According to Slurrp.com, Vietnamese cuisine is renowned for its exuberant flavors, fresh ingredients, and unique culinary customs.
“From the calming warmth of pho to the creative flavors of banh mi, the zesty tastes of bun cha to the light and refreshing goi cuon, experience the range and depth of Vietnam’s street food scene,” they wrote.
The food website recently suggested the 10 most delicious Vietnamese street foods that every visitor should enjoy when traveling to the beautiful country in the Southeast Asian region. These foods can be accessed by clicking the link provided.
Pho (Vietnamese traditional noodle soup) is a popular dish in Vietnam. It is a soup made from beef or chicken broth, rice noodles, herbs, and spices. It is usually served with a side of fresh herbs, lime, and chili peppers. Pho is a comforting dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is a great option for a quick and easy meal.
|A dish of Pho bo or noodle soup with beef at Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su. Photo: Bich Hoi/The Hanoi Times|
Topping the list is pho, which Slurrp.com describes as a “national treasure of Vietnam” that “no exploration of Vietnamese cuisine is complete without mentioning the iconic pho“.
Indeed, pho is an exquisite dish that has been popular in Hanoi since the middle of the last century. It is made with rice noodles and a flavorful broth, typically made with beef or chicken. It is usually topped with herbs, lime, and chilies for a unique flavor. It is a staple in Vietnamese cuisine and is enjoyed all over the world.
The preparation of a piping hot bowl of beef shinbones starts with a giant cauldron of steaming bones, which is cooked for approximately 24 hours until the broth has become concentrated. The broth is then seasoned with a combination of herbs, spices and salts to create the perfect balance of flavor.
When a diner places an order, the cook adds slices of raw, cooked, or sautéed beef (depending on the order) to a bowl of broth on top of rice noodles. The dish is then topped with sliced onion, chopped green onion, and fresh coriander.
Hanoi’s signature dish Pho can be divided into two main categories: Pho ga (Pho soup with chicken) and Pho bo (Pho soup with beef).
Some Vietnamese pho eateries have been included in the recently published The Michelin Guide, such as Pho No.10 Ly Quoc Su in Hanoi, Pho Ga Nguyet (Ms. Nguyet’s Pho with Chicken) in Hanoi, and Pho Hoa Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, among others.
is a famous Vietnamese street food.
Banh Mi (Vietnamese baguette with meat fillings) is a well-known Vietnamese street food delicacy.
|A loaf of Banh Mi Huong Lan in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the eatery|
The banh mi sandwich is a delightful combination of French and Vietnamese cuisines. With its array of flavors and contrasting textures, it is an irresistible street food treat, according to Slurrp.com.
Many people consider banh mi to be a breakfast staple, but it can also be enjoyed as a snack or for dinner. Originally, the fillings were limited to ham and pork liver paté, but now there is a wide range of options available, such as grilled pork, chicken patties, pickled vegetables, and even French fries. The possibilities are endless.
is a popular dish in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Bun Cha (Grilled Pork with Fresh Rice Noodle) is a much-loved dish in Hanoi, Vietnam.
|A portion of Bun Cha Hanoi. Photo: Yeu Bep Esheep|
Originating from Hanoi, bun cha is a dish that perfectly showcases the art of grilling in Vietnamese cuisine. It is composed of grilled pork patties and pork belly served with a side of rice noodles and fresh herbs. It is a popular lunchtime dish that can be enjoyed at local eateries or at home.
To make this specialty of Hanoi, sliced pork and pork patties are marinated with a variety of spices such as fish sauce, liquid caramel, and garlic. The longer the marinating period, the more intense the flavor. Afterward, the meat is grilled over hot charcoal until it turns a golden-brown.
The combination of smoky grilled meats and refreshing ingredients creates a truly satisfying culinary experience.
Bun Cha, a Vietnamese dish, can be found in many places from high-end restaurants to simple roadside eateries. The Michelin Guide recommends two Bun Cha restaurants in Hanoi: Bun Cha Dac Kim on Hang Manh Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Bun Cha Huong Lien on Le Van Huu Street in Hai Ba Trung District.
Banh Xeo is a traditional Vietnamese pancake made with rice flour, turmeric, and coconut milk. It is usually filled with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and mushrooms. The pancake is then served with lettuce, herbs, and other fresh vegetables. It is a popular dish in Vietnam and is often served as a snack or appetizer.
|The yummy dish of Banh Xeo. Photo: Nguyen Hao|
Banh Xeo are a delicious treat sure to tantalize any diner’s taste buds. Made with a mix of rice flour, turmeric, bean sprouts, shrimp, pork, and herbs, the pancakes are cooked to a golden brown then wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves and dipped in savory fish sauce for a unique combination of textures and flavors.
Goi Cuon (Fresh Spring Roll) is a popular Vietnamese dish consisting of pork, shrimp, noodles, and vegetables wrapped in rice paper. It is served with a dipping sauce and is a popular appetizer or snack.
