Walking in Vietnam’s major cities, it is common to see a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a makeshift pho stand. This cheap and tasty staple is consisted of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef.
More like a meal itself, Xoi, the savory sticky rice, comes with any number of min-ins. Chicken, pork, fried or preserved eggs and other ingredients are available. It is usually with a scattering of dried shallots on top..
Banh xeo is a Vietnamese savory crepe, full of pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. Cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper and dunk it in the special sauce to enjoy it like a local.
When you are tried of fried food, these healthy fresh spring rolls are a wholesome choice. Its translucent parcels are packed with vegetables, then a slither of meat or seafood and finally a layer of coriander. Don’t forget to dunk it in fish sauce, Vietnam's favorite condiment.
As a popular dish in Hanoi, Bun bo nam bo keeps ingredients from being sodden and the textures intact. Mixed with peanuts and bean sprouts, the tender slices of beef are favored with fresh herbs, fish sauce and chili pepper
The top choice in lunchtime in Hanoi belongs to Bun cha. It is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. Obama also ate it for lunch
This pork noodle dish combines elements from various cultures. The thicker noodles are similar to Japanese udon, the crispy won-ton crackers and pork are a Chinese touch, while the broth and herbs are clearly Vietnamese.
Banh mi is a bit different depending on the cities in Vietnam. In the north, chefs use bread, margarine and pate to make it but in the south, chefs combine more ingredients such as choose cheese, cold cuts, vegetables sausage, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chili sauce.
Bot chien, Ho Chi Minh City's favorite streetside snack, is popular with both the afterschool and the after-midnight crowd. After chunks of rice flour dough are fried until crispy, an egg is broken into the mix. It’s served with slices of shallots and green onions, adding more flavor.
It is the most popular drink in Vietnam. The soft creamy, meringue-like egg white foam perched on the dense Vietnamese coffee will have even those who don't normally crave a cup of joy licking their spoons with delight.