Gay and Lesbian Travel in Vietnam

Traditional Tastes: Street Food of Vietnam

What are the “must try” street foods in Vietnam? See if your favorite is on this list, says Rainbow Tourism Vietnam tour guide in Hanoi. According to Hoang Van Chuyen, “Street food experiences are very popular on our tours.”

Hoang reports that a Saigon insider has compiled his list of top 10 – two of which – beef noodles and summer roll – are considered among the world’s 50 most delicious foods.

Beef noodles (Phở bò)
This could be the No 1 street food in Vietnam and most recognizable Vietnamese food outside of the country.
Saigon baguette (Bánh mỳ Sài Gòn)
Along with beef noodles, Saigon baguette (bánh mỳ Saigon) is the most famous dish outside of Vietnam, something that tourist rave and hype about.
Broken rice (Cơm tấm)
My all time favorite, but modern “cơm tấm” is quite different from the traditional.
Sticky rice (Xôi)
This is a great breakfast dish that give you a boost of added energy.
Rice noodles (Bún)
The most popular dish with rice noodles (bún) could be bún thịt nướng (rice noodles with grilled pork), bún riêu (rice noodles with sour crab soup)or bún chả giò (rice noodles with deep fried spring rolls.
Roll cake (Bánh cuốn)
Made from rice, steamed and served with sweet, spicy fish sauce, ham and blanched bean sprouts, herbs. Both are most popular but wet cake (bánh ướt) could be more popular as street food in Sài Gòn as it’s easy to sell from a moving cart!
Papaya salad with pork liver (gỏi bò)
Made from shreds of young papaya, served in sour-sweet spicy sauce, topped with roasted peanut, Vietnamese basil, shrimp cracker and most important beef liver or lung that has been braised in secret aromatic dark sweet sauce with probably different spices!
Big noodles (Bánh canh)
I always call it jokingly “udon” due to its jumbo size! In South we have bánh canh with pork knuckle (bánh canh giò heo), or with crab (bánh canh cua). Very popular.
Yellow noodles (mỳ đủ thứ) 
Good for breakfast or late night meal! Yellow noodles can go with either seafood, chicken, pork or little of everything ).
Fresh spring roll (Gỏi cuốn) 
The most popular among the rolls – deep fried spring rolls but as street food.

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