21 Awesome Foods of Vietnam, Asia

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Discover 21 awesome foods of Vietnam. I spent about 3 weeks in Vietnam and one of the highlights was the abundance of awesome Vietnamese food. Almost every city has some special famous dish, and traditional Vietnamese food in general is delicious.

With the French influence you get cheap baguettes and nice breads, but then you also get the traditional Asian meals with rice and noodles.

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21 Awesome Foods of Vietnam, Asia

1. Banh Tet

Hanoi was not my first stop in Vietnam. I had been to Halong City and Sapa before it, but Hanoi is the first place where there was an abundance of great foods that I could easily sample.

Bahn Tet is a savory sticky rice wrapped in a banana leaf. I think you can also get it sweet, but I prefer savory. It set me back 13000VND.

2. Bun Bo Hue

Hue was a gold mine for great foods. Bun Bo Hue is a rice noodle soup dish which can be found all over Vietnam, but originates in Hue, hence its name. There is normal Bun Bo also readily available, but try them both and you’ll know why Bun Bo Hue is so revered.

I got mine for 30000vnd at 8 Dinh Tien Hoang. This restaurant had lots of good food, including all the local dishes at good prices.

3. Bahn Khoai

From the same place I tried Banh Khoai for 20000VND. It is like a savory crispy pancake/omelette and was delicious.

Banh Khoai. Food of Vietnam, Survive Travel

By Charles Haynes from Hobart, Australia (Banh Khoai) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

4. Bun Thit Nuong

I thought this was not as good as the other two dishes from Hue, but ti was still really good. It set me back 30000vnd. It is basically grilled meat with vermicelli noodles, but much more delicious than it sounds.

Bun Thit Nuong Awesome Foods of Vietnam, Asia

By Lưu Ly [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

5. Nem Lui

Nem Lui is kind of like a Vietnamese style kebab. Basically, it is grilled chopped meat. It usually comes with some salad stuff and the sauce which is delicious. The cost was 30 000VND.

Nem Lui, Food of Vietnam, Survive Travel

By Charles Haynes (originally posted to Flickr as Nem Lui) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Bahn Beo

Bahn Beo was a little ‘delicate’ for me, but it was tasty. Banh Beo is a bunch of rice pancake type things, each topped with something different e.g. shrimp, mung bean paste, shallots etc. At 20000VND it was definitely worth a try.

Bahn Beo, Foods of Vietnam, Survive Travel

By Charles Haynes (originally posted to Flickr as Bahn Beo) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Bánh Cuốn

Bánh Cuốn is a rice noodle roll popular in Northern Vietnam. Inside is ground pork, shallots, and mushrooms.

Bánh cuốn Thanh Trì, Vietnamese Cuisine, Survive Travel

By Casablanca1911 at vi.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

8. Banh Bao Vac

After Hui the next spot for awesome food was Hoi An. The first thing I tried was Banh Bao Vac, which in English translates to white rose. It is a shrimp dumpling.

This dish which was a little ‘delicate’ for me. I got it from a restaurant on the waterfront for 35000VND but saw it in other menus for as much as 60000vnd. It was definitely an appetizer.

9. Cau Lau

Cau Lau is a noodle dish only found in Hoi An. The reason it is not duplicated, and what gives it its unique taste is that it is cooked in the water from a secret well somewhere out of the town of Hoi An, although I doubt that the places that make it specifically use that well water.

It is noodles, pork and some green stuff with a nice sauce. It cost about 30000VND. It was pretty nice.

Cao Lau Awesome Foods of Vietnam, Asia SurviveTravel.com

By ansieee (Cao Lau) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

10. Bahn Xeo

A savory “sizzling pancake” roll. It can be vegetarian or with meat. Popular fillings include green onion, pork, shrimp, and sprouts.

Bahn Xeo is very similar to Bahn Khoai from Hue. But Bahn Khoai is open while Bahn Xeo is folded. Bahn Khoai seems more oily.

Bánh xèo, Traditional Vietneamese Food, Survive Travel

By DuyTran16 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

11. Hoi An Local Beer

So beer is not food, but you consume it so it is included. The Hoi An local beer was probably my favorite of the beers in Vietnam. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of it. It is about 25c (us cents) a cup.

Hoi An Local Beer, Foods of Vietnam, Survive Travel

By calflier001 (FRESH BEER HOI AN VIETNAM JAN 2012) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

12. Mi Quang

The last local dish of Hoi An I tried was Mi Quang, a type of noodles, which originated in the Quang Nam province. Like most Vietnamese noodle dishes it is basically meat (or fish or whatever) with rice noodles or some other noodle and some sort of veggies. What sets them apart usually is the type of noodle, but mostly it is the flavors they use. It is worth the try and cost 30000VND.

Mì Quảng, Traditional Vietnamese Food, Survive Travel

By SauceSupreme (originally posted to Flickr as Mi Quang) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

13. Nui Xao Bo

After Hoi An the next place for food was also my last stop in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. There is a ton of street food in Ho Chi Minh City and the first thing I tried was Nui Xao Bo, which is basically fried macaroni with beef. It cost 30000VND and was pretty good.

I found it, as well as the next couple of these awesome foods of Vietnam at a few stalls across the road form the Ben Thanh Markets.

14. Ha Cao

Ha Cao is a kind of dumpling. It cost 15000vnd and is very tasty.

This image is actually Ha Gao, the Cantonese version. It is essentially the same.

15. Bahn Mi

Bahn Mi is a Vietnamese baguette which according to your choice can be filled with a variety of meats and/or cheese. It is found everywhere in Vietnam and price range from 8000VND (the cheapest I found in Dalat) to 25000+ if they rip you, a tourist, off. The average price is about 12-15000VND.

I found a place in Ho Chi Minh that sold Bahn Mi for 10,000VND from a street stall on the west corner of Pham Ngu Lao. There’s a sign with the price. Ask for no chili if you don’t want it.

Of all the things on this list of awesome foods of Vietnam, Bahn Mi was undoubtedly what I at the most. It’s cheap, delicious and good to take away if you didn’t want a sit down meal. It’s also a nice alternative to Noodle Soup.

16. Mi Hoanh Thanh

Mi Hoanh Thanh is pretty much wonton noodle soup. It is 30,000VND from next to the same place I had Nui Xao Bo.

17. Vietnamese Street Cake

I have no idea what this is called, but it tasted pretty good. There are a few different types. They sell it in carts while walking up the street and it is made from rice and something or rather. I paid 2 for 15,000. Initially, it was 10,000 each, but I’m sure locals probably only pay 5,000vnd.

18. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

This might be the most famous of the foods of Vietnam. Surprisingly it is not as common as you would think, although it is not uncommon. Make sure you specify you want the rice spring rolls, cause I think they think foreigners automatically want them fried, which happened to me a few times.

19. Jelly Grass Juice

I got a can of Jelly Grass Juice from the mini-mart (10,000vnd), which was not terrible, but I wouldn’t drink it again.

20. Pho

The typical Vietnamese noodle soup with your choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian and rice vermicelli noodles. Pho is simple, delicious and a staple breakfast choice for the Vietnamese. Different styles and tastes depending on where you go.

Pho Awesome Foods of Vietnam, Asia SurviveTravel.com

By androog (SAIGON : 9-10 Dec) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

21. Typical Homemade Vietnamese Dish

This is a typical local Vietnamese dish of rice, fish and some other sides. I actually got this in Halong City, the first place I visited, and was given to me with a shot of rice wine while waiting on some guy’s boat. It was really good.

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Typical home made Vietnamese dish

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