BEST FOODS IN VIETNAM - FAMOUS DISHES FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

Best Vietnamese foods have a special attraction to all visitors when travelling to this beautiful country. Vietnamese culinary is famous for its uniqueness and diversity with tons of special dishes from north to south that appeal to every food lover. This post suggests some great ideas with a list of most popular Vietnamese dishes for you. 

Table Contents
  • I - Famous foods in Vietnam 
  • 1 - Best Vietnamese foods in the North
  • 2 - Best Vietnamese foods in the Central region
  • 3 - Best southern Vietnamese food 
  • 4 - Other popular dishes in Vietnam
  • II - Can you enjoy famous Vietnamese food abroad?
Jan 11
Banh mi most popular food in Vietnam
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Vietnam is famous for its diverse and delicious cuisine. Vietnamese dishes always have an excellent balance of spices but still ensure diversity and attractiveness for diners. Stretching across the country of Vietnam, each region has delicious dishes, imbued with its cultural impression. Let's learn about the best Vietnamese dishes that you have to try as you travel to this beautiful country.

I - Famous foods in Vietnam 

1 - Best Vietnamese foods in the North

Vietnamese Bread (Banh mi)
Vietnamese bread is hailed as one of the best street foods in the world. Vietnamese people have turned bread into a really attractive dish, ranging from Pate Bread, Omelette Bread, Roasted Pork Bread, etc., to Dragon Fruit Bread, Butter Bread.
In the North, there are many famous bread brands such as Nguyen Sinh Bread (17-19 Ly Ly Su, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi); Old Quarter Bread (38 Dinh Liet, Hang Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi); with the average price of only 10,000 - 40,000 VND depending on the filling.

Cha muc best Vietnamese foods

Grilled squid (Source: Kenh14)

Grilled Squid Pie
Grilled squid pie is one of the most famous specialties of Quang Ninh. Squid used to make spring rolls is fresh, helping dishes always taste fresh and flavorful.
You can buy Grilled squid at addresses in Quang Ninh such as Minh Phuc Grilled Squid - Cell 12 / B12, Column 5 – 8 Urban Area, Hong Ha Ward, Ha Long, Quang Ninh or at DASAVINA Grilled Squid - Kiosque No. 46-47, Ha Long 1 Market, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh, with the price ranging from 175,000 - 500,000 VND/kg 

Pho famous foods in Vietnam

Pho (Source: Vntravellive)

Pho Soup
Pho was voted as one of the most famous foods in Vietnam and is the best delicacies in the world. Each bowl of pho brings a rich, aromatic flavor of the fragrant broth with the vegetables and the slightly chewy and fleshy noodles, making diners unable to resist the attraction of the dish. When coming to Vietnam you can enjoy Pho at price is from 35,000 - 60,000 VND / bowl. Some restaurants: 
- Pho Le: at No.413 - 415 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Pho Bat Dan: at No.49 Bat Dan, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Egg coffee 
This drink is always on top Vietnamese dishes to try. Vietnamese egg coffee expresses the creativity and the unique characteristics of Vietnamese cuisine. With the harmonious flavor of created egg yolk and coffee, creating a creamy and fatty taste. .
The most famous egg coffee brands in Vietnam are Cafe Giang at No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; Cafe Dinh at no.13 Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. The prices range from 20,000 to 25,000 VND.

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Banh cuon (Source: Vietnammoi)

Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls (Banh Cuon)
Banh cuon is a famous Vietnamese food with a long-standing origin. Diners will feel the sweetness of rice flour and filling; the aromatic taste of fried onion, along with the little sour, spicy taste of fish sauce, etc., always making diners impressed and remember forever.
Some of the best Vietnamese steamed rice rolls that you should try:
- Banh Cuon Ba Hanh - 26B Tho Xuong, Phu Doan, Hoan Kiem. 
- Banh Cuon Thanh Van - 12 Hang Ga, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
The average price ranges from 20,000 - 30,000 VND / plate. 

Hanoi combo noodle soup (Bun Thang)
Bun Thang is known as the essence of Hanoi cuisine. It is made from dried shrimp, shredded chicken, port sausages, fried eggs, vermicelli and broth made from chicken or pork bones and prawns, bringing a rich and unique of the dish.
Some places in Hanoi for enjoy this dish:25 Ngo Hang Hanh, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; Giang Vo Bun Bun - D2 Giang Vo, Ba Dinh, Hanoi with the price ranging from 30-40,000 VND/portion.

