Quick Vietnamese Food Guide: 27 Delish Dishes to Try! (2022)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you noticed how much I love Vietnam. There is so much about this country to love and enjoy. Food is one of those things I miss and try to find in many cities outside Vietnam. I created this Vietnamese food guide for everyone who wants to get acquainted with Vietnamese food culture and cuisine.

It will help you understand what to order at a Vietnamese restaurant when in Vietnam or anywhere else outside the country. Vietnamese food is incredibly popular all over the world. So if you are living in a city with plenty of Vietnamese restaurants and would love to learn what to order next time, this post will answer your questions. Pho is not the only dish to try.

By the way, I didn’t include pho on this list on purpose. Why? Because I feel that’s the only dish everyone knows about. Vietnamese cuisine includes way more than just pho.

While living in Vietnam, I spent three full months tasting various foods from different food vendors, cafes, and Vietnamese restaurants. I talked to the locals and asked dozens of questions. Ordering from the menu sometimes was tricky since I didn’t understand the language and didn’t know what my meal was going to look like.

So, after trying hundreds of different Vietnamese dishes and drinks and after reading a dozen of books about food travel in Vietnam, I was able to make a list of the most popular dishes that are also incredibly delicious! And I invite you to check out this Vietnamese restaurant food guide for your next trip to Vietnam or a nearby restaurant in your hometown. Next time you’ll know what to order!

But Before I jump to the section about the food, take a look at a few facts about Vietnam’s food culture.

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Quick Vietnam Food Facts

1. Vietnamese cuisine includes cuisines originating from the three diverse regions of Vietnam: northern, southern, and central.

The cuisine of northern Vietnam is more traditional, with the famous Vietnamese Pho soup. The cuisine of southern Vietnam developed under the influence of immigrants from China and French colonialists. That’s why dishes have a sweet taste and a wider variety of herbs. Central Vietnamese cuisine offers a variety of small appetizers served with the main course.

Well, the basis of all Vietnamese dishes, of course, is rice. It almost always comes with any dish instead of bread.

2. Almost everywhere and always in any cafe or restaurant when ordering food you will also get cold green tea for free. The next most popular drink after tea in Vietnam is coffee.

Coffee in Vietnam is strong, tasty, and cheap. However, you can hardly order cappuccino or espresso because Vietnamese coffee usually comes with ice and condensed milk.

The third place in the ranking of Vietnamese drinks goes to cane juice. Locals drink it a lot with ice and lime or just as it is. It is a natural and fresh product prepared in front of you. In any restaurant, you can order cane juice or fruit juice.

3. Sauces and spices. In any Vietnamese restaurant, you will find fish sauce (with a very specific strong smell), chili sauce, black and red peppers (very hot), ketchup, plum sweet and sour sauce, tamarind sauce, and, of course, soy sauce. Salads are not common in Vietnam but a slice of tomato and cucumber will usually be present in main courses.

4. Vietnamese people eat every part of the pork, except for the hair. They eat liver, heart, kidneys, lungs, ears, nose, tongue, hooves, etc. They even invented one famous soup (which I put on this list) made with the lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines.

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5. Vietnamese cuisine has dozens of types of noodles, including instant ones. People cook them in different ways and eat at least once a day. Overall, with a variety of noodles, Vietnam is second after Japan.

6. One of the interesting and authentic Vietnamese traditions is adding broths to rice bowls. In other Asian countries, people usually eat rice as a side dish with something else. In Vietnam, there will be always a small bowl of broth which you put over rice.

7. Sweet soups are a real feature of Vietnam. Variations of the word Chè on the menu always mean the “sweetness” of the soup. Be sure to try the taro soup, glutinous rice soup, or tapioca soup.

8. Vietnamese eat about 70 types of herbs. Greens are an essential part of every meal in this country. Some dishes will not be considered complete if they come without aromatic herbs. The most popular herbs in Vietnam are lemongrass, coriander, apricot leaves, mint, and Thai basil and you can expect to find them in your dishes pretty much in all places around Vietnam.

