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Savor the Flavor: 6 Must-Try Dishes of Vietnam

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Exploring the country’s culinary delights is a must-do. In this gourmet guide, we present the most popular dishes in the country.

Savor the Flavor: 6 Must-Try Dishes of Vietnam

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, exploring the country’s culinary delights is a must-do. Vietnamese cuisine is known for its delicious and healthy dishes, which are made using a variety of herbs and spices, giving them unique and exquisite flavors. In this gourmet guide, we present the most popular dishes in the country.

Phở, the national dish

Phở is a beef or chicken soup that can be consumed throughout the day, from breakfast to dinner. It is originally from the Nam Định region, near the Red River, and is made with a broth of star anise, ginger, cinnamon, grilled onions, cardamom, and cloves. The aroma from the hot and steaming bowl of Phở whets the appetite, and the dish is served with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef, topped with coriander leaves.

Bún chả

Made from rice vermicelli and grilled marinated pork. The pork meatballs are served with slices of pork belly cooked over charcoal, coriander or Thai basil, and a side of salad. The dish is typically eaten with chopsticks, and the pieces of meat are dipped in a fish sauce called nuoc-mâm, revealing the flavors of the marinade in the mouth.

Bánh mì

A Vietnamese sandwich made with French baguette, filled with slices of beef, grilled chicken, or Vietnamese sausage, fresh cucumber, grated carrots, coriander, and soy sauce. It can be found everywhere, from the streets of Hanoi, to the temple precincts or lakesides, and is perfect for a quick and delicious snack.

Chả cá, a fried fish dish that is popular in Hanoi.

It is made by seasoning the fish with spices and herbs, such as turmeric and nuoc-mâm, and then frying it. The fish pieces are arranged on a bed of dill and chives and served with rice noodles or cakes and roasted peanuts.


a glutinous rice that is typically served as a sweet or savory dish. Xôi lá dứa is a sweet version that is made by steaming the rice with pandan leaves, which give it a green hue, and topped with coconut shavings and sesame seeds. The savory version, which is brown in color, is typically served with pâté, salad, and dried pork.

Banh Xèo

A festive sweet rice cake that is made using rice, which is the most cultivated crop in Vietnam. The cake is usually served during special occasions and celebrations and is typically made with coconut milk, sugar, and rice flour.
In conclusion, Vietnamese cuisine offers a diverse range of dishes that are healthy, delicious, and full of unique flavors. So, if you are visiting Vietnam, be sure to explore the culinary delights that the country has to offer!

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