When being questioned, many international tourists relate Vietnamese food to Pho, fish sauce, steamed rice, square cake. However, to talk about Vietnamese cuisine, it seems never enough. Vietnam has plenty of dishes coming from 63 provinces and cities along the country to win the heart of both domestic and international connoisseurs in food. Until now, Vietnam food is also regarded as one of the healthiest cuisines all over the world. As people usually say, "Vietnamese food is not only food, it is Vietnamese culture". Coming to Vietnam, visitors will have a chance to see how sophisticate and unique it is. Vietnamese food is a harmonious combination of five basic spices: spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter creating its distinctive flavor. Also, it makes a huge impact on diners with 5 senses: food arrangement, appealing food arrangement appealing to eyes, sounds coming from crisp ingredients, five spices lingering on the tongue, aromatic ingredients from herbs attracting the nose and some food merely being perceived by touching.
Spring roll is one of the most popular dishes of Vietnamese cuisine that can be found at any destination throughout the country. In Vietnamese, it is called “Nem Ran” by people in the north and “Cha Gio” by southerners. This mouth-watering dish is complicated with plenty of ingredients and takes much time to prepare and cook, but it is not difficult to make at home.
Although culinary art in Asian countries have long been globally admired for numerous delicious and elaborately-ornamented dishes, Vietnamese cuisine still win the heart of numerous food-aholics (food lovers) nationally and internationally due to its fresh ingredients, refreshing taste and exquisite decoration.
In addition to common features shared around the whole country, food in each region carries its own distinctive and unique characteristics representing the geographical location, living condition of inhabitants there.
Com (young sticky rice) is specialty of Vong village, Hanoi and often enjoyed when autumn comes.
Quang Noodle (Mi Quang in Vietnamese) is a very popular traditional dish originated from Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam. This nationally recognized food item is now appreciated as one of the top dishes travelers should never miss when in Hoi An.
Pho (Noodle soup) is a traditional Vietnamese dish that is considered one of the typical for Vietnamese cuisine. From north to south, Pho is preferred by both local people and foreign tourists that it is very easy and convenient to find a Pho restaurant and sample a bowl of hot and spicy noodles. However, to taste and feel the most quintessential and original flavor of Pho, all will lead to Hanoi Pho, the noticeable feature of Hanoi cuisine culture and the pride of Hanoians.
Cao Lau is a familiar dish that any travel guide will mention when tourists search about the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Hoi An Ancient Town. This famous traditional dish is not just a typical staple of this region which is delicious and mouth-watering, but also the pride of Hoi An people about the quintessential culinary culture that captivates diners coming to this charming land.
Hu Tieu was introduced to the South of Vietnam as an age-old Chinese noodle soup from the 17th century and then became a popular dish to local inhabitants in My Tho - Tien Giang since the 1960s. At that time, Hu Tieu restaurants and eateries sprung like a mushroom in the area spreading from My Tho to Go Cong as well as the districts of Cai Be and Cai Lay. Over time, the name of Hu Tieu My Tho became a famous specialty of Tien Giang province, known by many tourists.
Bun Bo Nam Bo is a very mouth-watering vermicelli noodle dish served with stir-fried marinated beef, shortly known as stir-fried beef noodles. This popular food item has been introduced well from north to south Vietnam and is best well known in the capital Hanoi.
Bun Cha (Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli) is a very common dish that is thought to be originated from Hanoi. Bun Cha can be easily found in Vietnam’s busy capital city from elegant restaurants to simple street vendors in narrow streets. Along with Pho, Bun Cha also stands for Hanoi’s stunning cuisine culture which is the perfect combination of rice products, meat, veggie, spices, and local special dipping sauce.
As an authentic delicacy, Cha Ca (Grilled Fish with Dill and Turmeric) is one of the most renowned specialties that you must eat in Hanoi. Different from other common street food, Cha Ca is a gift from water whose main ingredient is fresh fish. Originated from Hanoi, the heart of Red River Delta, second biggest granary in Vietnam, Cha Ca is also a combination of fish with rice product and other side dishes. There is even a street in Old Quarter named after this dish, which proves its popularity here.