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Vietnamese Cuisine: 11 Vietnamese Food that Will Satisfy Your Cravings

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor August 29th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Restaurant and Recipes, Travel Blog No comments

Craving for some Vietnamese food? We all know that Vietnam has some of the world’s most delicious and mouth-watering food. And in this article, we will explore some of those.

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Considering low-cost expenses, travelers always seek for the best place that won’t break their bank. And Southeast Asia is the most suitable destination to explore. Among the 11 countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is an option that might make you interested. Vietnam not only has a low cost of living expenses, but this country also has a variety of interesting sites and culinary destinations to explore.

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Each region in Vietnam has its own special dish with a hereditary recipe that is ready to arouse your taste. Here we offer a list of 11 typical Vietnamese food that you should try while visiting this country.

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1. Pho

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Of course, the most popular Vietnamese dish which is Pho. This dish is so famous all over Vietnam. Tourists won’t have a hard time looking for it.

Pho is a dish made from rice noodles and served in a bowl with broth, bean sprouts, orange leaves, and sliced meat as a topping. The meat used in this dish is quite diverse, it can be chicken, beef, or pork. So Muslim tourists should be careful when you want to taste Pho. It is better you ask the seller to be surer.

2. Banh Mi

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Banh Mi might be proof of the French existence in Vietnam in the past. Baguettes are used as main ingredients of Banh Mi, that’s why. The bread is filled with meat or chicken, pickled carrots and turnips. This sandwich-shaped dish has a savory and spicy taste as well because sometimes a whole chili is added to the filling.

You can easily find Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City. This dish is sold from the very corner street to a classy restaurant. Banh Mi is best served as a breakfast menu.

3. Banh Khot

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Banh Khot is a pancake dish made from flour and vegetables that are combined with shrimp on a dough. The dough was formed almost like a bowl. This dish has a savory taste, a blend of authentic Vietnamese spices.

This menu is quite popular to be eaten as a snack to prop up your hunger. Banh Khot is usually enjoyed along with fresh vegetables and spicy fish sauce. You can find this menu at almost every food stall in Vietnam.

4. Banh Xeo

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Like Banh Khot, Banh Xeo is also a variation of pancakes or crepes from Vietnam, but it has a larger size. Banh Xeo is made from a mixture of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric and then it is filled with sauteed meat, shrimp, and bean sprouts. This dish has a savory and crispy taste.

Banh Xeo is best enjoyed while warm.

5. Banh Cuon

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One of the best Vietnamese cuisines is Banh Cuon. Banh Cuon or steamed rice cake made from ground rice dough, then it pressed until very thin layers formed and filled with minced meat and vegetables. These ingredients are then steamed and served with fried onions, cucumber slices, lettuce leaves, shrimp tempura, or fried green beans, according to your taste.

These savory-flavored dishes are often used as an appetizer before savoring heavier meals. The way to enjoy Banh Cuon is to dip it in soy sauce mixed with chili.

6. Goi Cuon

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Goi Cuon at a glance somewhat similar to Banh Cuon. But these two dishes are different. Goi Cuon or Vietnam Rolls are salad rolls filled with sliced meat or shrimp and then it is boiled or steamed. These foods are usually enjoyed while warm together with peanut sauce.

This dish is the nation’s favorite foods and you can find it easily in street food stalls to classy restaurants.

7. Ca Kho To

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Ca Kho To or caramel fish is a dish made from fish that is boiled with sugar and abundant Vietnam’s spices until it has a soft texture. This meat is cooked in a clay pot container. The use of clay pots here aims to hold the heat from the meat to make it more durable.

This dish is a classic menu that has existed since ancient times and the recipe has been passed down for generations.

8. Com Tam

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Com Tam also known as broken rice is the next Vietnamese dish you should try. It’s named as broken rice because the basic ingredients of this dish are wrecked rice and it is cooked until becomes rice.

Com Tam rice has a dense and soft texture. Com Tam is eaten along with side dishes which are usually made from pieces of meat and vegetables. This dish is also one of the tourist favorite menus.

9. Chao

Porridge types are very diverse and each place has its own unique recipe. As in Vietnam, porridge or Chao in each region in the country has unique and different recipes and presentations as well. But in general, Chao is made from very soft rice and is served along with sliced chicken, fish, offal, or even fried breadcrumbs, according to your taste.

Chao is usually also topped with fried onions, black pepper powder, bean sprouts, and lime leaves. This dish is best enjoyed while warm.

10. Bo Luc Lac

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For meat lovers out there, Bo Luc Lac should be added to the list of your “must-have to try” dish! This food is a sauteed meat that is seasoned with special Vietnamese spice and is cooked slowly to produce meat that has a soft texture. Bo Luc Lac is served on top of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and is enjoyed with rice or chips, lime, and pepper sauce.

Although using strong spices, but this food can still be suited in western tastes. It proved by the many western tourists who love this Bo Luc Lac.

11. Bo La Lot

Do you want to taste other variations of processed beef? Then you shouldn’t skip this dish, Bo La Lot.

Bo La Lot is a dish consisting of minced beef which seasoned with strong spices, and sugar which are then rolled up in fresh betel leaves. The dough is then grilled on hot coals and served with rice paper and fresh vegetables. To enjoy this dish, you have to dip it in a Bo La Lot sauce.

Are you interested to try those Vietnamese food above? But keep in mind, especially for Muslim tourists, that you should be careful before ordering the menu that you want to eat because the majority of Vietnamese foods are made from pork. So you have to be cautious! Now, get ready to have a blast in Vietnam.

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