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

Bun Mang Ga or Noodle Soup with Bamboo Shoots

Bun Mang Ga

Chicken Noodle Soup with Bamboo Shoots

A Vietnamese noodle soup with a bit of funk. Dried bamboo shoots are used to add flavour and a soft tender texture. The most popular versions are chicken and duck, but you can also find interesting takes on this popular northern dish.

Bun Thang or Vietnamese combo soup with chicken, pork, and egg.

Bun Thang

Combo Soup

A combo of pork, chicken, egg, and whatever else is floating around the fridge. This light, slightly sweet broth is soaked up with vermicelli noodles and a variety of vegetables. Traditionaly, it's eaten during Tet, but don't worry, nowadays a tasty bowl can be found all year round.

Canh Chua or Tamarind Broth Soup

Canh Chua

Tamarind Broth Soup

A popular dish in the Mekong Delta, this sweet and sour broth soup is made with tamarind and usually comes with pineapple, elephant ear stalk, bean sprouts, tomato, okra, and fish from the Mekong River. When accompanied with rice, it makes a great meal. Check out the dish's profile to see popular variations of canh chua.

Canh Ga Chien or Fried Chicken Wings

Canh Ga Chien

Fried Chicken Wings

Chopped up chicken wings are fried in oil until crispy. Garlic, ginger, and/or shallots are sometimes used in a marinade, or served sprinkled on top. These crunchy wings are often served with nuoc mam, a Vietnamese spicy sweet fish sauce dip.

Com Chien or Fried Rice

Com Chien

Fried Rice

You've probably had many versions of fried rice, but Vietnam's version has something that you just can't get in the western world -- freshness. Vietnam is one of the top five largest producers of rice in the world. The quality of rice here is top-notch.

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.

Mien Ga or Chicken Glass Noodle Soup

Mien Ga

Chicken Glass Noodle Soup

If you're looking for chicken noodle soup in Vietnam, miến gà is a great option. The noodles are a cellophane or glass noodle type made from the starch of canna, a flowering plant. The soup's broth is chicken based, and thick, juicy hunks of chicken breast come floating in it.

Pho Bo or Beef Noodle Soup


Vietnamese Noodle Soup

If you're new to Vietnamese food it's probably best to start here. This is Vietnam's most widely recognized dish. Noodles in an incredibly flavourful broth with chicken or beef.

Xoi Man or Salty Sticky Rice topped with meats


Sticky Rice

A very popular breakfast, lunch, or snack in Vietnam. Sticky rice is steamed and topped with a variety of savoury or sweet toppings. During lunch, schools will empty and students will head to their nearest xoi street food stall to fill up on this cheap but tasty concoction.