Horse Meat Soup (Thang Co) 
One typical Vietnamese food in mountainous ethnic areas, Thang Co is a traditional dish of H'Mong ethnic people, cooked with traditional spices such as cardamom, star anise, cinnamon chi, lemongrass, ginger and some spices used by upland people. Along with that, the main ingredient is horse meat.
Enjoying this dish, you will feel the crispy aroma of horse meat, the spicy and sweet taste of broth made from horse bones, and the sweetness of vegetables. In Vietnam you can enjoy the dish in A Quynh Restaurant at 15 Thach Son, Sapa, Hai Lam Sapa- 72 Luong Dinh Cua, Sapa; Mon Ngon Tay Bac - 01 Le Van Tam, Sa Pa with an average price of 400,000 VND - 600,000 VND / portion / 4 people.

Sapa Pork (Thit Lon Cap Nach)
This type of pork is one of the most popular Sapa foods and typical Vietnamese dishes in mountainous areas. 
Sapa Pork is a specialty of the Northwest region of Vietnam. Dishes made from this kind of meat taste really delicious. Due to the sweet, fragrant pork and the crunchy skin, enhancing the flavor and attractiveness of all dishes.
You can buy Pork Theft Armpits at some restaurants in Sapa such as Quan A Phu - 15 Fansipan, Sapa, Lao Cai, Quan Dung Trau - 85 Xuan Vien, Sapa, Lao Cai, etc., with an average price of 200-1,000. 000 for a meal.

Pho cuon Popular Vietnamese foods

Pho rolls (Source: Bep Quyen)

Rolled Pho (Pho Cuon) 
Different from the traditional Pho, Rolled Pho attracts diners by the fragrant stir-fried minced beef, mixed with the spicy, strong taste of ginger, garlic, the pure taste of vegetables, along with the cool and rich coolness of the sour sauce.
And perhaps the most delicious and authentic Pho is only available in Hanoi. You can enjoy Rolled Pho at Pho Cuon Hanoi - 33 Van Bao, Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi; Pho Cuon Huong Mai- 25 Ngu Xa, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, etc., with an average price of about VND 20,000 - VND 55,000 / portion.

Grilled Fish (Cha Ca)

Cha ca top 10 Vietnam foods

La Vong grilled fish (Source: Kenh14)

Cha Ca always should be mentioned in the top 10 Vietnam foods. There are many places selling Grilled Fish throughout Vietnam, but the best is La Vong Grilled Fish in Hanoi. La Vong Grilled Fish has a rich, delicate flavor of cooked yellow fish combined with the specific taste of dill, galangal, etc., to help you feel the softness and tastiness of this dish.
If you would like to enjoy this dish, you should go to La Vong Grilled Fish - 14 Cha Ca street, Hanoi or Thang Long fish ball - 19, 21, 31 Duong Thanh, Hanoi. The average price ranges from 150-200,000 VND /portion / 2 people.

Chicken Stew With Herbs (Ga Tan)
Ga Tan, also known as Ga Tiem, is a nutritious dish of Vietnamese cuisine. Made from chicken, which is the main ingredient, combined with herbs such as Chinese medicine, lotus seed, mugwort, green beans, black beans, ginseng, etc., delivering a unique and very attractive flavor.
In Hanoi, tourists can enjoy the best Ga Tan at Ga Tan Mai Huong- 12 Hang Cot, Hang Ma, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, or Chicken Tan Cay Si- 29 Tong Duy Tan, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, etc., with an average price of 50-150,000 VND / portion.

Vietnamese Burnt Rice (Com Chay)
Burnt Rice is a specialty of the ancient capital of Ninh Binh. What makes the dish attractive is the crunchiness and sweetness of burnt rice, combined with the special flavor of the sauce and the accompanying dishes.
As you visit Ninh Binh, you can find Burnt Rice at Hoang Trang Burnt Rice - Phu Long Commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh; Viet Hung Establishment - 593, Thien Son Street, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh. The average price ranges from 50,000-5,000 VND / package of 200gr-2kg depending on the type.

2 - Best Vietnamese foods in the Central region

Mussel Rice (Com Hen)

Com hen best Vietnamese foods

Mussel rice (Source: Cooky TV)

Mussel rice is a specialty of Hue cuisine, it is a combination of cold rice mixed with mussels sauteed with oil and kinds of spices, served with many other ingredients.
With only 10,000 VND, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of Mussel Rice at the famous restaurants below: Ba Cam Mussel Rice (02 Truong Dinh, Hue city), Hoa Dong Mussel Rice (64/7 Ung Binh, Hue city), Nguyen Hue Mussel Rice (98 Nguyen Hue, Hue City), etc.