9. Most Vietnamese dishes consist of four main ingredients: fish sauce, rice vinegar, salt, and sugar. Pepper is not popular here despite the fact that Vietnam is one of the world’s largest producers.

10. One of the most frightening dishes for foreign visitors is blood soup made from pork blood, the blood of ducks, goats, and even (rarely) dogs. Despite its disgusting composition, locals say the soup is extremely beneficial in the fight against colds and a number of viral diseases.

Vietnamese Food Guide – What to Order At the Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Mì Quảng

Mì Quảng is a most popular Vietnamese noodle dish that people eat almost on any occasion across Vietnam (both as street food and in cafes) and you can find it on the Vietnamese restaurant menu in many cities around the world.

Rice noodles are served with meat, fish, shrimp, or tofu, garnished with peanuts, broth, and herbs. Depending on the cook, this dish can come with more sauce and look like soup. You can order it hot or mild. In Vietnam, people like to eat it at any time of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

2. Vằn Thắn Mỳ as a Vietnamese Restaurant Food

Originally from China, but very popular in Vietnam.Vằn Thắn Mỳ is a soup, made of a broth with rice or egg noodles, shrimp or meat dumplings, pork, herbs, lime, and fried bread. You can choose your own variation and omit the meat if you are vegetarian.

Add sauce, chili paste, or marinated garlic to enhance the flavor. Usually, this is dinner food but some vendors sell it during the early afternoon too.

Many Vietnamese restaurants in America and Europe have this dish on the menu. If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine but look to taste popular yet authentic Vietnamese food, an alternative to pho, try Vằn Thắn Mỳ soup.

3. Bánh Căn

This meal is protein overload that will give you energy for the entire day. It is not necessarily a breakfast food, you can have it any time during the day as a snack or full-size meal.

Bánh Căn is basically a dish that looks like biscuits. People make them using quail eggs, rice powder, and fry without any oil in a special frying mold. Depending on the place this dishcan be cooked using only eggs and rice flour or mixed with shrimp and pork.

Incredibly scrumptiousBánh Căncomes together with dipping bullion made out of ginger, lemon, fish sauce, onion, chives, and oil. Would you like to add more protein? Then order a side portion of Vietnamese pork or chicken sausage. Also, add a little bit of hot red chili paste to spice it up, and enjoy!

4. Bánh Ướt Lòng Gà

Here is not so famous Vietnamese food which is common in the mountainous Dalat city. There is still a chance to find it on the menus in many restaurants.

I have never thought that a cold chicken and noodle dish can be so delicious. Yes, Bánh Ướt Lòng Gàis served cold. Usually, it is an evening meal, made of thick rice noodles with fresh onions, herbs, sprouts, chicken, and red and black pepper.

Depending on a cook, Bánh Ướt Lòng Gàcan be slightly different. Some places add a bit of a broth or greens. Not everyone enjoys eating cold dinner, but give this one a try at least once.

5. Mì Trộn Tóp Mỡ

Simple, quick, delicious, and cheap food to try in Vietnam. So, basically, it is a dry noodle served with any type of meat, egg, and cooked veggies. Sometimes a side soup can come together with noodles. Lunch or dinner food. Yummy! You can have it as a snack or a meal. Depends on how many sides you choose.

6. Bún Riêu

This soupis so good that, if you are in Vietnam, you’ll want to eat it every time you pass a cart that sells this food.

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Bún Riêuis made with tomato broth, crab cakes, fried tofu, of course, noodles, banana flower, and mint. Every street food stall or restaurant that makes it will serve Bún Riêuwith loads of greens, herbs, marinated papaya, tangy lime, and water spinach. It seems that sweet, sour, and savory flavors are combined in just one bowl of this heavenly delicious, and healthy meal.

7. Bánh Tráng Nướng

Is anyone for pizza tonight? Surprisingly to us, Vietnamese pizza tastes very delicious. There are a lot of different toppings but all of them always have an egg as a base.

Bánh Tráng Nướngis a large, round, flat rice cracker covered with egg, scallions and butter, and toppings of your choice. Vietnamese people don’t eat cheese, so this pizza won’t have any of it but it still tastes incredible! Can be also vegetarian.