Goi Cuon is a refreshing and healthy Vietnamese street food, perfect for hot summer days. Wrapped in thin rice paper, the rolls are filled with a delicate balance of fresh herbs, vermicelli noodles, shrimp or pork, and a hint of aromatic mint leaves. This combination of flavors and textures is best enjoyed with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. Originating from the southeastern provinces of Vietnam, Goi Cuon has become popular worldwide and is now served in many Vietnamese restaurants all over the world.
|The fresh yet delicious dish of Goi cuon. Photo: Ngoc Chau|
Com Tam (Steamed Broken Rice) is a popular Vietnamese dish made from broken rice grains and grilled pork. It is usually served with a variety of accompaniments such as fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, and a fish-sauce-based dipping sauce. Com Tam is often found in street food stalls, restaurants, and in many households throughout Vietnam.
Another popular dish that originated in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City), according to Slurrp.com, is Com Tam. This hearty and flavorful dish is a staple of Vietnamese street food culture and is traditionally made from broken rice grains. Com Tam is usually served with accompaniments such as grilled pork chops, shredded pork skin, pickled vegetables, and a fried egg on top, making it a fulfilling and satisfying meal.
|The dishes of Com Tam is prepared by Nguyet Anh. Photo courtesy of the cook|
Bun Rieu (Fresh Noodle Soup with Rice-Field Crab) is a Vietnamese dish consisting of a broth made from tomatoes, tofu, and crab, with rice vermicelli noodles and herbs. It is often served with a side of fresh vegetables such as lettuce and bean sprouts. Bun Rieu is a popular street food in Vietnam, and is a great way to enjoy a light and flavorful meal.
Bun Rieu is a popular Vietnamese crab noodle soup, known for its delicious and flavorful broth. Found widely in Hanoi, it is a combination of tomatoes, crab paste and a medley of spices, cooked with soft vermicelli noodles, crab meat and tofu. Diners will certainly be left wanting more after trying this amazing dish.
Topped with fresh herbs, shredded lettuce, and a squeeze of lime, bun rieu is a true culinary masterpiece that showcases the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine. The best bun rieu can be found on Tran Xuan Soan Street in the Hai Ba Trung District of Hanoi.
|A Hanoi’s specialty: Bun Rieu Cua. Photo: Tuyet Mai|
Banh Canh (Tapioca Starch Noodle Soup) is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup made with tapioca starch. It is usually served with pork, shrimp, and vegetables. The soup is also flavored with fish sauce, garlic, and other spices. It can be served hot or cold, and is often accompanied by herbs and condiments. It is a popular street food in Vietnam and is a favorite among many Vietnamese people.
Banh Canh is an unforgettable noodle soup experience! The noodles are made from tapioca flour and have a unique, chewy texture. The broth is savory and flavorful, and the dish is often topped with pork, shrimp, and even quail eggs. This delicious street food is a must-try for all noodle lovers.
|A dish of Banh Canh. Photo: Banh Canh O Son|
Mi Quang (Noodle Soup from Quang Nam Province) is a popular Vietnamese dish, originating from the central region of the country. The key ingredients include rice noodles, pork, shrimp, and a variety of herbs. The broth is prepared with a combination of fish sauce, garlic, shallots, turmeric, and sometimes annatto. The soup is usually served with a side of vegetables, and can be flavored with lime juice, chilli, or fish sauce. Mi Quang is a popular dish for both locals and tourists alike, and is often served as a main course for special occasions.
The exquisite yellow noodles of Mi Quang originate from the Quang Nam province in the central region of Vietnam.
The delicious turmeric-infused yellow noodles are topped with a medley of fresh herbs, peanuts, crispy rice crackers, tender slices of pork or shrimp, and a drizzle of rich broth. It is served with toasted Vietnamese sesame rice crackers, fried shallots, cilantro, perilla and lettuce.
The dish may be delicious and have a unique aftertaste, but it isn’t as popular in Hanoi. However, there are a few restaurants in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi that serve it, one of them being Quan An Ngon on Phan Boi Chau Street.
|Mi Quang– A wonderful dish from the central part of Vietnam. Photo: Mi Quang Nom|
is a popular dessert in Vietnamese cuisine.
Che is a beloved dessert in Vietnamese cuisine, consisting of a sweet soup.
According to Slurrp.com, Vietnam has a range of delicious sweet soups known as ‘Che‘. The most popular is ‘Che Ba Mau‘, which is made up of several layers of beans, jellies and coconut milk. ‘Che Chuoi‘ is a refreshing variety that features bananas in coconut cream. All in all, ‘Che‘ provides a delightful way to end a street food feast.
In Hanoi, che is extremely popular; it can be found almost anywhere, from small stalls and eateries on the streets of the Old Quarter to high-end restaurants. People usually sit on tiny plastic chairs while they enjoy their che.
Nobody knows where the sweet soup originated from. However, it was specifically mentioned in some folk songs years ago and was traditionally served as a dish to worship the ancestors on special occasions such as the Lunar New Year and the Mid-autumn Festival.
Dinner-goers in search of the best sweet soups can find them in some of the city’s decade-old shops, such as Che Muoi Sau at No 16 Ngo Thi Nham Street in Hai Ba Trung District, Che Bon Mua (Che Four Seasons) at No.4 Hang Can Street in Hoan Kiem District, and Che Xoan at No 29 Hang Giay Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area, among others.
|Che san or cassava sweet soup- a specialty of Hanoi. Photo: Huong Nguyen|