In every outdoor market in Vietnam, you will surely encounter xôi xéo. In the Old Quarters, you will even see two restaurants that are fully dedicated to preparing and serving this sumptuous dish.
Xôi xéo is sticky rice dished with ground dehulled mung beans and fried onion toppings. Some people request that it be served with either eggs or steamed chicken.
Just one serving of this delectable dish is very filling, and it can be eaten at any time of the day. Most locals, however, eat it for breakfast or lunch to start their day with their stomachs full.
Bánh cuốn is the Vietnamese counterpart of the French crepe. If the French crepe is made of eggs, wheat flour, and other dairy products, bánh cuốn is made of rice flour and water.
Bánh cuốn stuffing varies, though the most popular filling is a mixture of ground pork, wood-ear, and a healthy dash of seasoning. Vegetarian options are available as well.
The dish is best served with nuoc mam, which is a tasty mixture of fish sauce, sugar, and lime. This is a snack that would both tickle your taste buds and keep your stomach filled.
Vietnamese phở is a world-famous noodle soup dish.
Also called rice noodle soup, phở is everywhere in Hanoi, from street stalls to luxurious restaurants. In fact, if you want to have the best phở experience, you should go to Hanoi, where this dish first proliferated at the start of 20th century.
You may opt to have your noodles topped with beef or chicken, and the corresponding side dish depends on your choice of topping.
Since phở is a local favorite, it would be easy for you to choose which restaurant to eat it in. Just look for the establishment with a long line waiting outside. If it’s worth waiting in line for, then their phở must be pretty good.
Bún thang is another delicious Vietnamese noodle soup dish, but while phở noodles resemble linguine noodles, bún thang noodles resemble spaghetti noodles.
Compared to phở, bún thang is less filling. Therefore, it is served more as a snack rather than as a meal.
The chicken broth blends nicely with the flavor of the noodles. Toppings for the dish include sliced eggs, steamed chicken, and onion and herb garnishing.
If you want an alternative to the famous phở, look no further than this tasty dish named bún thang.
Cha ca La Vong
Cuisine experts have nothing but high praise for this fish dish. Cha ca la vong has received great reviews from chefs all over the world for its unique and memorable taste.
The fish used to make cha ca la vong is chosen carefully to make sure there will be few fish bones in the dish. The fish is then grilled and served with bún (rice noodles), green onions, and peanuts. It is seasoned with dill and shrimp paste.
This dish is much more expensive than other local food dishes, but the price is well worth it. A visit to Vietnam should be always capped off with a savory Cha ca la vong feast.