8. Bánh Nậm

How to describe what isBánh Nậm? These are thick and thin rice cakes with peanuts, seasoning, scallions, and tomato paste. Not my favorite but was good to try for the experience. Take a look at the picture to get an idea of what those are. Two different dipping sauces come on the side.

This dish is probably not very common in Vietnamese restaurants outside Vietnam, but try to ask, it’s very quick and easy to make.

9. Bánh cuốn

Steamed rice rolls in English orBánh cuốnin Vietnamese. These are not your typical spring rolls and they don’t even taste anything like spring rolls. This traditional food comes from Northern Vietnam, but I found it as street food in Saigon, Nha Trang, and Dalat. Keep in mind this is a breakfast food and there is not much chance to have it for dinner.

I would say that Bánh cuốn is a version of healthy Vietnamese food. It comes with different fillings and rice crepe is very soft compared to a more chewy one in a spring roll.

There are rolls with cooked ground pork, minced wood ear mushrooms, and shallots. If you are vegetarian, you can get rolls with mushrooms and veggies only. My Vietnamese colleague in the school where I thought English mentioned that people in Vietnam use these mushrooms in medicine to help prevent various diseases.

All of them have sides such as Vietnamese pork sausage (the one on the picture), bean sprouts, mint or cucumber as well as fish sauce for dipping which complements the flavor of spring rolls.

10. Bún Dậu Thập Cẩm

Bún Dậu Thập Cẩmis a banana leaf platter that consists of rice vermicelli, tofu, pork, rice nuggets, cucumbers, lattice, and herbs. The secret is in the fermented shrimp dipping paste with lemon and chili pepper. If you are vegetarian, ask to serve it with extra veggies and corn fritters.

11. Bánh Canh Ca

Banh Can Ca is another famous Vietnamese soup that comes with noodles but noodles in this dish are usually made with tapioca flour (or a mixture of tapioca and rice flour). They are usually chewy, served with boiled pork, liver, veggies, and herbs. Add soy sauce to enhance the flavor and enjoy!

It is a great alternative to pho.

12. Bot Chien

Bot Chien is a Vietnamese rice cake with egg. Usually, it is sold as street food, is very cheap (costs between $1-$1.50), and suitable for vegetarians.

If you look at the picture below you’ll see brown pieces of something that look more like fried fat. In reality that’s a cut rice cake. This dish usually comes with greens or marinated papaya and soy sauce on the side.

I thought it tasted just like omelette. That’s why if you feel like having a western type of breakfast, Bot Chien is the right choice. Also, in many places, you can find this food for dinner.

13. Bánh mì

Anywhere you go in Vietnam you’ll be findingBánh mì,or in other words sandwich. Saigon, one of the world’s best cities for street food, is home to Banh mi, so there, you can find it around each corner.

I am personally not a fan of bread, but these sandwiches are so good that it’s difficult to resist.

They come with eggs, different types of meat, crab meat, shrimp, veggies, and various sauces. You can choose whatever you want. Depending on the place Bánh mìcan cost as little as 40 cents.

14. Bánh xèo

This dish is a savory fried pancake in Vietnamese style made with rice flour, water, and turmeric powder. It can also remind an omelette, but has nothing to do with it. The filling of Bánh xèowill always meet your preferences, meaning it will be either vegetarian or with some meat or shrimp.

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15. Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ

Cơm Gà Xối Mỡis crispy grilled chicken with yellow fried rice. This dish comes together with fermented cabbage, fresh cucumber and lettuce salad, and hot kale chard soup.

Some vendors sell this meal strictly for breakfast while others only for dinner. I could find it any time during the day in big cities and small towns. Cơm Gà Xối Mỡis very popular as Vietnamese restaurant food and as street food. You won’t miss it!

16. Chao Tim

Thick rice porridge with pork, soft and spongy liver, chewy pigs’ ears, and intestines. A lot of people prefer this dish for breakfast, but you can find it at any time during the day.

