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 flavours, 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 cuisines in terms of colour and vibrancy, it however, lacks in flavours - 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!


    20 Vietnamese Food to Try

    Water Fern Cakes - Bánh Bèo

    This unique dish originated from Huế, which is a city in central Vietnam. Translated to be water fern cakes, Bánh bèo is prepared by combining rice flour and tapioca flour. It is one of the most popular street food across Vietnam.

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    Bánh bè / Steamed savory rice cakes


    Crispy Salmon - Vây Cá Hồi Nướng

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    Vây Cá Hồi Nướng / Grilled salmon


    Rice Noodles - Mì Quảng

    This Vietnamese noodle dish originated from the Quảng Nam Province in central Vietnam. it is a popular regional specialty served on significant occasions such as parties, death anniversaries and Tết. The dish consists of rice noodles, meat and various herbs and garnished with peanuts, chillies, toasted sesame rice crackers, and lime.

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    Mì Quảng or rice noodle is one of the most popular food in the country.


    Beef Stew - Bò Kho

    Bo Kho is a spicy and flavorful Vietnamese braised beef stew containing large chunks of meat, carrots and potatoes. This dish is commonly eaten with Bánh Mì which is a short baguette with thin, crisp crust.

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    Bò Kho is a type of Vietnamese beef stew


    Fresh Spring Rolls - Gỏi Cuốn

    Gỏi cuốn or nem cuốn is a popular Vietnamese salad and rice paper roll. It is traditionally prepared using pork, prawn, fresh green vegetables and bún wrapped in bánh tráng or rice paper wrappers.

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    Gỏi cuốn is a type of soft vermicelli spring rolls in Vietnam


    Trái sơ ri

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    Trái sơ ri / Barbados cherries


    Gỏi Salad

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    Pork Spring Rolls - Chả giò

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    Chả giò / Minced pork sausage


    Seaweed Soup - Súp Nấm Rong Biển

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    Súp Nấm Rong Biển / Seaweed Soup


    Steamed Cassava - Khoai Mì

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    Khoai Mì & Muối Mè / Tapioca with seasoned crushed peanut


    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


    Chicken Noodle Soup - Bún Thang

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    Bún Thang


    Beef & Rice Noodle Soup - Bún Bò

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    Bún Bò


    Broken Rice with Pork Chop - 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

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    Cơm tấm


    Beef Lok Lak - Bò lúc lắc

    Beed Lok Lak is a famous Vietnamese dish inspired by the French cuisine. It consists of beef cut into bite-sized cubes and sautéed with red onions, pepper and soy sauce.

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    Bò lúc lắc / Sauteed beef


    Crispy Rice Pancakes - 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.

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    Bánh Xèo / Sizzling cake
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    Fried Frog with Fish Sauce - Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm


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    Ếch Chiên Nước Mắm / Fried frog


    Lemongrass Beef - Bò Xào Xả


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    Bò Xào Xả / Beef and lemongrass stir-fry


    Fried Noodles


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    Fried egg noodles


    Fried Spring Rolls - Nem rán


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    Nem rán / A more rugged variation of Chả giò


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