1. Phở (beef pho)
There are no more words to talk about Phở that is popular all around the world. It’s the featured Vietnamese dish, after all. In Vietnam, lots of bowls of phở are sold daily, it gets the attention of normal people even to the burgeoning middle class. Phở reflects the most Vietnamese all inside one.
2. Bánh mì (Vietnamese banh mi)
From the French colony period, bánh mì is the most popular that still remains until now. Millions of Banh Mi are baked every day, and for millions of people, a bánh mì sandwich is the best kind of breakfast, but it is always available so you can eat any time. They’re cheap and tasty – a productive begin for one day.
3. Cơm tấm (broken rice with grilled pork chop)
Known as ‘broken rice’, it’s the rice that farmers often used to keep for themselves or sold it for cheap when Vietnam’s economy struggled. Today, you are able to find a cơm tấm stall on every street in this country. With millions, it is always the ultimate meal than any others – a meal has enough various nutritions.
4. Bún bò Huế (Hue spicy beef noodles soup)
Huế is known as the ancient capital of Vietnam along with the way its local dishes achieve a wonderful balance of flavours – spicy, umami and salty – and Bún bò Huế is the best symbol. The broth is made by simmering beef bones with lemongrass and fermented fish sauce. The dish is eaten with beef, pork, thick noodles and too many herbs and vegetables for more flavours depending on each person’s taste. Chilli is put in as well for a spicy taste because the residents here love their food spicy.
5. Bún chả (Vermicelli noodles serve with grilled pork meat)
Hanoi food is a variety of types and flavours, and Bún chả is one of those that cannot miss out. The main ingredients are rice vermicelli, grilled pork, fish sauce and all the herbs you could ever want. At first, it seems quite simple, however, there is a surprise!
6. Mì quảng (Quang style noodles)
It is difficult to refuse a bowl of mì quảng with anyone. For always, it’s the perfect Vietnamese meal – noodles, pork, rice crackers, peanuts, and turmeric broth. This speciality of Quảng Nam Provinces in central Vietnam still gets the right appreciation for many periods, on important occasions. Pho is absolutely more famous, but we think mì quảng deserves much more appreciation.
7. Cao lầu (Cao Lau dried noodles)
Its appearance like mì quảng, it can be a dry dish and a liquid one as well. This amazing combination brings to the perfect results from Hoi An. In truth, the only original way to eat this signature dish is to have noodles that were cooked in water from a secret well near the town, also made with stone-ground rice flour and ash from firewood. Will you try this if having a chance to Hoi An.
8. Bò kho
Besides, This one is also a good choice for any meal of the day. It consists of beef, but you can consume it with any meat, or even tofu. The meat is simmered on a low heat in fish sauce, sugar and either water or coconut water, with carrots, onions and coriander to make it perfect. The regular way to eat this dish is by ripping off chunks of bánh mì – or French bread – to dip in the liquid.
9. Bánh xèo (sizzling crepes/pancake)
Foreign travellers usually call them “the Vietnamese pancakes”. Many people misunderstand that bánh xèo is made with eggs because of its distinctive yellow colour, but that is the colour turmeric. It’s actually made with a batter of rice flour. Enjoy along with the greens and bean sprouts, you may not want to pause.
10. Bún mắm (fermented fish vermicelli soup)
A different list of ingredients for this dish depends on each food stall. It’s a hodgepodge of whatever was served at the local market or any street all day long, but the main ingredients are still the same: rice vermicelli, fish paste, seafood, pork and some combination of greens and sprouts. This one is heartier than phở, so why don’t we give it a try!
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