At first, it may look weird, but tastes really good and is very nutritious. Even though Chao Tim is considered to be food for the poor, it is healthy and light at the same time.

17. Cơm Tấm

Cơm Tấmrefers to rice with fractured rice grains. Every time you see a stall with this name it means you’ll be able to get rice with grilled pork or ribs, fried or steamed egg, fermented and fresh vegetables. Also, a bowl of soup is served along with it. This meal is so huge that you can buy one to share with someone or take leftovers for later.

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18. Bún Chả Hà Nội & Chả Cốm

Bún Chả Hà Nộiis a dish you can see on the left, rice glass noodles with grilled fatty pork sausage, herbs, greens, and sweet vegetable sauce. Chả Cốmis a dish of fried green rice flakes with shrimp and corn, and you can see it on the right.

Both of them are popular Vietnamese foods among locals, although not many foreigners get to try.

19. Bánh Tét

Bánh Tétis a national dish of Vietnam which is always cooked for Vietnamese New Year Tet but stores sell it in smaller quantities year-round.

So it is a rice cake from glutinous rice with mung bean and/or pork, egg filling. It is cooked in banana leaf and boiled in water.

The one you see in the picture Mark and I ate at an Airbnb home in Nha Trang. Owners cooked it with peanuts and egg. If you get Bánh Tét in a store, don’t eat it cold. Better fry it with a bit of oil and dip in soy sauce.

20. Xôi Xéo

The rice you see in the picture is glutinous sticky rice with spicy-sweet sauce, turmeric, and steamed chicken or grilled pork. It is garnished with green onions and sauce that reminds mayonnaise. I ordered it by mistake and didn’t even finish because it was too heavy for me. If you want to try, get one with mung bean and fried shallots. That one is really good!

21. Bánh Cam

This is a rice ball made of glutinous rice flour and fried in oil. I know, I know it is not the healthiest food, but I gave it a try and wanted to buy more.

Fillings are different, from savory to sweet. The one on the picture was with mushrooms and carrots. You can find them with mung bean, meat or vegetables.

22. Gỏi Cuốn

I am sure that everyone who is looking at the Vietnamese food menu knows what spring rolls are. They come as a snack, but also as a meal. Can be vegan as well as with meats, shrimp, and egg. So many to choose from!

In Vietnam, you can find them everywhere – at the cheapest street food stalls and expensive restaurants.

23. Banh Dap

Banh Dapis a Vietnamese fried rice cracker that can be eaten as a snack on its own or together with a meal.

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Some places offer Banh Dap with soups, noodles (Mì Quảngfor example), or fried eggs (Bot Chien).

You can buy it at the market or store anywhere in the country.

Banh Dapcrackers can be less or more fried, have fewer sesame seeds, and be in light or dark color (depending on what flour was used – white or brown rice flour). A healthier version of chips.

24. Avocado Ice-cream

Did you know that some regions of Vietnam grow avocado? Lâm Đồng province, for instance, with a well-known capital Dalat grows really good avocados.

In their taste, they differ from avocados grown in some states of the U. S. or Mexico. When I tried this dessert I could hardly call it ice-cream. It was more like a nutritious avocado meal, very fulfilling and healthy.

I watched the guys from the ice cream shop making this dessert and saw them blending avocado with a little bit of water and garnishing it with frozen coconut milk with sugar. My ice cream was never as healthy as this one in southern Vietnam.

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25. Coconut Iced Coffee

I didn’t want to write about coffee at first but then changed my mind and decided to mention a few words. I can’t drink coffee because it makes me feel dizzy but this one was so light that I drank almost a whole glass.

What you see in the picture is a chunk of frozen coconut milk, mixed with one shot of coffee and condensed milk. It tastes like a dessert and contains less caffeine than regular coffee. Must try when in Vietnam and ask for in Vietnamese restaurants around the world!

26. Siêu Sạch

Sugarcane juice is very refreshing on hot days. It is very common as a street drink and can be found anywhere.

I’ve been ordering this drink in some of the Vietnamese restaurants in the U.S. Try it and you’ll ask for more!

