Wondering what to eat in Vietnam? You will be spoilt for choice!
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.
1. Bánh bè
Bánh bè / Steamed savory rice cakes
2. Vây Cá Hồi Nướng
Vây Cá Hồi Nướng / Grilled salmon
3. Mì Quảng
Mì Quảng / rice noodle, one of the most popular food in the country
4. Bò Kho Bánh Mì
Bò Kho Bánh Mì / Beef stew
5. Gỏi cuốn
Gỏi cuốn / Soft vermicelli spring rolls
6. Trái sơ ri
Trái sơ ri / Barbados cherries
Gỏi / Goi salad
8. Chả giò
Chả giò / Minced pork sausage
9. Súp Nấm Rong Biển
Súp Nấm Rong Biển / Seaweed Soup
10. Khoai Mì
Khoai Mì & Muối Mè / Tapioca with seasoned crushed peanut
11. Sweet Cakes
Bánh Tằm Khoai Mì - Khoai Mì Nước Dừa - Xôi Thập Cẩm - Xôi đậu / Assortment of sweet cakes and desserts
12. Bún Thang
13. Bún Bò
14. Cơm tấm
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
Bò lúc lắc / Sauteed beef
16. Bánh Xèo
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:
Dip it into the orangy sauce and you're good to go!
17. Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm
Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm / Fried frog
18. Bò Xào Xả
Bò Xào Xả / Beef and lemongrass stir-fry