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

Banh Canh or Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup

Banh Canh

Thick Noodle Soup

The noodles in this soup are made from tapioca flour, or sometimes a combination of tapioca and rice flour. The ingredients in the soup can vary, but the thick glutinous noodles are what make this soup different from any of the other Vietnamese soups.

Banh Tam Bi or

Banh Tam Bi

Pork and Coconut Cream Noodles

A combination of thick tapioca noodles, fresh herbs and vegetables, strings of pork skin, lean pork meat, and a generous dressing of coconut cream.

Vietnamese beer stir-fry - bun bo nam bo or bun bo xao

Bun Bo Xao

Vietnamese Beef Stir-fry

With tastes of lemongrass, garlic, and chili, this noodle salad is very flavourful and addictive.

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 Cha Gio or Noodles and Pork Sausage Spring Rolls

Bun Cha Gio

Noodles and Pork Sausage Spring Rolls

A noodle salad with vegetables and pork sausage spring rolls. The spring rolls are fried in oil and provide a crisp texture that goes great with the freshness of the noodles and greens. Sometimes vaious types of chả are included.

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.

Bun Xao Chay or Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Bun Xao Chay

Vegetarian Fried Noodles

Stirfried noodles with vegetables. Often a spring roll or a mini version of banh xeo is included.

Bun xao Singapore, or Singapore style noodles - the Vietnamese way.

Bun Xao Singapore

Singapore Style Stir-Fried Noodles

This stir-fry is one of my favourites in Vietnam. It usually contains shrimp, Chinese sausage, mushrooms, and a mix of veggie, plus vermicelli rice noodles and a ton of flavor. Unlike the Chinese-style of Singapore noodles, it contains no curry.

Mi Quang or Quang Style Noodles

Mi Quang

Quang Style Noodles

Quảng Nam province is probably best known for its turmeric infused noodles. The protein in this dish varies but it's almost always served with sesame rice crackers which provide a brilliant crunch.