Viet-nom-nom-nom! Our Vietnamese food guide

16 November 2015

Viet-nom-nom-nom! Our Vietnamese food guide

When travelling through Vietnam there is no escaping the stimulation overload. As you walk through the local market and pass by small sidewalk street cafes, all senses are engaged. Sight- the colours and textures, sound- the local ladies calling out what they are selling and smell- the most delicious aromas waft your way.

Vietnamese street food is overwhelmingly delicious and the best part is that as you travel through the country, each area has their own specialty - never leaving you bored and certainly never hungry!

Starting in the North, on the streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, don't go past trying Banh Cuon. Made from perfectly seasoned ground pork and minced mushroom and shallot, this is a light but very tasty dish.

Another favourite from Hanoi, influenced by the French is Pho Bo (beef noodle soup). Rice noodles are covered with superbly brewed beef soup topped with fresh herbs and bean sprouts - Pho Bo is not only a favourite in Hanoi, but all over the country.

Moving now to Central Vietnam, the town of Hoi An may be small but it has a very big appetite. There are two main specialties of Hoi An, Hoành Thánh Chiên (deep fried wonton) and Banh Bao Vac (white rose dumplings).

The deep fried wonton is a crisp cracker topped with a fresh salsa of vegetables and sweet and sour shrimp. Complete with herbs this specially makes for a delightful snack.

White Rose dumplings are made of rice paper and a dollop of meat filling (generally shrimp) which are then wrapped to form the shape of a rose. Steamed and accompanied by a sweet dipping sauce this is a plate you won't want to share!

Once you arrive in the South you can't go past a street vendor and not try the famous Saigon Bahn Mi. A crunchy on the outside, white and fluffy on the inside bread roll is filled with seasoned meat, salad and herbs. One bite into this Vietnamese sandwich and you won’t want anything else for lunch.

Vietnam is the perfect place to literally eat your way around the country. As you travel from North to the South you will notice not only a difference in the areas, the people and the culture, but you will also notice a difference in the food. With so much variety you will never get bored from eating... we promise!

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