Food is surely one of the most important factors when looking for Vietnam tour packages for many people. Vietnam offers an amazing array of local cuisine, from the spicy to the mild, from the diverse to the exotic. While there are many famous dishes from all over the country, here are six delicious Vietnamese dishes you must try when coming here!
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Delicious Vietnamese Western Foods for Visitors
When it comes to Pho, the most famous Vietnamese dish in the world is so famously delicious that it doesn’t need any introduction. These days, whenever there is a gathering of Westerners in Vietnam, Pho is on the menu. Pho (pronounced as “fuh”) is a Vietnamese noodle soup with linguine-shaped rice noodles, broth, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken. The soup is often served with condiments such as fresh basil, lime wedges, bean sprouts, peppers, and other vegetables.
Pho is a popular breakfast food here; besides, it is amazingly affordable, and it’s a must-try if you visit Vietnam. With its popularity, this dish is now not just a popular street food in Vietnam but also a specialty of Vietnamese restaurants worldwide. A big bowl of Pho only costs you $2.
Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with Vietnamese bread and various fillings. It is packed full of meat, vegetables, and herbs. The bread is similar to the French baguette, but it is rounder and a little fluffier. The baguette is sliced in half and then piled with ham, cilantro, Vietnamese coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots, and chili sauce. However, you can fill your Banh Mi with whatever meat and vegetables you like since the fillings can vary according to the region.
It is popular with locals and tourists alike. People are willing to wait in extremely long lines for the mouthwatering taste of it. You can find Banh Mi on street corners, food stalls, restaurants, and any corner of this country. Also, it is cheap street food, which you can get for $0.50 – $2 depending on the area and the quality.
Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish that originated in Hanoi. It is also a traditional Vietnamese dish that Western tourists like to try when visiting Vietnam. It is a dish of thick broth with a mixture of pork, noodles, and green vegetables. The dish is served and eaten at any time of the day, even for breakfast. It is one of the best dishes in Vietnam and is recognized for its unique taste, freshness, and affordability.
Bun Cha is usually served with fresh vegetables and herbs, which makes it extremely delicious. For the herbs, it is dependent on the region of Vietnam in which you are, but mostly it is basil, bean sprouts, and lettuce. If you visit Hanoi, you must try this dish to get the best taste of Vietnamese food.
It’s a mistake not to mention Banh Xeo in the list of must-try dishes in Vietnam tour packages. Banh xeo is a kind of pancake that looks like Chinese crepes, Chinese lumpia, and Indian papad and is a portion of very popular street food in Vietnam. The pancakes consist of a thin rice-flour crepe made from a batter of ground rice and water and cooked with a filling of pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, although the ingredients vary by region. The recipe is quite simple, but the preparation is time-consuming.
The crepe is served with a sweet and savory sauce, variously flavored with fish sauce and shrimp sauce, among others. It is extremely popular street food and is also served in restaurants throughout Vietnam and abroad. Banh Xeo is a very cheap dish, especially for Vietnamese food. It is sold for about 1 dollar per order. The price can vary from $0.50 to $2, depending on the size of the dish and the ingredients.
Banh Cuon is a traditional Vietnamese dish with fresh rice noodle sheets wrapped around a filling and then pan-fried. It is a type of savory Vietnamese pancake or can be described as a jelly roll. The filling usually consists of ground pork, onions, and mushrooms, and it’s usually eaten with a fish dipping sauce, chili, and lime.
Banh Cuon is popular street food and breakfast item in Vietnam. The dish is available almost everywhere in Vietnam and is about USD 0.5-1 per piece. It is very cheap and unbelievably delicious.
Bia Hoi is an ice-cold beer named after a famous Hanoi beer brand, ‘Bia Hoi’, literally meaning ‘fresh beer’. Even though it’s brewed industrially, it’s considered a craft beer because it’s made by small-scale, independent brewers. Bia Hoi is brewed daily, fresh, and served at establishments, be it a café, a bar, or a restaurant. Bia Hoi is meant to be enjoyed among friends as part of the Vietnamese drinking culture.
In Vietnam, it is a custom to drink lots of Bia Hoi and eat a lot of street food. Although many people would say it’s not good for your health, it has become a Vietnamese culture. Western tourists love Bia Hoi, at first sight, especially those in their twenties. If you want to experience the local drinking culture in Vietnam tour packages, Bia Hoi is the hut where you should go. This beverage is the cheapest beer in the world, only about 0.4-0.5$ for a glass, which is just enough to make you tipsy but not too much to make you drunk.
Vietnamese food is always diverse in its ingredients and methods of food preparation, and recently, it has been developed, modernized, and tailored for the tastes of Western tourists. Hope this article helps you discover something new about the deliciousness of this country. Please let us know if you have any questions or want to learn more about Vietnam tour packages!
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