The food in Vietnam is very diverse and the Vietnamese cuisine has received and maintained many influences over generations. The food in Vietnam is sometimes even French or Chinese influenced.
Vietnamese cuisine is also known outside the country, so you can find it in Germany or even Thailand.
10 delicious dishes of Vietnamese cuisine
We have to admit that we knew very little about Vietnamese food before our trip and only the well-known dishes like Banh Mi or the soup Pho were known to us. If you feel the same way, try Vietnamese cuisine on a food tour in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.
In this article we will introduce you to 10 Vietnamese dishes that you should definitely try in the country.
1. Banh Mi
Banh Mi is one of the classic Vietnam foods. Every Vietnamese and certainly every visitor has eaten it before. We too are completely convinced of this delicious Vietnamese sandwich and have eaten one almost every day!
There are different types of Banh Mi, but the two most common ones are Op La and Thit. Op La is the Banh Mi variant, which is filled with a fried egg. Thit is the variant that is filled with many different types of meat and pate.
In addition, there is usually a chili sauce as well as various herbs and vegetables. Sometimes there are also a few chili pieces inside, which will make the whole thing a bit spicy.
The Pho noodle soup is the next classic in Vietnamese cuisine and is popular with both travelers and locals. The soup is served in a clear broth with rice noodles and beef (Pho Bo) or chicken (Pho Ga). There are also spring onions, soy, fish sauce, mint, chillies, and some basil so that you can prepare it as you like.
Especially in the morning you can get the soup in many corners of Vietnam, as it is often eaten as breakfast. But there are also many restaurants for lunch or dinner.
When visiting Vietnam, you should definitely try it at least once.
3. Goi Cuon Tom Thit
Goi Cuon Tom Thit are fresh spring rolls, often referred to as Fresh Summer Rolls on menus. The spring rolls are almost transparent as they are made with rice paper. In addition, they are absolutely healthy, because they are not even fried.
They are filled with lots of mint, iceberg lettuce, glass noodles, and fresh shrimp. The whole filling is rolled up in the rice paper and served with a peanut or chili sauce.
Absolutely delicious, although sometimes there is a little too much mint for my taste.
4. Com Tam
Com Tam translates as broken, cooked rice and is often served in the Saigon area as Com Tam Sai Gon. There is a grilled piece of pork on top of the rice. In Ho Chi Minh City, this is often eaten as breakfast.
However, the broken rice is the main ingredient. This is rice that got broken during grinding – actually a very simple description.
Definitely a very well-known dish in Vietnam, which you should also try.
5. Banh Beo Tom
Banh Beo are savory rice cookies, which are topped with dried, ground shrimps and spring onions. Also, fish sauce is served, which you can pour over the rice cookies as you like. The fish sauce from the island of Phu Quoc is particularly well known and popular throughout the country.
Extremely tasty, we can only recommend it to you!
6. Banh Xeo
Banh Xeo is a Vietnamese pancake, also known as Vietnamese crepe. There are several types of preparation, so the pancake is sometimes very soft and sometimes very crispy.
It is prepared with eggs, rice flour, water, and coconut milk. The whole thing is filled with various types of vegetables, meat, and shrimps. The pancake is often served as a starter in restaurants.
Conclusion: definitely a must-try!
7. Com Heo Quay Xao Cai Chua
This is one of Vietnam’s many rice dishes. It is rice with roasted pork with pickled cabbage, which I only knew from the Khao Soi soup in Chiang Mai. The meat was very tender and the whole dish was delicious.
8. Banh Canh Cua
Another noodle soup from the Vietnamese cuisine. The noodles in this soup are sticky, soft and need to be sipped from the chopsticks. Otherwise they will probably fall back into the soup. Translated, the name Banh Canh Cua means something like “sticky, thick noodle with crab”.
In addition to the noodles, the soup is enriched with thin strips of pork, shrimp, and crab meat. Lime and spring onions are served to spice up the soup. However, the soup is a little thicker. A very popular dish in Vietnam.
9. Banh Cuon Nong
These are delicious steamed and rolled rice pancakes. The filling consists of meat and some rice noodles. A little salad and pate/sausage from the pork are served, too.
It looks very delicious and that’s exactly how it tastes like. We can definitely recommend you to try this once during your Vietnam trip. If you are very hungry, we would recommend this as a starter and not as a main course.
10. Com Thit Kho Tieu
Com Thit Kho Tieu is often described on the menu as rice with pork and pepper. It tastes similar to the popular Com Tam breakfast dish. The meat is usually very tender and fried in a kind of pepper sauce. The rice is not broken like the Com Tam, but apart from that, this dish is not too different.
Of course there is a lot more choice when it comes to food in Vietnam and the kitchen has countless other local specialties, depending on the corner of the country. The next time we visit Vietnam we will definitely try new dishes. The Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse and it will never get boring.