One of the things that make Vietnam famous is their food. Their meals are considered to be one of the healthiest in the world and you can see why (It’s full of greens!). From famous noodles to grilled options, greens and healthy ingredients are always incorporated in their dish. This makes Vietnam one of the ideal vacation destinations for foodies and vegetarians. Check out these famous, healthy and delicious foods from Vietnam on our list below!
Pho is Vietnam’s vermicelli noodle soup known worldwide. From street food stands to small restaurants, this dish is a staple breakfast soup and is found anywhere in Vietnam. It has numerous varieties from Pho with beef of Pho Bo or Pho with chicken of Pho Ga. It is made up of vermicelli noodles (Pho), hot broth from animal bones, added with various vegetables and meat. It is then garnished with red chillies, cilantro, holy basil and squeeze of lime.
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This food is inspired from the French’s Baguette. During the French colonial period, the baguette was introduced with meat – ham, chicken and/or butter. To suit the local’s tastes, vegetables, herbs and more toppings were added. Eggs, sausages, grilled pork can also be added according to the customers’ orders. Today, the food can be served as a stand-alone meal for the convenience of the local’s bustling activities.
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While Pho is best served as breakfast or dinner, Bun cha is served during lunch. It is made of rice vermicelli noodles with grilled sliced pork. Meatballs are also served on the side and are dipped in fish sauce. Sea Crab Fried Rolls or Nem Cua Be is also suggested to be eaten together with Bun Cha.
One of Vietnam’s favourites – Cao Lau, is made of noodles, pork, rice and bean sprouts. It is a mix from the Japanese thick noodles, crispy crackers of the Chinese and the Vietnamese’s broth and vegetables. This dish originated from the city of Hoi An.
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Similar to a pancake, this dish is more than that. The batter is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric – which gives the yellow collor when fried. Shrimp, ground meat, bean sprouts and spring onion are also added. It is then garnished with vegetables and served hot. It is best eaten dipped in fish sauce with or without rice paper rolls.
Thit Nuong or Grilled Pork is one of the Vietnam street food favourites! It is marinated pork cooked in smoking charcoals which is suitable for a skewered snack or meal. You can also find this stuffed in other Vietnamese dish such as Banh Mi, spring rolls and as favorites topping noodles or Bun Thit Nuong.
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Cà phê trứng (Egg Coffee)
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Egg Coffee or Ca Phe Trung sounds weird but it actually tastes amazing! Made from robusta coffee base, topped with frothy beaten egg yolk, condensed milk and sugar, this coffee is a must try. Its origin was from Hanoi where a diner’s first owner invented the drink.
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This rice vermicelli noodle soup is made with well-done stir fried beef strips, meat balls, spring rolls, fish sauce, herbs and vegetables and even sugar. It is paired with Nuoc Cham, a sauce made with carrot, chillies and unripe papaya which is sweet, sour and salty.
Gỏi cuốn and Nem rán
These two dishes are similar as they are both spring rolls. Goi Con or known as Summer Rolls is a fresh spring roll which is made of pork, prawn, bun, vegetables and even vermicelli noodles wrapped in thin rice paper. It is dipped in peanut sauce. Vegetarian alternatives are also available. Nem Ran or Fried Spring Rolls is made from meat and vegetables rolled in rice paper which is then deep fried.
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