The best dishes you should try in Vietnam

Vietnam is a hotspot for delicious food. The cuisine is vibrant and flavourful. From its street food which is cheap and scrumptious to its high-end restaurant food filled with amazing creations, you can find delicious food everywhere.

Each region has its distinct foods with the northern food having more of a Chinese influence with stir-fries, noodles, etc.. While the south tends to be on the sweeter but spicier side.

Vietnamese cuisine can be distinguished by the use of a lot of herbs like cilantro, perilla, lemongrass, etc., varieties of vegetables, and seafood You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Vietnamese food.


The tastiest dishes you need to to try in Vietnam

Here is a list of dishes that is a must for anyone traveling to Vietnam:


You can never go wrong with a bowl of pho. Pho is the iconic dish of Vietnam and is synonymous with the country. Its clear broth filled with noodles and herbs makes for a hearty meal. It was originally a breakfast dish originating in the northern part of Vietnam. But now it can be found all over the country and at any time of the day. As the national dish, it is the clear favorite and is popular with the tourists as well. You can find it everywhere from street food eateries to high-end restaurants. Even the average Vietnamese household has their own versions and twists of this much-lived dish. 


Coffee and Vietnam go way back. Coffee was first brought to the country by the French in 1850 and since then, it has reached a whole new level. The country is now the second-largest producer of coffee in the world and is also one of the highest consumers of coffee. Since Vietnam is a tropical country cold coffee is the preferred drink of choice. But the Vietnamese are very creative when it comes to their coffee. You can find different types of coffee from egg coffee, coconut coffee to the more traditional Ca Phe Sua Da which is a cold coffee with condensed milk instead of milk which will satisfy any sweet tooth. And for the more daring, you can try the egg coffee which has raw egg yolk and condensed milk added to a cup of hot coffee and sugar.

Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon or spring rolls are tiny packets of greatness filled with meat, veggies and herbs all rolled in a soaked rice paper and served cold. Traditionally, the filling is usually meat or seafood with veggies and herbs like mint, cucumber, cilantro, and served alongside a fish sauce. Sometimes, noodles are also added to the roll. The end result is not just an explosion of flavours but extremely healthy as well. It is no wonder that Goi Cuon was listed among the 50 best foods in the world by CNN.

Bun Cha

Bun cha is a grilled pork dish with rice noodles, herbs, and fish sauce in broth. Traditionally eaten during lunch it is very flavourful and filling. However, because of its popularity the dish can be easily found anywhere around the countries and can be eaten anytime of the day.  The stand out part of the dish is definitely the dipping sauce made with fish sauce that is served along with the noodles.   

Banh Mi 

Banh Mi is probably one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes, second only to Pho. It is a bun or baguette filled with fresh veggies and herbs, meat or patty of your choice. This simple dish is packed with a lot of flavors. A staple in Vietnamese cuisine, Banh Mi is very popular as a breakfast food for the early morning crowd as it is convenient to make and carry.

Com Tam

Com tam is a rice dish from Southern Vietnam consisting of broken rice with a side of fried egg or steamed egg, pork slices, pork skin, and an assortment of herbs and pickles, spring onions, lime, etc. It is a hearty meal that has humble beginnings but is now a staple dish in Vietnamese households.

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo is a type of crispy pancake stuffed with different fillings made of pork, seafood, bean sprouts, eggs, etc. This savory pancake is made with rice flour, turmeric, and water. The turmeric gives Banh Xeo its distinctive yellowish color. The pancake is served with herbs like mint, cilantro, etc., and fish sauce. 

Bot Chien

Bot Chein is a dish popular among students as an after-school snack. The sweet, starchy, sour combo is the perfect bite-sized snack. It is made of rice cakes fried with egg served with shredded green papaya and garnished with green onion and shallots. Bot Chien dipped in chili sauce or vinegar is the way to go.  


Vietnam is a country that is deeply rooted in its food with an emphasis on delicious affordable food that anyone can buy at any time. With its rich food culture, Vietnam should be at the top of your list for a culinary adventure of a lifetime. To visit Vietnam and taste the amazing food that it has to offer, you will need to apply for a visa through the Vietnam embassy or consulate in your home country or online using a government-approved visa company like BDATrip. However, if you are a citizen of one of 25 countries that has visa exceptions like South Korea, you do not need a visa for a specific number of days.


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