Hopefully, you’re not new to the delicious-ness that is Vietnamese food. Whether you’ve tried Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’), fresh spring rolls, or are even just familiar with the ubiquitous Vietnamese peanut sauce, Vietnamese food is a strong contender for being one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. This list of “top Vietnamese foods” could have easily been much, much longer, but alas, you’ll just have to travel to Vietnam yourself to try all the foods on this list and more!
Delicious Noodles and Soups
Noodles. Soups. Noodles with Soups. Noodles and Soups. The Vietnamese are no stranger to the endless flavor combinations that noodles and soup make. From phở (vietnamese noodle soup) to bún bò huế(beef vermicelli soup), to hủ tiếu (rice noodle soup) and bún riêu (crab and tomato noodle soup), Vietnamese cuisine offers no shortage of noodle and soup combinations. Each one of these soups taste different and have their own complex profile of spices and flavors, so try them all! Even between soups with the same base, you can usually get different noodles, from flat and wide rice noodles to vermicelli noodles. Slurp away!
The Vietnamese version of a sandwich, the French influence on Vietnam is evident in this dish with the use of a fresh, crispy baguette. This is not your typical ham- and- cheese- on- white, however. With lots of layered meats in various forms, the bánh mì is literally a flavor and texture explosion! Layers typically include pork liver pate, crispy ham, sweetened barbecued pork, steamed pork, chilies or jalapenos, fresh cucumbor, pickled daikon and/ or carrots, and springy cilantro. Add one, or add them all. Either way, you won’t be dissapointed.
Spring Rolls are like the best kind of snack or appetizer. Say goodbye to greasy appetizers, and sticky starters, spring rolls are literally spring fresh and leave you feeling satisfied. A thin rice paper wrap is rolled tightly around an assortment of crunchy lettuce, carrots, vermicelli noodles, and usually has some kind of protein– typically shrimp and pork, although there are many places that also offer tofu as a vegetarian alternative. Dip it in fish sauce or that delicious peanut sauce!
A Vietnamese equivalent to the American grilled cheese sandwich, or the UK’s fish and chips, Cơm Tấm is considered to be “comfort food”. Translated as “broken rice”, this dish started off as what farmers would make using their broken rice grains left over after milling. Though in the past, the broken rice grains were considered “lower- grade” than the normal long grain rice, restaurants are now having to break their own rice grains in order to keep up with the demand. Served with a fried egg, steamed pork, and a sweet, crispy slice of pork, the dish gives you a full flavor profile of salty, sweet, and sour. Accompanied by pickled carrots and daikon, as well as a side of fish sauce, this dish is everythng you could ever want in one meal.