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14 Dishes you must try in Vietnam

Updated: Jan 16

Vietnamese cuisine varies significantly from the northern, central, and southern regions of the country, influenced by climate, geography, history, and cultural differences. Here are some key distinctions in the food from each region:

Northern Vietnam:

1.Pho Bac (Northern-style Pho):

Pho in the north tends to have a clearer and slightly sweeter broth. It typically features wider rice noodles and is served with fewer garnishes, such as bean sprouts and herbs.

2. Bun Cha

A popular dish in Hanoi, Bun Cha consists of grilled pork patties and slices of pork belly served with vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs, and a dipping sauce.

3. Cha Ca La Vong:

This dish from Hanoi features grilled fish, usually catfish, marinated in turmeric and served with herbs, rice vermicelli, and a dipping sauce.

4. Banh Mi Hanoi:

Northern-style banh mi often includes pâté and a variety of cold cuts. The bread may be shorter and crunchier compared to the southern version.

5. Xoi Xeo:

Sticky rice is a staple in the north, and Xoi Xeo is a dish where sticky rice is mixed with mung bean paste and topped with fried onions and shallots.

Central Vietnam:

6. Bun Bo Hue:

Hailing from the former imperial capital, Hue, this spicy beef noodle soup is known for its lemongrass-infused broth and distinct flavors.

7. Cao Lau:

This specialty of Hoi An features thick rice noodles, slices of pork, herbs, and croutons, all topped with a flavorful broth. The unique aspect is the water used for the noodles, sourced from specific wells in Hoi An.

8. Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Banh Loc:

These are different varieties of small, steamed rice cakes topped with various ingredients such as shrimp, pork, and herbs.

Banh Beo

Banh Nam

Banh Loc

9. Nem Lui:

Lemongrass skewers of grilled minced pork, often served with rice paper, herbs, and a dipping sauce.

10. Mi Quang:

A noodle dish featuring turmeric-infused broth, rice noodles, and various proteins such as shrimp, pork, and quail eggs. It's topped with peanuts and herbs.

Southern Vietnam:

11. Pho Nam (Southern-style Pho):

Pho in the south tends to have a sweeter and more heavily spiced broth. It often comes with a wider range of garnishes, including lime, bean sprouts, basil, and chilies.

12.Com tam (Broken Rice):

A popular dish in the south, com tam features broken rice served with grilled pork, various accompaniments, and a fish sauce-based dressing.

13.Hu Tieu:

A noodle soup that may include a variety of proteins such as pork, shrimp, and quail eggs. It's known for its clear and flavorful broth.

14. Goi Cuon (Fresh Spring Rolls):

Southern spring rolls often contain a mix of herbs, rice vermicelli, shrimp, and pork, wrapped in rice paper and served with a peanut dipping sauce.

These regional differences in Vietnamese cuisine contribute to the country's culinary diversity, offering a wide range of flavors, textures, and ingredients for locals and tourists to enjoy!

Uploading this post, our mouth is watering already. We believe that among these dishses, you will find your love for more than one!

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