One of the best parts of traveling to a new place is trying some of the local cuisines. There are local dishes in every different country that foreigners love to try. Different cultures have such tasty foods and luckily, these foods are expanding all over the world. Now, there are restaurants dedicated to cuisines from all over the world.
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Vietnam is a country in Asia that has a really unique cuisine. Whether you're visiting Vietnam or you're just looking to try out a new type of food, Vietnamese food is totally tasty. There are a lot of different dishes in the world of Vietnamese cuisine.
To see 10 Vietnamese foods you have to try, keep reading!
10 Bun Rieu
Bun Rieu is a really popular soup in Vietnam that has spread all over the world. There are a lot of different kinds of Bun Rieu that have different names depending on the ingredients, but they all have a few things in common.
Bun Rieu has a tomato base and crab. This soup also has other ingredients like egg, onion, tofu, and other vegetables, along with the rice noodles in the soup. This soup's fresh vegetables make it a super popular during the summer when these ingredients are in season.
9 Banh Xeo
Even though pancakes are considered a sweet, breakfast food in many cultures, there's a special type of savory pancake that is popular in Vietnamese cuisine. Banh Xeo is named for the sizzling noise that the pancake makes when it's poured into the pan.
Banh Xeo is a savory pancake stuffed with meat and vegetables like pork, shrimp, green onions, and bean sprouts. While savory crepes are common in most parts of the world, Vietnam's Banh Xeo is one of a kind.
Pho is among the most famous Vietnamese dishes and has managed to become popular around the world. Pho is a noodle dish that can have a lot of different ingredients, depending on the cook, but there's one thing that is always true about it: Pho is delicious.
Pho originated in Vietnam in the 19th century, but the exact origins of this dish aren't exactly known. It likely evolved from other similar dishes and became its own food phenomenon. Pho is served with rice noodles, a clear broth, and a variety of different meats and vegetables that are stirred up into the soup.
7 Banh Cuon
Banh Cuon is a dish that got its start in the northern part of Vietnam back in 200 BC. Since this dish has been part of Vietnamese cuisine for so long, it's safe to say that it must be pretty tasty. How else would Banh Cuon stay this popular for so long?
Banh Cuon is made by spreading a batter made with tapioca and rice flour into a very thin sheet. This sheet is then steamed and, after being cooked, filled with different ingredients like pork, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and cucumbers. A dipping sauce is often served alongside it.
6 Che Chuoi
Che is the name for a variety of different sweet treats in Vietnamese cuisine. Depending on the ingredients used, different types of Che are made, including beverages and dessert soups.
Che Chuoi is a type of dessert soup that is made with bananas and tapioca. Although a lot of Vietnamese foods are known for being savory and sometimes a little spicy, Che is always sweet. It can be made with a ton of different ingredients, but Che Chuoi with bananas and tapioca is among the most popular varieties.
5 Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue, also known simply as bun bo, is a popular soup in Vietnamese culture. The "Hue" in the name comes from the city in Vietnam where this food is said to have originated.
The broth is made by boiling beef and pigs' knuckles. Shrimp sauce, sugar, and chili oil are then added to give the soup a really unique flavor. It's then served with green onion, banana blossom, red cabbage, and other ingredients.
4 Rau Muong Xao Toi
Eating our vegetables isn't always fun, but with Vietnamese food, they always taste so good that it's hard to leave any behind! Rau Muong is the Vietnamese name for a type of water spinach that used to be a staple food for poor people in the country but has since become a really popular vegetable and garnish in Vietnamese cuisine.
Rau Muong Xao Toi is made by taking this water spinach and stir-frying it with garlic. This gives it a really unique taste and makes it a delicious side for just about any meal that you might be having. Getting all your daily servings of veggies isn't so hard when you're eating Vietnamese food!
3 Bun Cha Hanoi
Bun Cha Hanoi, also known as bun cha, is a cold noodle soup. As its name would suggest, this food originated in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, but it has become popular all over Vietnam. Like many other Vietnamese dishes, Bun Cha Hanoi is made with rice noodles and is typically served with pork.
The broth is made with a mixture of vinegar, fish sauce, and sugar. This gives it a really unique flavor that blends the sweet, savory, and slightly tangy. The dish is served with the broth at room temperature, with the noodles, fresh herbs, and grilled pork nestled inside. To enjoy, just mix them all together and dig in!
2 Banh Beo
Banh Beo is a savory, crispy dish that roughly translates to "water fern cakes." Typically made from a combination of rice and tapioca flour, this dish is popular street food in Vietnam.
Banh Beo was once eaten almost exclusively as a snack but has found its way onto menus in many Vietnamese restaurants. Nowadays, it served as part of many meals. These savory rice cakes are typically served with fresh herbs, shrimp, and fried pork.
1 Che Bap
Another popular type of Che is Che Bap, which is a really sweet, cold dessert that is commonly served in Vietnamese cuisine. After you've finished your bowls of Pho and plates of Banh Beo, it's time to eat something sweet for dessert.
Che Bap is made by mixing sweet corn kernels with tapioca pearls and coconut milk to create a creamy, sweet pudding. Although corn may sound like it doesn't belong as part of a dessert, the Vietnamese strongly disagree and this uniquely textured dish presents a convincing case.