27. Egg Coffee

Of course, any Vietnamese food list should have egg coffee on it, so I had to mention it too.

You’ve probably heard that egg coffee is a typical drink of the North. However, I found it in Saigon and central regions too. More than that, I had egg coffee in Ukraine, in one of the famous Lviv cafes where coffee culture is also big. It is absolutely delicious and you simply can not leave a country without trying it!

If you are living in the US or Europe, there definitely should be a cafe serving Vietnamese coffee.

Alright, so this is my list of Vietnamese dishes. Have you tasted any of them? Do you have any of your own that didn’t make this list? Share your experience and let me know what you think about Vietnamese food!

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FAQs

What is the most delicious Vietnamese dish? ›

1 – Phở – Pho

Phở, or commonly known as Pho in some countries, is possibly the most famous dish Vietnam has to offer. What is this? This delicious Vietnamese noodle soup is cooked in chicken, beef, or even vegetarian broth.

What kind of Vietnamese food should I try? ›

Wherever you travel across the country, you're sure to eat well.
  • Phở Phở-real: this world-famous soup differs from north to south. ...
  • Bánh Mì With so many varieties, you're bound to find the perfect bánh mì on a trip to Vietnam. ...
  • Cơm Tấm. A platter of Cơm Tấm in Ho Chi Minh City. ...
  • Bún Bò Huế ...
  • Cao Lầu. ...
  • Cơm Gà ...
  • Mì Quảng. ...
  • Bánh Xèo.

What is the most eaten food in Vietnam? ›

Pho is arguably the most popular food in Vietnam. It is served both at restaurants and in families, eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This famous dish is basically rice noodle soup but the broth is seasoned in a very unique way that appeals to almost everyone.

What are the 5 key Flavour elements that influence Vietnamese food? ›

Meals feature a combination of five fundamental tastes (ngũ vị): sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy. The distinctive nature of each dish reflects one or more elements (nutrients, colors, et cetera), which are also based around a five-pronged philosophy.

What is the national drink of Vietnam? ›

Vietnam's national drink is green tea, which is the accompaniment to every social gathering or business meeting and is frequently drunk after meals. At the harder end of the spectrum, there's also rice wine, though some local beer is also excellent, and an increasingly wide range of imported wines and spirits.

What is the most popular breakfast in Vietnam? ›

Pho. Pho is not only the most popular breakfast in Vietnam but is also internationally renowned as a symbol of Vietnamese gastronomy. Thousands of Pho stores deliver thousands of taste, that's why some Pho stores are much more well-known than the rest, and the mystery hidden in the broth of Pho.

What is the most popular meat in Vietnam? ›

Though pork still remains the main meat consumed in Vietnam, higher consumption growth rate presents a positive outlook for consumption of beef and poultry. 45% of total imports. Over 85% of Vietnam's livestock is raised on small-scale farms.

What is the most popular vegetable in Vietnam? ›

Water Spinach/ Morning Glory (Rau Muong)

Water spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam as the tropical climate creates favorable conditions for its growth and the veggie does not require much care.

What is the most popular pho dish? ›

There are many variations, although beef (Pho bo) and chicken (Pho ga) remain the most popular options. Pho bo: Normally, the beef used in pho bo is medium-rare, and continues to cook in the steaming soup broth.

What do Vietnamese eat daily? ›

Meals emphasize rice, vegetables and fish, and cooking methods often involve steaming or stir-frying. Rice is the staple of the diet, consumed in some form in almost every meal. For Vietnamese adults, all three meals of the day may consist of steamed rice with side dishes of vegetables or fish or meat.

What Vietnamese food is healthy? ›

The most healthy dishes are the soups (among which are pho), spring rolls, fruit and vegetable salads, claypot dishes, rice dishes with meat or fish cooked in sauce and fresh fruit juices.

What time do people eat dinner in Vietnam? ›

You might surprise to know that the main meal of the day in Vietnam is dinner, which is usually after 06:00 PM and before 08:00 PM. This is also when the family members gather, talk, and eat together. Oftentimes, women are responsible for cooking. However, today, it is common that people are eating out.

