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Flavours of Vietnam

Located in Southeast Asia Vietnam is a hub for its Buddhist temples, beaches, natural beauty spots, culture and food.

The mouth-watering food Vietnam has to offer will be the focus of this article. Vietnamese cuisine makes use of fresh ingredients such as vegetables, herbs and spices with these combined to make unique flavours tantalising your taste buds. Like Thailand, Vietnam has an abundance of street vendors, selling anything form meat skewers to soups.

Let’s begin! Here are our picks for the best dishes to try when in Vietnam:

At the time of writing we have travelled to the two major cities in Vietnam, the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City previously known as Saigon.

1. Pho – Did you even go to Vietnam if you didn’t try this?

Ingredients: Pho is a noodle soup dish made up from beef stock, noodles a mix of fresh vegetables and herbs topped with a choice of meat usually beef but chicken is also available. Full of flavour this is one of the Roamadic teams’ favourites.

Where can I try this? Available all over Vietnam, from street vendors and restaurants. We recommend trying it from a busy street vendor for the authentic Vietnamese feel.

Price: 34,000 Dong This is equal to approximately £1.20 or $1.50

Roamadic rating: 4.2 out of 5

2. Morning Glory – Served with almost all rice and noodle dishes.

Ingredients: Morning glory is a type of leafy green vegetable that the locals have been adding to almost all of their dishes. Often stir fried in either soy sauce, oyster sauce or fish sauce it makes a great accompaniment for any rice or noodle dish.

Where can I try this? Available all of Vietnam, added to most dishes you will probably try it without realising. We suggest ordering it as a side from a busy street vendor.

Price: 18,000 Dong This is equal to £0.63 or $0.77

Roamadic rating: 4.8 out of 5

3. Banh Mi – The best baguette

Ingredients: A Banh Mi is a French-Vietnamese sandwich, it is loved and eaten by locals and tourists alike, whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just as a snack. Although the sandwich is fully customizable a traditional Banh Mi sandwich consists of a baguette with a mix of vegetables such as lettuce, carrot, cucumber, chillis, coriander and sauerkraut, in addition to a selection of meats from pork floss to chicken.

Where can I try this? Available all over Vietnam from street food vendors, restaurants and cafes. Once you try it, we guarantee you will have one all the time.

Price: 30,000 Dong This is equal to £1.02 or $1.29.

Roamadic rating: 5.0 out of 5.

4. Gỏi cuốn – Spring rolls – Fresh and full of flavour.

Ingredients: Gỏi cuốn is a spring roll usually made with rice paper, often eaten as snack or appetiser. The roll traditionally consists of a type of meat or fish such as shrimp or pork and vegetables wrapped in a rice paper roll. It is commonly served with a peanut sauce, our favourite when travelling Vietnam was the shrimp roll.

Where can I try this? Available from street vendors and restaurants we recommend trying it at a busy night market stall, as a snack whilst shopping.

Price: 30,000 Dong This is equal to £1.02 or $1.29.

Roamadic rating: 4.0 out of 5.

5. Banh xeo – Stuffed Rice Pancake – I bet you didn’t know pancakes are popular in Vietnam

Ingredients: Banh xeo is a stuffed rice pancake, that is made up of a selection of meat or fish and vegetables all combined as a filling for the pancake. To make the pancake rice flour is combined with water (sometimes coconut milk) and turmeric to make the batter, it is then fried.

Where can I try this? Available from street food vendors, cafes and restaurants we recommend trying it at a busy local café for lunch or as a snack.

Price: 34,000 Dong This is equal to approximately £1.20 or $1.50

Roamadic rating: 3.9 out of 5.

Hope you enjoyed reading the top 5 foods to try in Vietnam, if you want to know about more foods to try leave a comment and an up vote and we’ll be sure to make another article.

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