20 Vietnamese Food to Try

Wondering what to eat in Vietnam? You will be spoilt for choice!

what to eat in vietnam


I'll be the first to admit - Vietnamese food is nothing like that of Thailand. Thai food is loved by people from around the world all thanks to its fiery, well-seasoned dishes. Each bite is a burst of delightful flavors, making it exceedingly hard to put the spoon down. Well, Vietnamese food is notably different. While it is on a par with other Southeast Asian food in terms of color and vibrancy, it however, lacks in flavors - but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Vietnam is said to have one of the healthiest ethnic food in the world. It is ridiculously low in fat, mostly free of gluten, and is loaded with many types of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also capable of boosting the immune system while aiding weight loss. Sound too good to be true? You would need to try them to find out then. The following is a list of the top 20 must-try dishes in Vietnam. You are welcome.

Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

1. Bánh bè

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Bánh bè / Steamed savory rice cakes


2. Vây Cá Hồi Nướng

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Vây Cá Hồi Nướng / Grilled salmon


3. Mì Quảng

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Mì Quảng / rice noodle, one of the most popular food in the country


4. Bò Kho Bánh Mì

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Bò Kho Bánh Mì / Beef stew


5. Gỏi cuốn

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Gỏi cuốn / Soft vermicelli spring rolls


6. Trái sơ ri

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Trái sơ ri / Barbados cherries


7. Gỏi

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Gỏi / Goi salad


8. Chả giò

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Chả giò / Minced pork sausage


9. Súp Nấm Rong Biển

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Súp Nấm Rong Biển / Seaweed Soup


10. Khoai Mì

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Khoai Mì & Muối Mè / Tapioca with seasoned crushed peanut


11. Sweet Cakes

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Bánh Tằm Khoai Mì - Khoai Mì Nước Dừa - Xôi Thập Cẩm - Xôi đậu / Assortment of sweet cakes and desserts


12. Bún Thang

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Bún Thang


13. Bún Bò

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Bún Bò


14. Cơm tấm

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Cơm tấm (Sườn - Bì - Chả - Trứng) / Steamed broken rice with grilled pork chop marinated in sugar and fish sauce, pork loaf topped with egg, and a mixture of shredded pork and skin


15. Bò lúc lắc

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Bò lúc lắc / Sauteed beef


16. Bánh Xèo

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Bánh Xèo / Sizzling cake - Savory fried pancakes stuffed with pork, shrimp, green onion, and bean sprouts.

The right way of eating Bánh Xèo is to roll it with greens:


must-try local vietnamese food
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Dip it into the orangy sauce and you're good to go!


17. Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm

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Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm / Fried frog


18. Bò Xào Xả

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Bò Xào Xả / Beef and lemongrass stir-fry


19. Fried Noodles

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Fried egg noodles


20. Nem rán

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Nem rán / A more rugged variation of Chả giò


Addicted to everything Vietnamese? Read my post on Ho Chi Minh or Vung Tau :)

Ps. Special thanks to Andy and friends for helping me with the names of these dishes!

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