Traveling to Vietnam, alongside many beautiful landscapes, visitors are captivated by a huge load of delicious dishes, which make this country became a food paradise. In other words, one of the elements that make traveler love Vietnam is its excellent cuisine.
Being well-known for a great many tourist attractions steeped in history, Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam, earns a remarkable reputation as a hub of original Vietnamese cuisine. Hanoi’s cuisine expresses clearly its wondrous culture which is a harmonious combination of tradition, modernity and elegance.
In Hanoi, you would fall in love with many specialties, from Pho Ga (chicken pho/noodle), Pho Bo (beef pho) with its nice flavored broth; Bun Cha – grilled pork served with a slightly sweetish sauce, to Bun Dau Mam Tom – Fermented shrimp paste with fried tofu and rice vermicelli, Cha Ca La Vong – fish pan-fried with turmeric and dill, Banh Cuon Thanh Tri – steamed rice rolls, Xoi Xeo – sticky rice, Chao Suon – pork rice porridge, are also must try dishes for whom traveling in Vietnam.
To mention about snacks, Hanoi absolutely gains a nice mark for a lot of specialties from its surrounding provinces, such as O Mai, Sau, Com, Mut Hat Sen, which all form the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.
For Hue, its cuisine is usually described as spicy but delicious. Generally speaking, Hue’s food has a very spicy taste with plenty of flavors, which could burn you out by its hotness, but then might encourage you to eat more. Bun Bo is the most famous dish – made from noodle, beef, and sliced pork legs served with beef and shrimp sauce flavored broth. Hue cuisine is also noted for many kinds of cakes (banh) including Banh Bot Loc, Banh Nam, Banh Beo, etc. If vegetarians travel to Hue, they would love this place because of its delicious vegan dishes – a nice part of Vietnamese cuisine.
Hoi An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, which has an excellent reputed cuisine – already mentioned in many traveling articles around the world. Pleasant savory and spicy taste mainly symbolize Hoi An cuisine. And colorful and elegant platting also makes it become more famous in Vietnamese cuisine.
Traveling across Vietnam, visitors could enjoy the most delicious baguette (or known as Banh Mi in Vietnamese) of the world. Crunchy and crispy outside but soft and moist inside, it offer a lot of filling you can choose to stuff, with its own special sauce. This famous Banh Mi has long been taken part of many Vietnamese dishes in worldwide cuisine.
If you are planning to visit Hoi An, you shouldn’t miss out other delicious specialties such as My Quang, Cao Lau, Com Ga and many street food like Banh Dap, Banh Vac, Banh Bao and Che.
Central Coast Vietnam
Tourists coming to Vietnam not only become fascinated by those beautiful places, but also love its delicious foods, especially cuisine of the Central region. This coastal stretch of the country seems like such a wonderful paradise of fresh and non-expensive seafood, with a large number of preparation ways.
Some dishes can be mentioned in this sunny-windy central coast of Vietnam, including Ca Loi Xoi Mo in Phan Thiet, Den Bien in Quang Binh, dried fish in Da Nang, etc. And simply, it comes to hot pot served on a fishing boat, which is very attractive and rustic of Vietnamese cuisine.
Featuring a combination of Western and Eastern culture, embedded into its old and modern highlights, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City stands out with its awesome cuisine. Saigon food is divided into different areas – luxury or non-luxury. It wouldn’t be enough to enjoy all of Saigon food just in one day.
With its dynamic, colorful cuisine, Saigon is a realistic paradise for food-a-holics. The biggest name on the food list is Com Tam – rice served with a large sliced of BBQ pork, and sliced pickled carrot and fish sauce.
You might also get astray because of other street foods such as pha lau, seafood, hu tieu, smoothie; they are very cheap and tasty. In general, Saigon cuisine combines many dishes of Vietnamese cuisine and the world. But in this city, they become more special, very unique, very Saigon by its people’s characteristics.
The Western region of Vietnam
The West Vietnam is known as a paradise of fresh fruits with vast gardens of many kinds of fruits. There are huge of tropical fruits such as dragon fruit, rambutan, tangerine, coconut, etc. Every season in the western region highlights a specific type of fruits, so you shouldn’t miss them all.
Along with its well-known fruits, there are many specialties that characterize the rivers. As setting foot in the western region, visitors would enjoy a heap of delicious dishes, such as grilled fish, Lau Mam Can Tho, An Giang grapefruit salad with dried fish, Ben Tre worn, nem nuong Cai Rang-Can Tho, mam cong Tieng Giang, etc.
From the elegant Hanoi cuisine, royal Hue food, rustic central and western dishes to various Saigon specialties, they are all together forming a unique Vietnamese cuisine.
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