In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with food so naturally, I was in foodie heaven while traveling around this country. With so many professional chefs like Anthony Bourdain and even the President of the US, Barack Obama try out popular signature dishes in Vietnam, here is my take of the what to eat in Vietnam.
Gôi Cuon or Vietnamese spring rolls is considered as a delicacy in Vietnam. The best part about it is that it is sold in almost all restaurants and street food stall. Unlike the usual spring roll which is deep fried, Vietnamese rolls are light and are made out of fresh ingredients. Made from rice paper, noodles, some sort of meat (shrimp) or pork then topped with heaps of fresh herbs. They normally serve this with a sweet soy sauce topped with roasted peanuts and chili. Delicious!
Bun Cha Hanoi
Every time I head to Vietnam to visit one of my best friends who lives there, the first thing I ask her to do is to take me to a restaurant that serves Bun Cha Hanoi. Essentially, this dish is grilled meat served over noodles served with a sweet but tangy broth that you pour over the noodles. Eaten with loads of herbs and other greens, this dish is delicious and is considered a must try when in the country. As you can guess by the name, this dish originated in Hanoi but there are also different versions of it available in different parts of the country.
Undoubtedly, Pho is one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. Unlike the commercialized versions that you usually have to season with heaps of Sriracha and soy sauce, the broth in Vietnam is usually very rich and full of flavor. While it is difficult to choose where to eat amongst the plenty stalls, a great tip that we’ve learned based on our years of traveling Asia is to always go to the places that are full of locals.