With much appreciation to a handful combination of fresh herbs and greens, paired with rice, noodles, seafood, pork, and beef, Vietnamese food is known to be both healthy and robust in flavor. Some of the best and probably most authentic Vietnamese delicacies can be experienced at roadside places, dynamic street markets, and simple-looking restaurants while many Vietnam cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City provide plenty of fine-dining venues and five-star hotel restaurants decked out in lavish settings. A conventional meal consists of either rice or noodles, seafood or meat dish, a vegetable dish, soup and fermented fish sauce called nuoc cham use for dipping, each of which can easily personalize depending on your taste buds. If you are planning to go food finding while in Vietnam, here’s a helpful list of what to eat.
Banh xeo is prepared with ingredients consisting of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, which you can load with chicken, pork or beef slices, vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, mushrooms, shrimps, and sliced onions and comes with a side of fresh lettuce or rice papers. The Banh xeo wrap is uniquely eaten with basil and mint leaves and dip in fermented peanut sauce.
Commonly known as Vietnamese fresh spring rolls, goi cuon cis made of pork slices, shrimp, basil, lettuce, and thin vermicelli noodles all tightly wrapped in translucent rice papers locally known as Banh Trang. Goi cuon is eaten together with hoisin-based dipping sauce and ground chilies and topped with crushed peanuts due to its exquisite flavor.
Vietnam’s signature dish is Pho with ingredients consisting rice noodles in a tasteful soup, meat and various greens, plus a side of fermented fish locally known as nuoc cham or chili sauce. Basically, you will expect a bowl of soup containing beef slices or tai (local name), beef meatballs or bo vien (local name), or beef flank or nam (local name) with bean sprouts, lime wedges, and fresh herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, and onions sprinkled on top. If you wanted to try exotic ingredients, you can eat Pho with beef tendon locally known as gan, thinly-sliced pig stomach locally known as sach, and flank with cartilage locally known as ve don.
Another unique French-Vietnamese sandwich is called Banh mi that’s perfect when you’re in need of a quick meal. Banh mi consists of pate, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, pickled vegetables, chilies, and hot peppers sandwich on a toasted baguette bread. You can take your preferred meat as most sellers have meat choices like fried fish seasoned with turmeric and dill, boiled sausages, Chinese barbecued pork, poached chicken, roasted pork belly, fried egg and grilled pork loin for your complete Banh mi meal.