7 Vietnamese Dishes You Really Should Try
What’s the first Vietnamese food that comes to your mind? Phở? Spring Rolls? Or else? Yes, all of these are quintessential dishes of Vietnam, but it is difficult to list all here as it has so many to offer. Here, we will pick up 7 best Vietnamese dishes that wanderlusts should try upon their presence in the country.
Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without Pho? It’s almost impossible to walk across the streets of major cities of the country without witnessing a crowd of locals enjoying their Pho. And one more thing travelers to Vietnam can easily find is that Pho is not for a breakfast or lunch or dinner, or a dessert only, it is for all the day long.
Consisting of light beef or chicken broth flavored with ginger and coriander, fresh rice noodles and a sprinkling of herbs, this simple bowl features predominately in the local diet.
Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese Spring Roll)
This is perhaps the most simple but still delicious dish of Vietnam to be prepared. The translucent cigar-shaped rolls are packed with greens, coriander and various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab. But what makes this dish to show off its entire taste is the sauce – a fish sauce based dipping sauce.
Almost every region in Vietnam has its own distinct spring roll but no matter where you are, the wrapping and rolling process is more or less the same.
Banh mi (Vietnamese bread)
A product combines a crunchy French baguette with pork, pate, and an ever-changing array of fresh vegetables. Its taste is so good that it’s been imitated around the world.
Banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe)
It appears that words cannot describe how delicious the Vietnamese Bank Xeo is. Crispy, coconut rice flour pancakes stuffed with deliciously crunchy raw veggies and fresh herbs served along with the typical sweet, sour, spicy, salty dipping sauce. It’s giving travelers all the feels and making us salivate just thinking about it.
Bun cha (Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)
Why Mr. Barack Obama chose Bun Cha for his dinner in Hanoi? Originating from Hanoi, this place is where its taste is kept original. It consist of grilled pork soaked in warm dipping sauce/ lightly fish sauce/ broth, which adds a wonderful acidity to the fried meat which is prepared both thinly sliced and ground into seasoned patties. It is also served with rice vermicelli (bún) and an assortment of greens and pickled vegetables (green papaya/ carrot, etc.).
Cao lau (Hoi An Noodles)
When you come to Hoi An, there is one thing you should not miss, which is to enjoy Cao Lau. Chewy noodles, smoky pork, crisp greens, crunchy croutons and refreshing bean sprouts: it may sound like an odd medley, but together these ingredients compose one of Vietnam’s most iconic dishes, also its most mysterious.
Cha ca (Fried fish cake)
If you have ever come to Hanoi and enjoyed its Cha Ca, you perhaps cannot deny that this is truly a super delicious Vietnamese dish. Perfectly cooked and spiced fish, the most amazing flavor of the dill, tomato and turmeric, all live together to make a great taste.
Does this sound great to be noted down for your trip to Vietnam?
Tips: upon packing your things, remember to check your Vietnam visa as it is a very important travel paper. Policy of the Vietnam government has it that certain nationals may get visa exemption for certain period of time. They are citizens of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belarus, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom. Those who do not get benefit from this policy will need to obtain a visa before departure for Vietnam.