One of the best parts of traveling is getting to eat a certain cuisine in its home country. A lot of cities in Asia are known for its street food and in this post, we take you to Vietnam and some of its culinary delights:
A bun cha is typically composed of the following: a plate of grilled savory-sweet patties, a bowl of nuoc mam, and a plate of herbs, veggies and rice vermicelli noodles. Typically it is eaten at lunch; just look for the locals sitting in plastic stools all over the town.
A tip for bun cha noobs: you mix everything in the bowl of nuoc mam.
The country won’t disappoint you with options, that’s pho sure (sorry, we can’t help it!). Just like the bun cha, there are a lot of eateries selling this on the street. Pho bo is beef and pho ga is chicken, so keep your eyes peeled for the signs telling you what pho they offer.
Banh goi, also known as pillow cake, is a fried snack filled with noodles, meat and mushroom. It’s often sold at food stalls along the street, so be sure to be there early in the morning when it’s fresh and piping hot. Get two or three to keep you company as you go sightseeing.
Banh mi is like the country’s official sandwich, an influence left by the French. It”s a crispy, warm baguette filled with whatever your tummy desires: pate, cheese, butter, all sorts of pork, tomatoes, cucumber, lemongrass, cilantro, mustard, mayo, hot sauce. If language barrier is a problem, just point to the ones you want in your baguette and the lady selling it will happily oblige.
Just look for the sugar canes and that’s where the juice will be. They often prepare it right before you so you know it’s fresh. We can’t say the same thing for the machine’s hygienic standards but if you’ve survived street food, you’ll survive this one!
When in Vietnam, don’t skip on Vietnamese coffee. The famous ca phe sua da is strong and dark even with the condensed milk mixed in but it’s so decadent it’s bordering on dark chocolate territory. Definitely a great way to end a meal!