Vietnam is a paradise of local street foods with a variety of unique flavours and specialties. Without doubt a Vietnam Holiday is not completed without sampling its traditional delicacies. This is our recommendation to list of top 10 local street foods you MUST try in Vietnam.
Banh My – bread
Banh mi is one of the greatest examples of fusion food done extremely well, all stuffed into a handheld crusty baguette from luncheon meats to grilled pork patties, Vietnamese sausage, pâté, always complemented with Vietnamese pickles, cilantro, cucumbers and finally a bit of spicy peppers and chili sauce. It’s an absolute gem of a sandwich and worth to enjoy for your holiday in Vietnam
Pho – Chicken Noodle/ Beef Noodle
Yes, a Vietnam Tour is not completed without trying Pho as it’s Vietnam’s most famous dish worldwide. There are two basic type of Pho: Chicken noodle and Beef Noodle. Locals consider the dish to be a breakfast staple, however you can often find it at all times of the day. Its ingredients consists of shaved pieces of beef or chicken, rice noodles, steaming broth, a handful of herbs constitute this simple but savory dish.
Bun Cha – grilled pork
Can’t disagree Bun Cha is one of the best local street food in the Southeast Asia. It’s served with grilled pork, vermicelli, vegetable, fresh herbs, fish sauce and chopped spring rolls. Learn more: Bun Cha where Obama dines with Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi
Banh Cuon – Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls is often made with ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom and onions. It’s served with fish sauce mixed with cha lua (pork devon). Worth to try ! Super cheap and healthy
Mi Quang noodles
This is another popular Central Vietnamese noodles dish that including chicken, beef, pork or shrimp and flat white noodle with tinted yellow by the addition of turmeric
Cao Lau noodles – Pork on Thick Noodles
Hoi An is not only Vietnam’s most beautiful city, but also famous with local streets food such as: Cao lau – considered as a tasty specialty in Hoi ancient town. The dish includes rice noodles, thinly sliced pork, fresh lettuce and herbs, bean sprouts and crispy rice paper, deep-fried..which become a perfect blend of crunchy, crispy, and slightly chewy.
Com Tam – Broken rice noodle
This is a traditional street food snack from Saigon – Southern Vietnam which made from fractured rice grains that served with grilled pork over the rice, with pickled cucumbers, carot, an egg, fish sauce and a small bowl with broth.
Bun Thit Nuong
The dish normally begins with a handful of chopped up herbs, lettuce, fresh rice vermicelli noodles, a few skewers of grilled pork are layered on that, plus a sweet and salty fish sauce mix with a scoop of oily chives and green onions and pickles
Banh xeo are deep fried savoury pancakes, the pancake is made from rice flour batter, shrimp, sliced or ground pork, bean sprouts. And of course, a little of turmeric powder is used to add flavor and make the cake more attractive with yellow color. It can be used by wrapping it in salad and other Vietnamese vegetables and herbs
Goi Cuon – Fresh spring roll
Goi cuon are made with rice paper, that’s slightly moistened, use rice paper to wrap with a mixture of rice vermicelli noodles, pieces of pork, shrimp, continue to stuffed with leaves and herbs. Finally it’s served with a nutty hoisin dipping sauce and accompanied by freshly ground chili.
Vietnamese cuisine is brilliant for local street food and you may also see: top 10 local street food you must try in Hanoi