Meals Excursions & Culinary Experiences
Vietnam tourism has grown in popularity significantly in recent years. And why not? Haunted landscapes, jeweled waters, the romance of a pastoral life and impressive architecture – Vietnam is a paradise for those who are stricken with wanderlust.
Vietnam tourism has grown in popularity significantly in recent years. And why not? Haunted landscapes, jeweled waters, the romance of a pastoral life and impressive architecture – Vietnam is a paradise for those who are stricken with wanderlust. But if you would think about it Vietnam visits They are worthy only for their natural beauty or cultural heritage and would do the country a disservice. Because Vietnam tourism is incomplete without trying the food of Vietnam!
Vietnam tourism: what you need to know about food
Vietnamese cuisine, one of the healthiest in the world, is all about freshness, and many chefs shop for ingredients twice a day. The real appeal lies in the balance of flavors and, according to Forbes, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon is one of the 10 best places in the world for street food.
A vegetable market in Hanoi
Every region has a dish that they do particularly well.
Despite strong historical and geographical influences, the cuisine is unique in Vietnam. It would be a shame to miss out on local delicacies that add a bit more to your Vietnam experience.
Vietnam Tourism: What to Eat in the North
China has certainly left its mark on the north – the love for noodle soups and stir-fries comes from the Chinese. If your not particularly fond of spicy food, you will love the food in Hanoi! Pepper is the only spice that northerners indulge in.
There is no way to be in Vietnam and avoid pho, which is often referred to as “Vietnam’s national dish”.
The aroma of freshly cooked Pho (Noodle soup) blows from almost every busy street in Hanoi. Every morning hundreds of people sit on plastic chairs in front of restaurants on the side of the road and sip their soup cups.
Try pho – a simple broth made with rice noodles, beef (popular in the north), or chicken and fresh herbs.
Try delicious grilled pork for lunch, served with vermicelli rice and called Bun cha. Just follow the intoxicating aroma to the smoky grill of any street shop and you will find patrons outside restaurants sipping this dish hungry. It’s quite a favorite in Hanoi!
A street restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Tip: You should probably avoid dog meat or even cats, both of which are very popular in the north.
Vietnam Tourism: The best of the central districts
The people of Central Vietnam love the spicier cuisine. In Hue, the food is elaborately cooked and the dishes are very colorful. The main course is served with many sides, like an imperial banquet – a hangover from earlier imperial days.
Try that potatocake, a filled crepe made from rice flour, cooked with turmeric and a perfectly fried pan.
You can find delicious Banh Khoai all over Hue, but we recommend the ubiquitous street carts for some authentic flavors.
If the lantern-lit beauty of the streets of Hoi An doesn’t take your breath away, the cao lầu, which is a specialty here, sure does!
skyscraper is made only with water from the thousand year old well of Ba Le. This dish is an incredible mix of many different cuisines – the thick noodles are reminiscent of the Japanese udon and the wonton crackers are typical of the Chinese; But it’s the herbs and the broth that make this dish unique in Vietnam!
Tip: Try preparing a local delicacy at one of Hoi An’s many cooking schools. Click here to read more and book a cooking class.
Vietnam Tourism: What to eat in the south
Ho Chi Minh City in the south offers delicious cuisine that is very different from any other region. French colonization has left its mark on Ho Chi Minh City, and you will find beautiful boulevards and cafes on every corner. The loaf – Similar to a filled baguette, it’s an obvious remnant from the colonial era.
The pork bánh mì sandwich is very popular in Saigon.
The pancakes is a great way to keep hunger pangs at bay as you drift through Saigon’s floating markets. These are pancakes fried with a pile of things and wrapped in lettuce and herbs.
In the warm, tropical south, people prefer their food sweeter.
The Mekong Delta is the second largest rice producer in the world, often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of Vietnam,” and it is no surprise that Southerners prefer rice noodles. Seafood is very popular here thanks to the extensive coastline, as are tropical fruits.
In the Mekong Delta is the Sour soupwhich literally means “sour soup” is very popular. Made from fresh fish from the Delta in a tamarind-flavored broth, it’s like an explosion of flavors in your mouth, of course!
If fish sauce is inevitable in Vietnam, why not try the best there is?
To attempt Phu Quoc, made from anchovies near the Cambodian border and you won’t be disappointed!
Do you want to experience the best of Vietnam? See our sample travel routes here.