10 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Food in Vietnam

On our authentic food quest through Southeast Asia, we were eager to discover the food in Vietnam as everyone we spoke on our food quest had only one word: “wait until you get to Vietnam!”

To be honest, back home, we are huge fans of Vietnamese cuisine. And to say the least, Vietnam didn’t disappoint us.

For one month, we traveled through Vietnam. Starting in Hanoi, the capital in the North all the way to Ho Chi Minh City, the economic powerhouse in the South.

From the May 2016 visit by President Obama, there was a significant growth of tourism in Vietnam and we felt a sense of renewal in the country.

All of this contrasted with the attachment and fascination to the past with Ho Chi Minh statues and references to “Uncle Ho” throughout the country.

Another distinctive characteristic of Vietnam is the sheer number of motorcycles and their overwhelming presence everywhere!

When it comes to the food in Vietnam, the Vietnamese are proud of their cuisine and they make sure that you get to taste the best of it.

So let’s dive into our surprising facts on the food in Vietnam and what to expect on your trip to Vietnam.

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#1- Food in Vietnam – Regional Differences

The cuisine in Vietnam is influenced by the geography of the country. While the majority of the country is hilly and mountainous, there is a long coast along the South China Sea, that provides fish and other seafood that are staples in Vietnamese cuisine.

The two main symbols of Vietnamese cuisine are rice and a very specific fish sauce to Vietnam called nuoc mam.

Food in Vietnam varies and is divided into three distinct regions, the North, Central, and the South. Our culinary journey took us to each of the regions to explore the distinctive flavors.

In the north, we visited Hanoi. In the central region, we spent time in DaNang, Hoi An and Huế. And finally, Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) in the south.

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As we traversed through the country, we noted regional differences. The north is mountainous and cooler and soups play a large role in the cuisine. The famous Vietnamese pho soup is an example of a northern dish.

The cuisine in the central region is distinct and made up of several small dishes. Huế was once the Imperial Capital of the country and many delicate and creative dishes dedicated to the Kings were invented here.

This was our favorite region for the local food in Vietnam.

HueFoodSpecialties_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestSample platter of specialties from Hue -Bánh Khoai (Vietnamese savory fried pancake), Bánh Nam (steamed rice dumplings) Bánh Loc (translucent tapioca dumplings)

The cuisine in the southern region is influenced by Thai cuisine and is spicier than food from the rest of the country. Coconut based curries served with noodles and rice as well as a wide range of tropical fruits and vegetables are abundant.

#2 – Lots of Fresh Herbs for Flavor in the Food in Vietnam

One observation you will make immediately is how fresh and flavorful the food is.

The Vietnamese use mounds of herbs in their dishes, which make for very fresh and delicious meals. As soon as we arrived in Vietnam from Bangkok, Thailand, we could immediately taste the difference in the food. The herbs used are diverse and plentiful and accompany practically all meals.

Raw herbs are served in a huge bowl and they are chopped, tossed, rolled and wrapped into dishes. From soups, rice, sandwiches, rolls and noodles, the fresh and simple herbs bring forth the delicious flavors of the foods.

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#3 – Be Prepared to Eat Low to the Ground

The typical restaurant culture in Vietnam is not what you might typically expect coming from the U.S. or Europe.  Yes, you will find restaurants with waiters, normal sized chairs, and air conditioned places, but this is not where you want to eat.

The cheapest and the most delicious places to eat are on the city sidewalks in a casual environment. Look for the small plastic stools and join the crowd of locals slurping down delicious bowls of soup.

In Vietnam, people eat very close to the floor, about 30  inches from the ground. And, if you look closer, you will even see local women sitting on even smaller stools, about half the size (about 15 inches) when washing dishes.

If you are afraid of getting sick, check our article on How To Eat Safely On The Street for more tips and practical advice.

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SmallStoolSharingChe_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestSitting on small stools while eating chè dessert with locals in Hanoi

#4- Dedicated Restaurants – One Specialty Meal

When locals want to eat a particular dish, they usually go to a specific street vendor, that specializes in that dish. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, for example, there are particular streets that are named after specialties or crafts. For instance Hang Mam – street of fish sauces and Hang Thiec – street of tinsmiths and tin shops.

Often times, the best way to tackle the food in a city is to think of it as a progressive buffet. For dinner, for example, start with the vendor who specializes in spring rolls.

Then move to the lady who grills nem lui (pork on lemongrass sticks) on the sidewalk.

Then enjoy the best pho soup in town or traditional Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich and finally end your day with chè or Vietnamese traditional desserts from the renowned vendors in town.

Pho Restaurant for Food in Vietnam by Authentic food questOne dish only for our favorite pho restaurant in Hanoi; don't mind the meat at the cashier!

#5- Don’t Miss Chè or Vietnamese Soup Desserts

There is no doubt that the food in Vietnam will surprise and you will want to taste the many dishes and specialties available.

In the same way, you will not want to miss the Chè. Chè are the most popular Vietnamese desserts. In Vietnam, it refers to any traditional sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. You will find many different kinds of chè, served either hot or cold.

