Asian cuisines are definitely amongst the top on the hierarchy when it comes to gastronomes. There is just so much flavor that blends well together from all the spices one could ever think of.
One of the Asian countries that are best known to serve mouth-watering dishes– in Vietnam. Thousands of travelers would dive into some places of this country to have a taste of authentic Asian meal – not only that, it offers an array of dishes with delectable flavors, but more so, these are all at cheaper rates.
With so many options to choose from, it can be quite challenging to decide which one to check first. If you’re in for a food trip in the land of the Ascending Dragon, here’s a 5 Must-Try Vietnamese cuisine that will surely satisfy your search for a gastronomic experience:
Of course, it has to be Pho! Your gastronomic trip must start with the most popular dish in Vietnam; you will surely notice a swarming number of Pho stands in each town that you may visit in this country. This dish is composed of chewy noodles mixed with slices of beef or chicken meat in a savory broth garnished with herbs and spices – definitely, you are off to a great start!
2. Sea Snails
Do you have a brawny belly and is craving for sea snails? Locally known as “Ốc”, Vietnam has food stalls that offer a variety of sweet and tasty sea snails in different shapes, textures, and sizes too with which you can request to cook them in a way that suits your liking (best paired with an alcoholic drink of your choice).
3. Grilled Pork Vermicelli Dish
You ever heard of when the then US President Barack Obama went out into Vietnam’s streets with the famous international cuisine explorer Anthony Bourdain? Yup, that’s it. They went out, and both enjoyed a hearty bowl of bún chả. Curious as to what this dish is made of? It’s pork slices perfectly charred from grilling over a charcoal fire. It was served with a basket of greens, spices, and fish sauce.
Which team are you in – fried or fresh spring rolls? Whichever you prefer, you can surely enjoy the best of both worlds in Vietnam. It can be handy to know (should you aim to order some of these in one of the food carts) that the fried spring rolls are called “chả giò” while the latter is “gỏi cuốn” or commonly known as “summer rolls.” Spring rolls are usually packed with various stuffings like meat or shrimps and veggies served with a dipping sauce.
5 .Cao lầu
This signature dish of the town of Hoi An can be compared to that of the Japanese noodles udon. Its distinct noodles can only be achieved by mixing the water from Ba Le well and ash found in Hoi-An. This dish is composed of pork barbecue, fresh greens, and croutons.
Vietnam has more than five tasty dishes to offer, which you can then experience while exploring this country, but the ones above are 100% a must-try!