A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Banh Bong Lan or Sponge Cake

Banh Bong Lan

Sponge Cake

Introduced by the French, bánh bông lan is now a popular dessert or snack that can be found in most Vietnamese bakeries. There are many Vietnamese varieties that will surprise you (and probably won't sound too tasty), have a look at the profile and see which ones sound the most delicious to you.

Bun Ca Loc or Snakehead Fish Soup

Bun Ca Loc

Snakehead Fish Soup

Vermicelli noodles in a light broth with crispy fried slices of snakehead fish. Don't be scared away by the type of fish - it's delicious.

Sinh To Bo or Avocado Shake

Sinh To Bo

Avocado Shake

A delicious and nutritious shake that will cool you down and surprise you with it's tastiness.

Bo Nau Tieu Xanh or Green Pepper Cooked Beef

Bo Nau Tieu Xanh

Green Pepper Cooked Beef

Green pepper seeds are heavily used to cook tender cuts of beef.

Banh Mi Op La or Vietnamese Egg Sandwich

Banh Mi Op La

Vietnamese Egg Sandwich

For a quick breakfast, stop at a banh mi stand and pick up one of these sandwiches. The bread is fresh and crusty, the egg is fried up on the spot, and the rest of banh mi's fillings come together perfectly.

Com tam ga nuong or Grilled chicken and broken rice

Com Tam Ga Nuong

Grilled Chicken and Broken Rice

A common lunch in Vietnam, chicken, usually a leg, is grilled up and served over broken rice with some vegetables.

Bun Cha Ha Noi or Hanoi Style Grilled Pork and Noodles

Bun Cha

Hanoi Style Grilled Pork and Noodles

Vermicelli rice noodles are served with chargrilled pork meatballs and thick slices of bacon. Accompanied by a sweet broth and a variety of herbs. One of the most popular dishes in Hanoi.

Bun Ca or Vietnamese fish noodle soup

Bun Ca

Vietnamese Fish Noodle Soup

Fish is very popular in Vietnam. Depending what area you are in, you'll find fish soup with snakehead fish, mackerel, catfish, and many more varieties. In the north, the broth tends to be tangier. A dill taste is usually present. It's a very fresh tasting dish.

Bun Rieu Cua or Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup

Bun Rieu Cua

Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup

Freshwater crabs and tomatoes make up this soup's broth, then rice vermicelli noodles, pork, and tofu soak up the flavours.

Com Tam Suon Nuong or Grilled Pork Chop and Broken Rice

Com Tam Suon Nuong

Grilled Pork Chop and Broken Rice

A quick and cheap lunch in Vietnam. A marinated pork chop is grilled over coals and served on top of broken rice.

Bun Bo Hue or Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup

Bun Bo Hue

Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup

A beef soup that's spicier than pho, has a lemongrass infused broth, and uses thicker, round rice noodles. It usually contains slices of beef shank, and sometimes chunks of pig's feet, congealed pork blood, and cha lua (Vietnamese pork loaf).

banh can cha ca - Vietnamese fish cake soup

Banh Canh Cha Ca

Fish Cake Soup

A light clear broth with slices of fish cake and tapioca flour noodles. Bánh, which means cake, actually refers to the thick noodles, not the fish cake.

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Che Bach Qua or Ginkgo sweet soup


Vietnamese Sweet Soup

Chè isn't your typical dessert. It's can be made with beans, fruit, jelly, rice, tubers, grains, or a variety of other ingredients. The liquid is sweet and refreshing. Sometimes it's served with coconut cream.

Bo Ne Trung or Beef Steak and Eggs

Bo Ne Trung

Steak and Eggs

Beef steak served on a sizzling platter alongside an egg and a fresh baguette.

Bun Thit Nuong or Grilled Pork and Vermicelli

Bun Thit Nuong

Grilled Pork and Vermicelli

Vermicelli rice noodles with grilled pork, a spring roll, and various greens. Served with nuoc cham.

Banh Cuon or Pork and Mushroom Stuffed Rice Rolls

Banh Cuon

Pork and Mushroom Stuffed Rice Rolls

Steamed rice noodle is rolled up with wood mushrooms and ground pork. Served with a sweet sauce and herbs.

Banh Cam or Orange Cake

Banh Cam

Orange Cake

A fried doughnut type pastry filled with sweet mung bean. It's called orange cake because of its resemblance not taste (there is no orange in it).

Banh Chuoi Chien or Deep Fried Banana

Banh Chuoi Chien

Deep Fried Banana

One of my favourite desserts period. Deep fried bananas are crispy, gooey, and oh so good.

Ba Roi Nuong Rieng Me or Grilled Bacon with Galangal

Ba Roi Nuong

Grilled Pork Belly

Chunks of pork belly are marinated with herbs and spices then grilled over an open flame. This salty meat can be eaten with a side of rice, or as an appetizer along with some cold beers and cheerful friends.

Hu Tieu Nam Vang or Phnom Penh Noodle Soup

Hu Tieu Nam Vang

Phnom Penh Noodle Soup

A hearty noodle soup filled with a variety of protein -- pork, beef, seafood, etc.

Hu Tieu Nam Vang or Phnom Penh Noodle Soup

Banh Tet

Sticky Rice Cake

Sticky rice is filled with mung bean and pork fat then wrapped in a banana leaf and boiled for hours. A Tet holiday favourite.