Evidently, cuisine is one of the best way to discover the culture of a place. Food is closed association with the working class – the major part forming a society. Thus, Vietnam – a friendly and natural rich nation, also has such a diverse and amazing cuisine. So, let us start o with the list of 12 best Vietnamese foods, which are considered must-eats in Vietnam.
1. Phở – Noodle soup
Sure, first to be in the list must be the most well-known dish launching an so many territories outside of Vietnam. Pho, or noodle soup is a perfect breakfast for a new day and also the best choice for a quick meal when there is no time for a big meal. Fresh noodles immerse in the scented broth served with local herbs, lime juice and chilli really do wake up every human’s sense. The most popular toppings to go with Pho are usually sliced beef and shredded chicken. However, feel free to add any meat of your favorite.
2. Bánh Mì – Vietnamese Best Sandwich
Not sure when the first Banh Mi was invented but it already made its own way to the life of Vietnamese people. A crunchy loaf of bread cover the hot fried-egg or pork-meat paste served with local herbs and some slice of cucumber, maybe added some chilli or mayonaise sauce, looks tiny but are able to provide the nutrition for the body no different than a normal meal.
3. Gỏi Cuốn -Fresh spring roll
Well, wrapped and rolled dishes stand a large foot in Vietnamese cuisine, and Goi cuon is one of the most recommended by the local people. The main ingredients varies as per individuals’ favorite but local herbs and the wrap-fresh rice paper never change. Put the ingredients together, roll them up by the rice paper and dip the roll into a bowl of Nước mắm made from the liquid fish sauce, smash garlic, sugar and lime juice, fresh chilli, it’s really one of the best taste ever. If you are sick of oily food, fresh spring roll is a tempting choice.
4. Bún Chả
Made from vermicelli and grilled pork, served with sweet and sour dipping source made from Nước mắm, Bún chả deserves to be the queen of breakfast besides the King-Pho.
5. Nem Rán (Vietnamese Fried Spring Roll)
A sibling of the above fresh spring roll so ingredients are nearly the same but they use the dried rice paper which is much thinner to roll and end up by deep frying the rolls. This would be a perfect dish to go with rice. Also, this sibling should be dipped in Nước mắm just like fresh spring roll.
6. Bánh Cuốn
A light savory dish, made from minced pork and wood ear mushroom wrapped by a thin sheet of steamed rice flour. The dish is often served with fried shallots as well as herbs, and, similar to Bun Cha and spring rolls, a bowl of sweet and sour Nước mắm. Some places people even added an egg and half-cook it.
7. Bún Bò Huế (Hue-style Beef Noodles)
Also a famous bowl of noodles but from the former capital Hue. The strings of noodles are much chubbier sinked in the special broth made from beef bones served with well-done sliced beef, boiled blood pudding, meat balls and a part of pork leg, that’s why they normal call it Bun bo gio heo (literally means beef noodles and pork leg). And of course, the dish will not be perfect with local herbs. Compared to Pho or Bun cha, this dish is pretty much and will fill your stomach better.
8. Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee)
One of the most crazy idea in the world but works perfectly. Hot black coffee in the harmony with fluffy egg beaten with honey and condensed milk deliver quite amazing taste. This is a kind of drink but it could be also listed as a dessert
9. Cơm Tấm (Broken Rice)
Once considered rice for the poor in the past, now a day Com Tam steps in the list of the best rice in the South. Normally served with grill pork and beef, Com Tam does deliver the amount of calories needed for a part of day.
10. Mì Quảng (Quang Noodle)
A local delicacy in Quang Nam, a province in the Middle of Vietnam, you might find it more clear when hearing about Hoi An, a famous destination which belongs to Quang Nam province. The strings of noodles resemble Pho but a bit thicker and yellow made by putting several layers of fresh steamed rice flour and cutting into small long species. They used peanut oil to prevent the strings from sticking together. The dish requires 9 kinds of herbs, pork broth, pork, prawn, shredded chicken and fractured dried peanuts. The combination is quite mouth-watering.
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