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

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.

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.

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.

Ech Nuong or Grilled Frog

Ech Nuong

Grilled Frog

Frog is a popular bar food in Vietnam. Sometimes it will come already grilled, but some restaurants will bring you a clay pot grill filled with hot coals, so you can do the cooking yourself. It's a fun and sociable activity. Of course, the frog tastes like chicken.

Vietnamese cured pork sausage or nem chua

Nem Chua

Vietnamese Cured Pork Sausage

A lean, well grinded sample of pork is mixed with some spices and sugar, then left to ferment for a couple days. The result is a very sweet and sour tasting pork that goes well with cold beer.

Nem lui Hue, a specialty of Hue - grilled meat with lemongrass

Nem Lui

Lemongrass Skewers

Sometimes pork, sometimes pork and beef, is seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, fish sauce, and I'm sure some secret ingredients, then wrapped around a stalk of lemongrass and grilled to perfection.

So Huyet or Blood Cockles

So Huyet

Blood Cockles

A type of clam that is enjoyed by many Vietnamese beer drinkers. They can be steamed, boiled, or fried up in a variety of spices and flavours. Pop one open and scoop out the meat then dip it in the lime and pepper mix.

Suon Non Kho Tieu or Braised Pork Ribs with Pepper

Suon Non Kho Tieu

Braised Pork Ribs with Pepper

Often cooked in coconut water for a touch of sweetness.