After months and months of planning, you’ve finally arrived in stunning Vietnam. Majority of people usually land in one of the two biggest cities – either Hanoi or Saigon. Once you set your foot on the streets, it’s relatively easy that your senses will be overwhelmed by the things going on around you. Literally, your eyes, ears, and tongue will be busy almost every second of your stay in Vietnam.
Many things will initially shock you as you probably didn’t have a chance to experience it anywhere else in the world. Few of these things are chaotic traffic that seems to work somehow, a strong sense of culture, drinking culture and diverse, but delicious food!
Yes, Vietnam has it all! Today, we’re going to give you the list of street food dishes you simply shouldn’t miss while you’re in Vietnam. Please, do yourself a favor and check street food as this is where locals eat which means the food is amazing and very cheap.
It’s very easy to get yourself lost in so many different names and thousands of different dishes, but don’t worry, we will help you with that!
#1 Banh Mi
During the colonial era, Vietnam was a French colony and even today, you can see French influence around Vietnam when it comes to architecture and definitely food. Banh Mi is one of the most popular Vietnamese street food, and that’s one of the dishes you simply can’t miss since everyone knows how to prepare one.
Banh Mi is literally a baguette bread, but what makes it special are the ingredients inside. This delicious sandwich differs from place to place, but the usual practice is to put herbs and vegetables like coriander, tomatoes, cucumber, chili peppers and fresh meat like chicken liver pate, pork or beef and ultra delicious sauce that just adds up the magic.
Banh Mi is one of the cheapest street food in Vietnam and you can get a delicious snack for around 10,000VND (around 50 cents).
Insider tip: If you want some special things in your Banh Mi like eggs, cheese, sausage, just kindly ask people and they will make a special sandwich for you. Also, don’t forget to try this famous sandwich in Hue! Hands down to the best Banh Mi in Vietnam!
#2 Pho or Noodles Soup
There is a huge possibility that you’ve heard or even tried a bowl of Pho outside Vietnam since that dish is so popular around the world! It’s easy to say that soup is an iconic Vietnamese dish and also, there is no way that you will miss that dish while in Vietnam.
Local people usually eat a bowl of Pho in the morning or after hard drinking as the soup is usually hot and it’s a good way to start your day. This soup is especially popular in North Vietnam during the winter since the temperatures reach low points and eating Pho is an amazing way to keep yourself warm!
The soup is a rhapsody of spices and tastes. The most important aspect of this iconic dish is the broth and locals know their broth! The soup is a mixture of herbs, vegetables, noodles and the serving usually comes with chili and lime as the side to add to your soup.
Insider Tip: One of the best Pho’s you can eat can be found in the capital. Hanoians are the best at preparing their Pho. Also, always try the broth first before adding lime and chili.
#3 Bun Cha
Bun Cha is a popular dish among locals, but not many tourists try it. The interesting fact is that when a foreigner tries this dish, they usually fall in love with the mixture of tastes.
Bun Cha is the soup that is served with noodles, pork balls, vegetables, herbs and spices and of course, a delicious sauce to dip your pork in. It’s an amazing dish as you just get the broth at the beginning and everything served on separate plates, so it’s up to you how you’ll make your soup. That’s one of the most awesome dishes we tried since you’re totally flexible and have a freedom to make your own Bun Cha.
Bun Cha is usually served with papaya, onions, garlic, chili, cabbage, mint, noodles and spicy pork balls. It’s definitely a dish worth trying while in Vietnam, but be careful to check the places where locals eat Bun Cha as it’s hard to find a good Bun Cha. Almost everyone can prepare a bowl of this soup for you, but we suggest you only to look to eat Bun Cha that is made by people who’re specialized in that dish!
#4 Banh Cuon
This dish is very popular as a morning or breakfast food among locals in northern Vietnam. Although you can find this dish everywhere in Vietnam, the tastes and ingredients are different from province to province.
Banh Cuon is made from fermented rice batter and it’s usually filled with minced pork and topped with caramelized onions for extra taste. If you thought that all Vietnamese food is complex and full of ingredients, then you’re probably surprised that these are all ingredients in Banh Cuon.
What makes this dish special is the herbs and sauces that come with it. Banh Cuon goes well with dipping in fish sauce and chili. Such a great way to start your day off right. And yeah, don’t forget to drink a tea after this dish for better digestion.
#5 Goi Cuon or Spring Rolls
Goi Cuon is the last dish on our list of the must-try Vietnamese street food. This dish is so diverse in ingredients as in many occasions you will get the ingredients and eating paper to make your rolls
Usually, Goi Cuon is made from different vegetables, spices, fruits and combined with pork or beef. It goes well while dipping in soy or fish sauce, but you can also try with shrimp sauce. Vietnamese people usually make their rolls with coriander, shrimps, mint, minced beef or pork, pineapple, start fruit or even banana. It’s such an amazing dish to try since you have a freedom to make your own roll and experiment with different combinations of tastes.
Have you ever been to Vietnam and tried street food? What’s your favourite Vietnamese street food so far? Let us know inn the comments below.