Top 8 attractive dishes in Vietnam that you can not miss

by Lam Pham

Vietnam is a small country in Southeast Asia, famous for many traditional industries and beautiful landscapes loved by many tourists such as Sapa, Da Nang, Phu Quoc Island, Ha Long Bay, etc, and especially Vietnamese cuisine is also one of the main reasons that attract tourists every year to Vietnam. Now with check out 8 famous Vietnamese specialties below.

1. Pho Ha Noi

Pho Ha Noi

Pho is one of the oldest Vietnamese delicacies in Hanoi. Vietnamese Pho, especially Hanoi Pho, was included in the list of 50 world’s delicious dishes voted by CNN in March 2018, with the skillful hands of veteran processors. A bowl of pho will include a rich broth simmered for hours from beef bones, with a hint of ginger, served with large rice noodles and green onions. Then pieces of chicken or beef will be added.
When enjoying, squeeze a piece of lemon and add a little chili flakes to create a “top of the top” bowl of pho.

Pho can be eaten at any time of the day, but people often eat it in the morning.

2. Banh Mi (Vietnamese bread)

Banh Mi (Vietnamese bread)

Banh mi, the renowned Vietnamese bread, has gained international acclaim for its exceptional taste and versatility.
With a cheap price and full of nutrients, millions of loaves of bread are sold every day throughout Vietnam. Banh mi with crispy crust along with grilled meat, pork rolls, pate, cucumber, herbs, butter, egg sauce, etc., have created a dish with bold flavors of the homeland, becoming the soul of the restaurant. Vietnamese cuisine in the eyes of international tourists.

3. Bun rieu cua (Vietnamese rice vermicelli with crab)

Bun rieu cua (Vietnamese rice vermicelli with crab)

Bun rieu cua, a lesser-known yet equally delightful famous Vietnamese food, is a dish that deserves a special place in the hearts of culinary enthusiasts. 

The combination of crab and tomatoes makes crab vermicelli a truly outstanding dish. The soup is rich and sour. The ingredients of this dish include plain vermicelli, fresh crab meat, cubed tofu, and stewed tomatoes. Cooking a bowl of authentic vermicelli noodles is a laborious process. After the crab meat is separated from the body, the shell is ground into powder with a mortar and pestle and then filtered to create juice. Floating around the bowl are pieces of minced crab combined with ground pork and eggs that melt in the mouth.

4. Com Tam (Broken rice)

Com Tam (Broken rice)

If you want to find a delicious, long-lasting dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Com Tam is your true love.

Most Com Tam in Saigon has huge ribs that almost cover the rice underneath, so once you eat this dish, you will feel full. In addition to rib meat, Com Tam is also served with many other dishes such as pork rolls, pork skin, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, and chili garlic fish sauce. Anyone who tries this “delicious” dish will fall in love with it.

5. Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon

Not only for Vietnamese people but also in the eyes of foreign tourists, Goi Cuon is considered a quick – compact – cheap, easy-to-eat dish. Even those who normally cannot eat vegetables can still eat spring rolls.
A simple Goi Cuon dish with a variety of accompanying ingredients makes diners want to enjoy it over and over without getting bored. Goi Cuon includes rice paper, rice paper, peeled boiled shrimp, pork belly, herbs, lettuce, cucumber, etc, rolled together and eaten with dipping sauce.
The seasoning sauce chosen for Saigon Goi Cuon is made from crushed chili, lemon, sugar, and a little pineapple to create a sweet and sour aroma.

6. Banh Xeo (Pancake)

Banh Xeo (Pancake)

Coming to south and central Vietnam, if you have never tried Banh Xeo, then you must have missed a veteran dish.

A “standard” Southern Banh Xeo needs to be filled with shrimp, meat, green beans, and bean sprouts. The crust must be thin, crunchy, not crushed, or burnt, and have a beautiful saffron-yellow color. When eating pancakes, they must be rolled with broccoli, and herbs of all kinds, dipping the right fish sauce mixed with both sour and sweet, ensuring that it is always “wonderful“.

However, depending on the region and the processing of the sellers, the Banh Xeo will also be slightly different. However, no matter how it is modified, the fatty flavor of the crust mixed with the salty taste of the filling always retains miraculous power. Not only does it attract local people, but Banh Xeo also makes visitors unforgettable after the first tasting.

7. Bun Cha (Vermicelli and grilled chopped meat)

Bun Cha Ha Noi

Referring to Bun Cha, people will often pair with the two words “Hanoi”, because this is a famous specialty of the capital. This dish is so popular that you can find it in eateries all over the city or even on the sidewalks.

Bun Cha consists of pork grilled in a hot, fragrant charcoal oven. This barbecue will be a bit like meatballs or meat used in sandwiches. Then serve with herbs, broth, and of course, the main ingredient is vermicelli. In addition, this famous Bun Cha is often served with crab spring rolls.

8. Thit Trau Gac Bep (Buffalo meat in the kitchen )

Thit Trau Gac Bep (Buffalo meat in the kitchen )

Buffalo meat in the kitchen is the traditional dish that makes the brand Ha Giang specialty. Buffalo meat in the kitchen is imbued with the culinary style of Thai people. This is not only a daily dish of people living in the northern highlands but also often appears in festivals or sacrifices and as gifts for distinguished guests.

The taste of kitchen buffalo meat is as its name suggests – spices marinated with spicy Mac Khen seeds, fresh and sweet buffalo meat, and the typical smell of kitchen smoke from the mountains. The outside flesh is dark brown but the inside is eye-catching red and rich in flavor.

Above are the specialty dishes in Vietnam that compiled and shared with you. Hope this article will help you have great experiences in Vietnam, and don’t forget to try the dishes that offers shared it!

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