You won’t need to travel far to find these tasty, French-inspired sarnies. Stalls sell them on almost every street corner, whether you’re in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phu Quoc. This is a baguette-style sandwich, which is full to the brim with greens, paté, pork, sweet chilli sauce, and a freshly fried egg. They cost around £1.50 and fill you up until dinner. Bargain.
This is without a doubt Vietnam’s staple dish: translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and meats like pork, shrimp or crab. They’re usually served with a bowl of lettuce and mint, too. A southern take on this dish includes barbecued strips of pork, wrapped up with green banana and starfruit – and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce. Are you drooling yet?
Vietnamese noodle soup is the best soup you’ll ever sip on – we promise. Pho is a dish that’s eaten at any time of the day – and it makes for a great breakfast, FYI. This basic bowl of noodles consists of a beef or chicken broth, flavoured with ginger and coriander, accompanied by flat rice noodles, spring onions and slivers of chicken, pork or beef. Yummy.
Cơm tấm means ‘broken rice’ in Vietnamese. In this dish, you’ll find stir-fried rice, along with barbecued pork or chicken, a fried egg and spring onions soaked in aromatic oils. The tasty meal costs around £2.00, and you’ll find it at most local Vietnamese cafés and restaurants.
Who knew a plate of water-spinach could be so satisfyingly delicious? You absolutely have to try this mouth-watering dish. It’s ideal for the mornings and it fills you up right until lunchtime. Spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam, as the tropical climate makes perfect growing conditions for it. It’s usually served hot, with cabbage and broccoli stalks, with lashings of palm oil, and comes with a small bowl of chilli flakes on the side.
If we’ve tempted you with our list of favourite dishes, why not check out the best places to visit in Vietnam, too?
Ready to try some Vietnamese food in the country itself?
Find out everything you need to know about Vietnam on our website.
Author: Olivia Hunt
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