Top 5 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam and Where to Find Them

  • Vietnam is best known for its top five dishes: pho, ban xeo, goi cuon, bun bo nam bo and banh bot chien
  • Most of Vietnamese cuisine come with the best local condiment—fish sauce.
  • Popular staple dishes of the country range from soup to fried rice to spring rolls.

Vietnamese cuisine is best known for its variance, aroma, sourness, and fish-sauciness. To better understand the flavors of Vietnam, here are some of their top staple foods:

  1. Pho
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Pho, pronounced as “fuh,” is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat popular in the Vietnamese local diet. Try it at Pho Tin, 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi.

  • Banh xeo
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A good banh xeo is a crispy crepe consisting of pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, plus the garnish of fresh herbs. Cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves and dunk it in the special sauce mixed up for you. Try it at Banh Xeo, 46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Goi cuon
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These translucent spring rolls are packed with salad greens, meat or seafood and a layer of coriander, before being neatly rolled and dunked in Vietnam’s favorite condiment — fish sauce. Try it at Quan An Ngon, 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

  • Bun bo nam bo
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This bowl of noodles comes sans broth, keeping the ingredients from becoming sodden and the various textures intact. The tender slices of beef mingle with crunchy peanuts and bean sprouts, and are flavored with fresh herbs, crisp dried shallots, and a splash of fish sauce and fiery chili pepper. Try it at 67 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

  • Banh bot chien
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Also known as Vietnamese fried rice flour cake, this dish is made up of chunks of rice flour dough are fried in a large wok until crispy and then an egg is broken into the mix. Once cooked, it’s served with slices of papaya and green onions, until it is added with pickled chili sauce and rice vinegar. Night-time food vendors sell this at the corners of Pham Ngu Lao and Cong Quynh, District 1, HCMC


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