One of the things I loved about Vietnam was the delicious, affordable cuisine. All the food we ate was fresh, fragrant and full of flavour. Below are some of the traditional foods we tried throughout this beautiful country. What’s your favourite Vietnamese food?
You’ve probably heard of this delicious noodle soup, filled with aromatic broth, rice noodles, herbs and either chicken or beef. I love that you have the option to flavour it to your own taste, using soy sauce, chilli sauce, herbs and lime. I tried some Pho when I came back to Australia and sadly it was nowhere near as yummy as the ones we had in Vietnam.
Bun Cha, Ha Noi style
Although I had never heard of Bun Cha before, surprisingly it was one of my favourite meals that we tried throughout the whole of Vietnam. We ate at a little hole in the wall style eatery, sitting on small plastic chairs. To share between us, plates of rice noodles and herbs, and a bowl of chili and garlic were placed on the table, followed by individual bowls. These contained flavoursome pork patties, papaya pieces and a broth/dipping sauce. It’s hard to describe the flavor but I remember it being a mixture of sweet and savoury, and one of the most delicious dishes I have ever tried.
Vietnams equivalent to Subway, which were introduced by the French. These delicious baguettes are filled with a mix of flavours such as meat, vegetables and sauces. Banh Mi is a great meal or snack, especially if you are drunk or hungover. You can sometimes find these mouth-watering rolls for as little as 20 cents! (Sorry about the bad quality photo.)
Rice paper rolls
We ate a lot of super delicious and fresh rice paper rolls while we were in Vietnam, and the best part about it was that most of the time we made them ourselves! We were given a big spread of rice paper and fillings so we could make them just the way we liked. We used fillings such as rice noodles, fish/chicken/beef, cucumber, lettuce, egg, etc… But you can really use anything you want! Don’t forget a dipping sauce to make them extra tasty.
Banh xeo (crispy pancakes)
Delicious crispy pancakes typically made from rice flour, water, pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. When first poured into the pan, these pancakes sizzle before crisping up and being folded in half, served with sauce and salad.
In case you don’t know what spring rolls are, they are usually meat or veggie filled rolls of pastry dipped in sauce, which are a great accompaniment to any meal!
Thin rice flour sheets filled with minced pork and mushroom, and garnished with fried shallots. These were yummy and kind of reminded me of dumplings, however the texture of the rice flour sheets was quite different.
From dragon fruit to jackfruit, Vietnam grows a lot of fresh and interesting fruits; many I had never seen or heard of before. One of everyone’s favourites were the fresh coconuts you could have cut right in front of you.
Yes, you read that right. Although it took me a whiel to gain the courage to try one, these were actually quite crunchy and delicious (if covered in chilli sauce)!