CheChuoi_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestChè chuối (with bananas) one of our favorite desserts in Vietnam
CheVendor_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestChè chuối vendor in Hoi An

#6 – Tra Da, Beer and Coffee: the Drinks of Vietnam

When eating in Vietnam don’t expect to find an extensive list of drinks to choose from. The Vietnamese don’t really have the habit of drinking while they eat. They usually drink before or after a meal. Arguably, many Vietnamese dishes are soup based or come with a side soup making it easier to skip the drinks while eating.

 

Tra Da In Lieu of Water 

However, if you find yourself thirsty at a restaurant, the most common drink you will find is called Tra Da. Tra Da is a very mild, yellow-colored iced tea and that doesn’t have much taste. It is available in a big pitcher on every table and is a replacement for tap water.

As we wrote about in the article drinking water safely in Southeast Asia use caution when using the cups and make sure they are clean. Make a habit to use the straws available when using the cups on the table.

TraDa_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestGlass of tra da or mild iced tea

Vietnamese Beer or Bia

Beer is widely popular in Vietnam and very affordable. The price of a beer can be as low as 12,000 VND or $0.50 USD.

The brands of beer you will find vary by region. You will find “Bia Hanoi” in the north, and a variety of “Beer Saigon” in the south. In the central region, “Beer La Rue” is the most common beer.

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One experience not to miss while in Vietnam is to pay a visit to the Bia Hoi “restaurants”. Here you can enjoy freshly made draft beer served in cold glasses with roasted peanuts for a very low price (less than $1USD). The beer itself is really light in alcohol and it is most enjoyed for its coolness.

BiaHoi_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestEnjoy roasted peanuts and a fresh beer Bia Hoi

But more importantly, you will connect and “fit in” with the local as you see Vietnamese workers getting together after work to enjoy a glass (or more) of beers.

Workers having Bia Hoi for Food in Vietnam by Authentic Food QuestWorkers enjoying beer and peanuts at the end of the day in Hanoi

Coffee or Caphe 

Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer of coffee and the local brew is usually served with sweetened condensed milk and referred to as Caphe.

You will find different kinds of coffee that are served both hot and iced ranging from very strong, black or with condensed milk (called ca phe sua) in the South.

The most famous coffee in the north of Vietnam is Egg Coffee (ca phe trung). This is a dark coffee topped with egg yolk whipped with condensed milk into an airy froth.

Ca phe trung is to be enjoyed as a dessert. It is quite rich and tastes similar to tiramisu. One of the best Hanoi food you want to experience!

While in Vietnam, be sure to explore the rich coffee culture.

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#7 – The Vietnamese Will Help You Eat Your Meal

The Vietnamese take a lot of pride in the preparation and presentation of their food. As noted earlier, many of the dishes are eaten with fresh herbs and accompanied with sauces. Often times, there is an order to the way the meals are eaten. The herbs are rolled together in a particular manner, with particular sauces that go with this type of food and not that one.

Da Nang in central Vietnam is one of the best places to eat the traditional local Vietnamese pancake, called Bánh Xèo. The first time we ordered this speciality, the server brought over rice paper, an overflowing bowl of fresh herbs, a thick sauce in a tiny dish, and sizzling pancakes cut up into slices.

Ingredients Banh Xeo for Food in Vietnam_AuthenticfoodquestRice paper, herbs, salad and dipping sauce for bánh xèo.
Ingredients2BanhXeo_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestSizzling pancake to complete the Bánh Xèo

Everything arrived at the same time and we looked at each other not quite sure how to begin. Usually, we take our cue on how to eat unusual dishes from the diners sitting on tables close by.

Unfortunately, this time we were the only ones eating. A little unsure, Rosemary gingerly picked up a piece of rice paper and began stuffing everything in it. The cook from across the restaurant saw the chaos we were creating and quickly came over to show us the proper way to eat bánh xèo.

Preparing Banh Xeo for Food in Vietnam by Authentic food questGetting tips on how best to roll and eat the Bánh Xèo

As we continued to discover other local specialties around the country, the cook or server would always come over to show us the best way to eat the dishes. Well intentioned, their main focus was to make sure you combine the right flavors together for a delicious experience.

When ordering the local specialties in Vietnam, don’t be afraid to ask the best way to enjoy the dishes. Be open when the staff comes to your table to help you enjoy the full flavors and textures of each meal.

#8 – Food Trash Thrown Directly On The Floor

Don’t be surprised when you see trash on the floor in local Vietnamese restaurants. The garbage on the floor is not necessarily an indication of a dirty restaurant, but behavior that is customary at local eateries.

You will see little blue or red plastic garbage bins underneath each table for throwing garbage including inedible ends of fresh herbs. What is striking is that the garbage does not always make it into the plastic bin. You will see white napkins littering the floor.

One thing to mention is that in Vietnam, the napkins are not the traditional napkins you might expect. They are actually pieces of paper that have been cut up into square non-absorbent napkins.

There is often only one plastic bin located at one end of the table, and it is meant to be shared by everyone sitting on a long table. Rather than ask people sharing the table to pass the bin around, locals would simply drop the food trash on the floor until someone comes along to clean it up later.

