The Most Delicious and Popular Vietnamese Food You Must Try
If you have a penchant for soup, noodles, or both? Then you need to visit Vietnam. Though soup is popular all over the country, there are still other food that you must try.
Vietnamese food is highly diverse so when you are in this wonderful Asian country, you have a lot of options to choose from. From healthy vegetable dishes to high-carb savory alternatives.
If you are looking for the most delicious and popular must-try Vietnamese food, read on below!
Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho)
Pronounced as ‘Fu’, this noodle dish is the first thing that’ll pop into people’s heads if we are talking about Vietnamese food. It is famous internationally, moreso inside Vietnam itself. It’s everywhere, from breakfast tables to the midnight snacks menus.
Generally, it comes as Beef (Pho Bo) or chicken (Pho Ga) serve with flat rice noodles, herbs, and delicious broth. You can also garnish your Pho with red chilies, lime, holy basil, and cilantro.
Summer Rolls (Goi Cuon)
The Summer Rolls or also known as fresh spring roll or salad roll is a dish that’s hard to dislike. This finger food consist of fresh greens wrapped and rolled in a thin rice paper, alongside rice noodles, fresh herbs, and your choice of meat. With the right dip choice, you are bounding yourself to this Vietnamese food forever. A healthy snack you shouldn’t pass on.
It has a less healthy alternative called fried spring rolls. It’s basically still meat and vegetables rolled in rice paper but it is deep fried until crispy.
Grilled Pork (Thit Nuong)
For the meat and barbecue lovers, we have a Vietnamese dish that will be hard to resist. Thit Nuong, or grilled pork, is another of Vietnam’s street food that can be found everywhere in the country. It is marinated pork, grilled over smoking charcoals. It can be eaten skewered as a quick snack, stuffed in a baguette, wrapped in spring rolls, or with Vietnamese topping noodles.
Beef on Rice (Bun Bo Nam Bo)
If you are looking for a beef dish on the list, Bun Bo Nam Bo is here to serve you. It is a dish with tenderly grilled, sliced beef, alongside fresh vermicelli noodles topped with peanuts and fresh herbs. It comes with delicious Vietnamese sweet, sour, salty, and hot dipping sauce.
Chicken on Sticky Rice (Xoi Ga)
Sticky rice is common all throughout Asia. In Vietnam, there’s a whole meal made of it. Instead of being a delicious side dish, Vietnamese sticky rice is a main course paired with chicken. It’s an appetizing serving of sticky rice topped with strips of chicken, fresh Vietnamese herbs and crispy shallots. For flavor, add a dash of soy and sesame.
Crispy Pancake (Bahn Xeo)
Bahn Xeo is similar to a crepe or pancake and is made with rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric which you can choose to fill with vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or beef slices, sliced onions, and mushrooms.
This is also another common Vietnamese street food and usually comes with a plate of fresh lettuce or rice papers.
Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles (Mi Quang)
This dish originated from Da Nang but fear not, for it is available in most Vietnamese restaurants. It is easily distinguishable because of its yellow-colored rice noodles, bathed with a mix of bone broth seasoned with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot, and garlic, alongside meat ingredients like shrimps, boiled quail eggs, and roast pork.
White Rose Dumplings (Bánh bao, bánh vạc)
A very aesthetically pleasing to look at food are this Bánh bao, bánh vạc or also called white rose dumplings. Very fitting for its name because this dish actually looks like white roses. It is a translucent white dough filled with either spicy minced shrimp or pork. It is steamed and is topped with crispy shallot, dip in a tangy sauce.