What to eat in Vietnam
8 finest foods that make you unforgettable.
Long long time, all the needs of tourists to Vietnam are just: what to see, where to stay and what to eat.
I have some blogs to guide you to the best places to visit in Vietnam. More important, trying a new food with local flavor and cooking cuisine is seem to be the best thing to experience in the Asian country of Vietnam. Here I listed 8 different courses that could get into your mind even decades later.
1. Phở (rice noodle soup)
Oh my God. It is number 1. I know that you could make it at home after observing they made but the flavor and the way they mix is a secret. Vietnamese has the habit to enjoy Phở in the morning, lunch and dinner could be phở as well. Phở is their national food.
Phở bò is beef noodle, phở gà is chicken noodle. While phở lợn/heo is noodle and pork. I highly recommend this food and the price is so cheap. You could have a phở for just 1-1,5$. Phở exist everywhere in Old Quarter Hanoi. If you need the good one, go to 29 Bát Đàn to enjoy the authentic phở for a little higher price.
2. Bún chả (bbq pork with rice noodle)
In May, 2016 president Barack Obama came to Vietnam and had dinner Bún chả.
“There is no better place to entertain the leader of the free world, in my opinion, than one of these classic, funky family-run noodle shops you find all over Hanoi,” says Bourdain. “Dinner and a beer costs about $6. I’m guessing the President doesn’t get a lot of state dinners like this.”
President or not, you don’t need a celebrity guide to make the most of this nation’s eats. Food is quite cheap. Especially, street foods in open air traditional market.
Bún chả has same same price with phở and very to track in every corner of Hanoi.
Bún chả 1 Hàng Mành is quite a good place to taste.
3. Xôi yến (sticky rice)
Savory sticky rice is less of an accompaniment to meals in Vietnam; it is more a meal itself.
The glutinous staple comes with any number of mix-ins (from slivers of chicken or pork to fried or preserved eggs), but almost always with a scattering of dried shallots on top.
Good location to eat: Xôi yến 35B Nguyễn Hữu Huân.
4. Bánh xèo (fried rice cake with shrimp)
A good banh xeo is a crispy crepe bulging with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts, plus the garnish of fresh herbs that are characteristic of most authentic Vietnamese dishes. To enjoy one like a local, cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves and dunk it in whatever special sauce the chef has mixed up for you.
5. Bánh mỳ (ba mi; French sandwich)
Yummy, bánh mỳ is take-away meal. Very delicious and convenient.
The French may have brought with them the baguette, but Vietnam takes it to a different level.
How, exactly, depends on what end of the country you’re in.
In the north, chefs stick to the basic elements of carbohydrate, fat and protein — bread, margarine and paté — but head south and your banh mi may contain a more colorful combination of cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chili sauce.
6. Gỏi cuốn (fresh springrolls with pork)
These light and fresh spring rolls are a wholesome choice when you’ve been indulging in too much of the fried food in Vietnam.
The translucent parcels are first packed with salad greens, a sliver of meat or seafood and a layer of coriander, before being neatly rolled and dunked in Vietnam’s favorite condiment — fish sauce.
Not ready to give up on the fried ones?
In the north these fried parcels go by the name nem ran, while southerners call them cha gio.
The crispy shell surrounds a soft veggie and meat filling.
7.Bún đậu mắm tôm (Vermicelli & tofu with shrimp paste)
This was one of the stranger things we’ve tried, but it pleasantly surprised us! This dish consists of fried tofu, fishcakes, pork, and tightly compressed vermicelli noodle “patties” cut into cubes. These are then eaten dipped into a shrimp paste and accompanied with fresh herbs (as everything in Hanoi is). Yum! But beware, the shrimp paste is super pungent so only a tiny dab will do!
Where to eat: There is a restaurant at the corner of main street Nguyễn Hữu Huân and Cau Go, only open during the morning and early afternoon hours. In the evening, the place changes to a seafood restaurant!
8. Cà phê trứng (egg coffe)
Vietnamese “egg coffee” is technically a drink, but we prefer to put it in the dessert category.
The creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam perched on the dense Vietnamese coffee will have even those who don’t normally crave a cup of joe licking their spoons with delight.
In Hanoi, follow the tiny alley between the kitschy souvenir shops at 11 Hang Gai into the clearing and up several flights of increasingly dicey stairs to pair your ca phe trung with an unbeatable view of Hoan Kiem Lake.
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