Vietnamese Pancake (Banh Xeo)
Being known as the best food to eat  in Vietnam, Banh Xeo is very popular in Asia and is a specialty in Vietnam. Wrapped by flour and  stuffed with meat, shrimp, bean sprouts, etc., the pancakes bring an unforgettable taste of homeland. You can enjoy delicious pancakes at the 172 Doi Can (Hanoi), Ta Quang Buu (Hanoi), etc., only from 40,000 VND / portion.

Eel Vermicelli (Mien Luon)
Eel vermicelli is quite popular in Vietnamese cuisine and a specialty of Nghe An. The crispy vermicelli, the nutritious fresh eel meat when served with vegetables and filled with the rich broth will make you want to eat a second time.
Phu Doan Vermicelli (9 Phu Doan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi), Gia Bao Restaurant (99 Lam Son, Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City), etc., are places you should visit for meal, with only about 40,000 VND / bowl.

Hue Style Beef Noodles (Bun Bo Hue) 

Bun bo Hue another best food in Vietnam

Hue beef noodle (Source: Knorr)

Bun Bo Hue is another best food in Vietnam that comes from Hue foods - a hub of central cuisine. This is a prominent specialty of Hue in which the broth is made from bone stewed for hours so that it would taste well. Bun Bo Hue is served with soft noodles, crab rolls, beef, vegetables, pepper, etc. You can enjoy the authentic Bun Bo Hue at Bun Bo Hue O Phuong (24 Nguyen Khuyen, Hue City), Bun Bo Hue O Hoa (162 Mai Thuc Loan, Hue City), etc., with the price of 25,000 VND / bowl.

Spring Rolls (Nem Cuon) 
Spring rolls, also known as salad rolls, originating from China but are now very popular in Vietnam. The ingredients include shrimp, meat, carrots, vegetables, eggs, kohlrabi, etc., are chopped and rolled in rice paper and dipped with spicy and sour sauce.
You can eat spring rolls at Co Dung- Do Cuon 3 Mien (46 Tran Xuan Soan, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi), Da Nang (79 Trung Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi), etc. The price ranges from 30-50,000 VND /portion.

Cao Lau
In the Vietnamese food menu, Cao Lau is introduced as a typical Hoi An food which reflects the uniqueness and quintessence of central cuisine. The yellow noodles are served with shrimp, meat, raw vegetables and the broth is just below the mouth of the bowl, not much. The famous places of Cao Lau you can visit is Cao Lau Mrs. Lien Restaurant (9 Thai Phien, Hoi An), Cao Lau Mrs Thanh Restaurant (26 Thai Phien, Hoi An), Cao Lau Trung Bac Restaurant (87 Tran Phu, Hoi An). The price of each bowl is only about VND 30,000.

Quang Noodles (Mi Quang) 

My Quang Vietnamese food menu

Noodles Quang (Source: Vanh Khuyen Le)

Quang Noodles is a typical dish of the Central region, namely Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. Quang noodles are made from flour, which is ground and slightly minced,  and are served with bone broth made from bones. In a bowl of Quang Noodles, there are shrimp, chicken, herbs, peanuts and especially baked rice paper.
Places to eat delicious Quang noodles that are worth mentioning are Mi Quang Vi Quang (35 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi), Quang Noodles Mrs Tam (103 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi), Quang 85 (Tran Quang Dieu, District 3, HCMC), etc. The price is about 45,000 VND / bowl.

Hoi An Bread
Hoi An Bread is considered the best street food in the world. In just a small loaf of bread, people have put a lot of ingredients in such as meat, sausages, chicken, pate, salad, etc. When coming to Hoi An, you definitely have to visit Mrs Phuong Bread (Hoi An, Quang Nam), Mrs Bich bread (57 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An), etc. The price is quite affordable, only VND 10,000 - 30,000 / loaf.

3 - Best southern Vietnamese food 

Braised Lang Fish Hotpot (Lau Ca Lang)
Braised Lang Fish Hotpot is a popular dish in the Southwest region. The dish has a characteristic sour taste of tomatoes and sour bamboo shoots, the spicy taste of buffalo horn chili, the ingredients blend together to create an attractive taste that is hard to refuse.
Coming to Saigon, you can eat Braised Lang Fish Hot Pot at 347/1 Le Dai Hanh, District 11 or 306-308 Le Van Sy, Ward 1, Tan Binh District .The price of the dish ranges from 120,000 -220,000 VND /portion.