What are the 6 main flavors? ›

To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste — and its name is, well, a mouthful: "oleogustus."

What is the main spice in Vietnamese food? ›

Cardamom. Along with star anise, clove, and cinnamon, cardamom helps form the spice base for soups, including pho. While black cardamom is commonly used in Vietnamese cooking, Ly prefers green cardamom for a more delicate, restrained flavor in savory dishes.

What are the 4 main spice flavor profile? ›

Up until 2002, scientists recognized 4 'official' tastes: 1) salty; 2) sweet; 3) sour; and 4) bitter. However, in 2002 umami was crowned the fifth flavor.

What is the drinking age in Vietnam? ›

Drinking age in Vietnam is. 18.

What do Vietnamese drink for breakfast? ›

Ca Phe (Coffee)

Ca Phe is one of the unique parts of Vietnamese breakfast, especially in Saigon. A morning cup of Ca Phe with or without condensed milk has become a local habit of many Vietnamese for years due to different strengths, flavorful coffee, which can be found only in Vietnam.

What is beer called in Vietnam? ›

Draft Beer or Bia Hoi is the most common kind of beer you will find in Vietnam. Bia Hoi is brewed in 7 - 10 days and hence has a shorter shelf life. It is pasteurized and has a lower ABV and sugar content than other beers. During the fermentation process, no preservatives are used.

What dessert is Vietnam known for? ›

Banh Dau Xanh or Bánh Dau Xanh – Mung Bean Pastries

Mung Bean pastries are extremely popular and a specialty dessert from Vietnam.

Which city has the best food in Vietnam? ›

The northern city of Hanoi is the mecca of Vietnamese cuisine. Everything we ate that was deemed “the best” was devoured in Hanoi. The best pho, the best bun cha, the best spring rolls, and the very best coffee.

What is the eating etiquette in Vietnam? ›

It is customary for Vietnamese to hold rice bowls close to their faces while dining. Never eat directly from the serving dish. Be patient and put the food on your bowl before your mouth. Don't try to select the food since it's impolite to leave the not-so-good part for others.

What meat do Vietnamese people eat the most? ›

According to Vietnam Online, pork is the most widely eaten meat in the country, accounting for about 77.5% of the country's total meat intake. Therefore, it's not surprising that beyond the popular pork-based dishes, there are also dishes that utilise almost every other part of the pig, except its hair.

What is street food in Vietnam? ›

When it comes to street food in Vietnam, the most obvious choice would have to be Vietnamese noodle soup, phở. This local daily staple is made up of chewy rice noodles in piping hot savoury broth with tender slices of beef or chicken and topped with crunchy, spicy, herby garnishes.

What fruit is native to Vietnam? ›

1.3 Areas of Production
ZoneArea (ha)Kinds of fruit
Red River Delta12 774lychee, longan, banana
North CentralCoast14,430orange, mandarin, pummelo,
South Central Coast28 580mango, cashew, pineapple, grape, dragon fruit
Central Highland5 330durian, rambutan, mangosteen, jackfruit, avocado, coffee, cocoa, sweetsop, jujube
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What is the fruit of Vietnam? ›

Jackfruit is one of the most popular fruits in Vietnam. In spite of the spiky crust and the large shape, the sweet taste and the amazing smell often attract people who have a sweet tooth. Inside, there are lots of fleshy yellow knots covering all the seeds of the fruit when peeled.

What flower is Vietnam known for? ›

In Vietnam, the Lotus flower is the national flower. It is known as the flower of the dawn and is the symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater and rises and opens again at dawn. The lotus is found throughout Vietnam in the muddy water of lakes and ponds.

What is the secret ingredient in pho? ›

Sa sung—dried peanut worms—have been described as the secret ingredient of great pho.

What are the 2 sauces for pho? ›

At every pho restaurant, you will see next to your table two crucial sauces to add into your soup. One of the red sauces is Sriracha. Sriracha adds that extra added kick of spice into the soup. The other dark brown looking sauce is hosin sauce.

