If you are planning to go on a trip to Vietnam, then you should know that there are many delicacies waiting for you to taste them. Regardless of if you are going from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you will find many people ready to take you on a food tour around the city. And this is because the food here is so amazing. For you to taste everything in this place, you will need to stay longer than just a week or so.
In fact, when you get here, do hire a company to take you on the food tour so that you can experience the best of Vietnam and its dishes. It does not matter if you are vegetarian or a vegan, joining the tour will help you see Vietnam for what it is. Obviously, you do not have to eat things you do not want to. But you will learn a lot about the city and its dishes.
One of the great tour guides is the Hanoi Street Food Tour. The guide would take you through the intense network of the alleyways that make up the Hanoi’s Old Quarter. In fact, you will need them since without a guide, you will get lost. Additionally, you will also walk past the best bowl of Bun Cha or Pho without knowing it. And these are some things that you should not avoid when on a food tour.
In fact, if you do not want to walk, you can easily opt to sit on a scooter and enjoy the food tour. For moving around on a motorbike, hire the Saigon Food Tour as they offer the best experience of the authentic food life at night.
Noodles and More Noodles!
There are many varieties of noodle soups in Vietnam. And one of the most famous ones is the Pho that many travelers love as well. You will easily be able to find a delicious bowl of Pho at any street vendor for just $1 to $2 dollars. If you are not full of one bowl, you can order one more.
As soon as you have tasted this dish, try out the other delicious noodle dishes that you can find around. Bun Bo Hue is a great dish as well. It is a beef noodle soup that originated from the city Hue. This noodle is a bit thicker and rounder than the Pho. And its broth is a mixture of lemongrass, shrimp paste, and sugar with a little bit of chili oil mixed in it.
Another common noodle dish here is the Bun Rieu. It is a south dish that you must try as well. It has a tomato-based broth that is cooked with crab paste and shrimp, eggs and tamarind and is served with freshwater crabs or pork. If you want to enjoy the true local experience of Vietnam, go for the pork-cram combo.
Get Your Hands Involved
Vietnamese food culture rarely allows you to use spoons and forks. Chopsticks are offered to you in every restaurant and if you are a newbie, it would be a challenge for you. But so you know, you can use your fingers and hands where needed. For instance, you can use your hands for eating grilled seafood.
You will find many shops offering the same all over the streets of Vietnam. If you want the freshest seafood, head to the shores of Da Nang or Nha Trang. You can purchase the seafood here and get them cooked for you local style. But that is not all. You should also try out the Banh Xeo, which is a savory pancake filled with many ingredients including vegetables, shrimp and pork. These pancakes come rolled in lettuce or other herbs with some peanut sauce dippings.
One last dish that does not involve utensils and is a must-try is the Banh Mi. It is a sandwich that is popular amongst travelers and moto-taxi drivers. It comes stuffed with meat, chilies, cilantro, cucumbers, and an assortment of other ingredients. I can go on and on about the various dishes available in Vietnam. So, when you are there, do try out other things as well. You will love them!