilledpork, juicy crushed pork meatballs or vegetable and tofu. With only about 20,000 VND, you can order a tasty banh mi such as Chicken Bread, Omelet Bread, Shredded pork skin bread, Grilled pork bread, Juicy crushed pork meatballs bread or Vegetarian bread, etc.

  1. Banh xeo

Actually, Banh Xeo is a traditional cake of Southern province of Vietnam. But nowadays, on the geographical, there are differences in cooking styles and spices of this dish. In northern region, some other ingredients has been added or the size is smaller in central region. Especially, Banh Xeo has another name, much smaller and served with different dipping sauce and the fish sauce is spicier in Hue. Normally, each cake is filled with been sprouts, prawns, boiled pork, taro and carrot.



Delicious Banh Xeo


  1. Cha ca

Cha ca is an famous dish of the capital city of Vietnam with an interplay and magical balance of flavors, textures and colors. It’s earthy, salty, savory, bright, and fresh and also both tender and crunchy. Ca cha is made of fish filets (use catfish or other mild, firm white fish) combine with earthy turmeric, ginger, garlic, and fish sauce. The fish is seared until crispy on the outside, then served over the onions, scallions, and dill along with rice noodles, chopped peanuts, and a few dipping sauces. You can easily enjoy this dish in the bustling streets of Ha Noi.

  1. Mi quang

Mi Quang is originated from Quảng Nam Province in the centre of Vietnam. It is one of t  he most popular and nationally recognized food item, and served on various occasions such as at family parties, death anniversaries, and Tết. Mi Quang is made with a particular type of wide rice noodle  together with one or more of the following: shrimp, pork, chicken, or even fish or beef. The bone broth is yellow because of turmeric which is added with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot and garlic to increase flavour. You can eat this dish with fresh vegetables such as basil, perilla, Vietnamese coriander, water mint, sliced banana flower, and lettuce.

  1. Com tam

Com Tam, or broken rice, is made from rice with fractured rice grains which create the different from other Vietnam meals prepared with normal rice. Grilled pork (either ribs or shredded) is usually served with Com Tam. Besides,There are also various greens and pickled vegetables, along with a prawn paste cake and grilled prawns. Typically, This dish will be combined with a small bowl of fish sauce, as well as soup broth with garlic chives to clean the throat.  Local broken rice eateries can be found on almost every street in Vietnam’s cities.

  1. Bun bo nam bo

Bun bo nam bo in Hanoi is similar to bun thit bo xao in the South, which is made of fresh noodles cooked up with stir-fried beef. Both versions are enjoyed by mixing with fresh vegetables and sauces instead of a broth. The dish is more popular in summer because of its fresh flavour of different types of vegetables and delicious cool sauce.

  1. Cao lau

Cao lau is considered as one of the tasty specialties of Hoi An in the Middle of Vietnam. It is made with noodles, pork and local greens. There are many kinds of this dish depending on different ingredients. Some can vary the way the pork is cooked (or omitted), using different greens (or absence of mint), sometimes topped with fried pork rind, peanuts, rice crackers, and/or scallions. Nowadays, restaurants have added shrimp or chicken, and additional herbs to make modern versions which is more suitable with visitors taste.



Cao Lau – The delicacy of Hoi An


In general, Vietnam is ideal destination for travelers who want to discover totally different food, culture and beauty. In order enter Vietnam in the fastest way, Vietnam visa on arrival is the great choice to save your time and money. Just take a few minutes to complete online procedure, you will receive the Visa approval letter to get your visa stamped at Vietnam arrival airport. Also, you can check Vietnam visa requirements right on Vietnam-visa homepage. For example, if you are Argentinian, you can select “Argentina” in searching bar on , then you can know how to get Vietnam Visa in Argentina.

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