Top Vietnamese food you need to try

If you are a food lover and you have a chance to visit Vietnam, you should try at least one time all the following dishes. The below lists are the top 10 Vietnamese traditional food that you need to try by

Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon or Vietnamese pork and shrimp rolls with hoisin dipping sauce are one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes. This dish is usually ordered as an appetizer in Vietnamese restaurants stateside. It is comprised of tightly wrapped rice paper bundles filled with pork, shrimp, vermicelli noodles, herbs, and greens

Banh Mi

Banh Mi is one of the most popular Vietnamese foods all over the world which consists of a French-style baguette which can be filled with a variety of fillings and condiments

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo or Vietnamese pancakes is a popular traditional food which contains shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and egg, which is then fried, wrapped in rice paper with greens and dunked in a spicy sauce before eaten.

Bun Cha

Bun Cha or grilled pork balls with vermicelli recipe is one of the oldest favorites of North Vietnam cuisine. Essentially a small hamburger, the pork patties are barbecued on an open charcoal brazier and served on a bed of cold rice noodles with assorted foliage and a slightly sweetish sauce. Bun Cha usually served with many types of herbs and specific dipping sauce.


Pho is the No 1 street food in Vietnam and most recognizable Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam. The basic bowl of pho consists of a light beef or chicken broth flavored with ginger and coriander, to which are added broad, flat rice noodles, spring onions, and slivers of chicken, pork or beef.

Cao Lau

Cao Lau is a regional Vietnamese dish made with noodles, pork, and local greens, that is found only in the town of Hoi An, in the Quang Nam Province of central Vietnam which comprise of the signature Cao Lau noodles, slices of barbecue pork, pork crackling, bean sprouts, lettuce, and herbs, it is then finished with a spoonful of stock

Cha Ca

Cha Ca is a famous dish of the capital city of Vietnam, Ha Noi which made from turmeric marinated fish. It’s served with tons of fresh dill, other herbs, crush peanuts, and rice noodles.

Mi Quang

Like Cao Lau, Mi Quang is also one of the must try dishes in Vietnam. Ingredients vary by an establishment but expect to see a simple bowl of meat noodles enlivened by additions like flavorsome oils, fresh sprigs of leaves, shrimp, peanuts, mint and quail eggs.

Nom Hoa Chuoi

Nom Hoa Chuoi or banana-flower salad is a great meat-free option. Lime and chili is the key flavors and adds a refreshing punch to the shredded veg.

Com Tam

Com Tam or Broken rice is a street-stand favorite and also a Vietnamese dish made from rice with fractured rice grains. Recipes vary, but you’ll often find it served with barbecued pork or beef and a fried egg. The rice and meat are served with various greens and pickled vegetables, along with a prawn paste cake, and grilled prawns.

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