Vietnam is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that did not succumb to Western control as much as their counterparts like Thailand, Singapore, or Indonesia. That is probably why people like to visit this country. In fact, after easing visa restrictions in Vietnam, millions of people started to visit Vietnam each year.Life is apparently simple there. The simplicity extends even to their food and that makes Vietnamese foods one of the healthiest and tastiest in the world. Here are five Vietnamese foods that you will absolutely love:
When it comes to choosing a national dish, Pho wins hands down without a doubt. Almost everyone in the country eats this broth served with rice noodles, meat, and fresh herbs. When beef and pork bones are used to cook the broth and served with slices of beef, it is called Pho Bo and when beef is substituted with chicken, it is called Pho Ga. It is served everywhere, even in the best restaurants but it certainly tastes the best when eaten at one of the stalls on plastic stools alongside hungry locals.
Vietnamese foods are also influenced by many French flavors, like for example the use of vegetables such as asparagus. Banh Mi or bread is one of those foods developed during French rule. It consists of raw vegetables, shrimp, sausages, pork liver pate with some herbs and chili sauce, served in a baguette.
The dish is so popular among Hanoians that there is a street in the city dedicated to this dish. On a busy day, you can find thousands of people eating a bowl of fried fish pieces served with herbs like ginger, garlic, turmeric, and dill served hot. You can eat Cha Ca at La Vong Street or Than Duong Street in Hoan Kiem District.
Banh means cake, and in Vietnam, you will find a lot of dishes that start with the Banh prefix. For example, Bahn Cuon refers to a leaf made from rice flour and stuffed with minced pork. There is also Bahn Xeo, a stuffed crepe with ingredients like shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts. Banh Khot is another common variant in central Vietnam. The outer crust is made with coconut milk, and the stuffing is made with shrimp and mung beans.
Want some fancy sweet dish after lunch? Enjoy a Chung Bahn or rice cake made from rice, pork, and green beans paste wrapped in bamboo leaves.
The best thing about Vietnamese food is that almost every dish uses fresh ingredients. The use of vegetables and herbs in profusion gives the dishes a wonderful aroma.