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad (Bun Bo Nam Bo)
Originating from the South, however, the dish has been popular in many places, especially Hanoi until now. The dish attracts diners by the harmonious combination of fish sauce, fried shallots, raw vegetables and many other typical ingredients.
You can eat the authentic Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad at 61 Lang St, Dong Da, Hanoi; or 47 Tran Quoc Toan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, etc., with a price of about 35,000 VND each bowl.

Broken Rice with Grilled Pork Chop (Com Tam)

Com tam favorite Vietnamese food 

Com Tam (Source: Asianinspirations)

This is the most favorite Vietnamese food in the South region. Today, Com Tam is favored by many southerners. It is made from broken rice served with grilled ribs, pork skin, egg rolls, and fish sauce. Com Tam usually costs around 45,000-90,000 VND /portion.
Com Tam restaurants in Saigon attract diners such as Com Tam Thuan Kieu (Dist 11, Ho Chi Minh City), Com Tam Bui (Thach Thi Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), Com Tam Moc (Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), etc.

Vietnamese Vermicelli Soup (Bun Mam)
Bun Mam is one of the typical Southwestern foods and on the top Vietnamese dishes, originating from Cambodia. Made from various types of fish sauce such as flexible fish Henicorhynchus fish sauce, choke fish sauce, Prahok sauce, Bun Mam has a typical scent and a rich taste.
In Saigon, you are free to enjoy the dish at Bun Mam Mrs Sen (District 4, Ho Chi Minh City), Bun Mam Phan Boi Chau (Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), Bun Mam Ba Du (Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), etc., with the price ranging from 40,000 VND / portion.

Grilled Pork Rib Rice 
Grilled Pork Rib Rice is  familiar and popular with every family in the South. The fragrant rice with grilled ribs, spring rolls and eggs, giving you a lasting impression.
You can visit Com Tam Mrs Mai, Doan Van Bo, District 4; or Com Tam Bai Rac at 73 Le Van Linh, District 4; Com Tam Mrs Rom-55 Phan Dinh Phung, Phu Nhuan to enjoy the food with the price of 50,000 VND/portion.

Saigon Bread  

Saigon bread popular dishes in Vietnam

Saigon Bread (Source: Zing)

Bread is one of the top 10 best street foods in the world and the pride of Vietnamese people. Inside the loaf of bread, Vietnamese people put meat, spring rolls, vegetables, eggs, etc.
Famous brands that can not be ignored when you come to Saigon: Mrs Huynh Hoa Bread (Le Thi Rieng, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), Hoa Ma Bread (53 Cao Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City), etc., with the price ranging from 10,000 up to VND 50,000 / loaf.

4 - Other popular dishes in Vietnam

Sweet Soup
Sweet Soup is a kind of popular Vietnamese dessert. In Vietnam, sweet soup is diverse in kinds such as Rice Ball Sweet Soup, Khuc Bach Sweet Soup, Sweet Lotus Seed Soup, etc.
Coming to Saigon, you will have countless choices of address to enjoy sweet soup at an affordable price, from only 10,000 VND / portion such as Mrs Ha Ky Sweet Soup (Chau Van Liem, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City), Mrs Thanh Tam Sweet Soup (Bui Huu Nghia, District 5 , Ho Chi Minh City), Che Mam Khanh Vy (Su Van Hanh, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City), etc.

Seafood of various types

Famous Vietnamese food

Seafood (Source: Vietnam Seafood)

With a coastline of 3260 km long, Vietnam has a rich source of seafood, therefore, there are many delicious dishes made from seafood that have satisfied tourists. From various kinds of squid, shrimp, snails  to cooking techniques such as boiling, steaming, grilling, etc., will conquer the stomach of gourmets.
You can visit the coastal cities such as Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Hai Phong, Kien Giang to enjoy the taste of savory seafood.

II - Can you enjoy famous Vietnamese food abroad?

Best food in Vietnam

Pho King Crab (Source: Viet Thao)

When you are abroad, you can also easily enjoy Vietnamese food at the following addresses:
Pho King Crab (Washington, USA) serves Pho, Vermicelli, Fried Tilapia, Chicken with Lemon Sauce, etc.
Bamboo Restaurant (London, UK) serves Salad Rolls, Spring Rolls, Vermicelli Rolls, Braised Fish, Beef Noodles, Pork Rib Rice, La Vong Grilled Fish, etc.
Those dishes mentioned above are the best foods in Vietnam that should be in the list ôf must-try foods when coming to Vietnam. 

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