What is the most tender meat for pho? ›

Flank Steak

This is our number-one pick for pho for flavor, texture, and price. Despite being a lean and fibrous cut, flank steak has an intense meaty flavor. For maximum tenderness, be sure to slice flank steak against the grain.

What do Vietnamese not eat? ›

Things You Shouldn't Eat or Drink in Vietnam
  • Tap water. Might as well start with the obvious one. ...
  • Strange meat. We don't mean street meat, as street food in Vietnam is amazing. ...
  • Roadside coffee. ...
  • Uncooked vegetables. ...
  • Raw blood pudding. ...
  • Pufferfish. ...
  • Cold soups. ...
  • Dog meat.
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How do Vietnamese stay thin? ›

Vietnamese people are very aware of how much they consume in a day and practice portion control very well which translates to staying slim. Also, Vietnamese cuisine focuses on many different fibrous vegetables and fresh ingredients, so you can expect the foods to be lower in calories.

Is Chinese or Vietnamese food healthier? ›

Vietnamese food is generally considered much healthier than Chinese food due to its use of fresher ingredients, less oil and frying of vegetables, as well as use of lighter sauces. What is this? Chinese food has high levels of sodium, which can generally be tracked to it's heavy use of soy sauce in its cuisines.

Is pho a junk food? ›

Pho is a great weight loss dish with the only real concern being sodium. This doesn't make it unhealthy. A single bowl of pho can be an important part of a balanced diet.

Is it rude to finish your plate in Vietnam? ›

It is not polite to leave the table too soon since other people may think that you do not want to talk to them. Therefore, show your respect by staying and talking to others when you finish your meal; as well as helping the host to prepare dessert. It is an opportunity for you to learn more about Vietnamese culture.

What time do Vietnamese go to sleep? ›

Vietnamese average time to go to bed on weekday = 11:15 PM. Vietnamese average time to go to bed on weekend = 11:30 PM. Vietnamese average length of sleeping on weekday = 7 hours. Vietnamese average length of sleeping on weekend = 8 hours.

Do you tip waiters in Vietnam? ›

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Vietnam, but it is always appreciated. If you're happy with the services provided by waiters, drivers and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation.

What is Vietnam most well known for? ›

Vietnam is known for being a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches, it's culture, amazing food (like pho), and friendly people. Vietnam is also famous for the Vietnam War, motorbikes (86% of households have one), Vietnamese coffee, floating markets and rice terraces.

Does Gordon Ramsay like Vietnamese food? ›

So where did chef Ramsay's passion for Vietnamese food come from? In 2011, Ramsay visited Vietnam for an episode of Gordon's Great Escape and quickly became enamored by the Vietnamese dishes with complex flavor profiles.

What is the most popular street food in Vietnam? ›

1. Rice noodle soup (Phở) When it comes to street food in Vietnam, the most obvious choice would have to be Vietnamese noodle soup, phở. This local daily staple is made up of chewy rice noodles in piping hot savoury broth with tender slices of beef or chicken and topped with crunchy, spicy, herby garnishes.

Is Vietnam rich or poor? ›

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111Vietnam12,881
112Ecuador12,664
113Tunisia12,300
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What is a unique food in Vietnam? ›

Pho might be Vietnam's most famous dish but bun cha is the top choice when it comes to lunchtime in the capital. Just look for the clouds of meaty smoke after 11 a.m. when street-side restaurants start grilling up small patties of seasoned pork and slices of marinated pork belly over a charcoal fire.

Who is the best chef in Vietnam? ›

Hung Huynh
BornJanuary 25, 1978 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
NationalityAmerican
Alma materThe Culinary Institute of America
OccupationChef
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What's Gordon Ramsay's favorite junk food? ›

His favorite fast-food order is a double cheeseburger "animal style" from In-N-Out.

What is the most consumed meat in Vietnam? ›

By 2029, forecasts have shown that the consumption of pork per capita in Vietnam will reach 32.7 kilograms. Pork is the most consumed type of meat in the country, followed by poultry.

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