DirtyTables_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestDirty floors with garbage strewn around

When seated low to the ground, this can make for a pretty disagreeable eating environment. All things considered, learn to ignore the trash on the ground and focus your attention on the delicious food in Vietnam.

#9 –  Eat For Thousands and Live like a Millionaire in Vietnam

The Vietnamese currency is called the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and it is the second least valued currency in the world.

The typical meal at a family restaurant is between $1.10 and $2.50 per person, which means you will end up carrying a lot of Dongs for just one meal.

At the time of writing, $1 USD is equivalent to 22,800 VND. So, for a meal, you can expect to spend between 25,000 VND and 55,000 VND at most casual restaurants. Fortunately, the Dong comes in bills of 10,000 VND and 50,000 VND, which makes it easier to carry so much money around.

Be prepared to spend about 100,000 VND per day on food. You will find that in about one week, you can easily spend over one million Vietnamese Dong on food and drinks alone which equates to only about $44 USD!

VietnameseDong_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestBecome a millionaire in Vietnam

#10 – Helpful Phrases To Navigate the Food in Vietnam

The Vietnamese language compared to the neighboring countries uses the latin alphabet making it easier to read and memorize. Therefore, navigating the food is slightly more accessible or at least less intimidating.

Although English isn’t widely spoken in Vietnam, we didn’t find it much of an issue in making ourselves understood. Here are a few culinary words in Vietnamese, to help you order your next dish. And of course, your vocabulary will expand as you taste and discover new dishes!

Bánh refers to bread or cake and is used in many prepared foods in Vietnam. You will also find it used for many desserts and in the specialty Bánh Mi, the famous Vietnamese sandwich.

Com refers to cook Rice while Ga refers to chicken. One of the common dishes you will find is Com Ga or chicken rice.

Bún typically refers to noodle soup.   means beef which you will find in beef noodle soup like Bún Bò Huế a specialty from Central Vietnam.

The ones you cannot miss and that are mentioned previously are: trà for tea; chè for desserts and bia for beer.

And here are a few more words to help you on your trip to Vietnam:

Hello – Xin Chào

Goodbye – Tạm Biệt

Thank you – Cam On

Delicious- Ngon 

While we don’t intend to provide an exhaustive list of Vietnamese words, these will get you started and familiar with the language. The pronunciation is different from what you read and it takes a bit of practice and listening to the locals to get it right. We strongly encourage you to give it a try!

VietnameseLanguage_FoodinVietnam_AuthenticfoodquestNow you are all set to order in Vietnamese 🙂

Authentic Food Quest Tip: Would you like to replicate Vietnam food at home? Consider taking a cooking class. Read our article 10 Fabulous Reasons to Take a Cooking Class on Your Travels

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In Summary

As you travel through Vietnam, be prepared to travel through time. With an immensely rich culture, Vietnam fascinates with its communist history, the devastation marked by the Vietnam War, and the renewed economic center in Ho Chi Minh, with marked French influence.

The food in Vietnam is as fascinating and vibrant as its culture, with incredible flavors and tastes. Prepare yourself for a delightful culinary tour from the North to the South of Vietnam.  Each region has unique local dishes and specialties that will compete for your attention and affection.

Vietnam has definitely conquered our palate and taste buds. Read more about the local specialties that make the food in Vietnam so tantalizing.

Have you had food in Vietnam before? In the comments below, share with us what surprised you the most about Vietnamese cuisine!

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63 comments

  1. I just spent a few weeks in Vietnam, I love your post! You really hit the nail on the head with everything. I never did find egg coffee in Saigon though, kind of disappointed about that.

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    • Awesome to read Emily that this article captured your experience as well. You are right, we had a hard time finding egg coffee in Saigon as well, but it does exist. Perhaps time for another trip? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I’m a huge fan of Vietnamese food! This list is so comprehensive and there are items on here I haven’t had the opportunity to try. I’ve never heard of chè chuối but I will make it a point to find it when we get to Vietnam!

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    • So glad you enjoyed the article, Tina.The goal is to showcase the local specialties so that travelers can know about the unique food and try them on their travels. So glad to have inspired you to try chè chuối on your next trip. Do let us know what you think about it!! Cheers.

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  3. You’ve actually made me want to visit Vietnam one day after reading this article. Everything looked and sounded so tasty. It looked like a wonderful experience. Also, I’m always fascinated in learning about cultural differences from around the world. We do things so differently here in the U.S.

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    • That’s awesome to hear Tiffany that you are inspired to visit Vietnam. It is indeed a cultural difference as compared to the U.S. The food is also outstanding and something to be savored. So glad you enjoyed the article!! Cheers!

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  4. How interesting! It’s fun to learn more about the cuisine of different countries–I definitely learned things I never knew before! I live not too far away from Vietnam–down south here in Malaysia, but I haven’t had many opportunities to try Vietnamese food!

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    • So glad you enjoyed the article Rachel. We are currently in Malaysia and have actually been surprised by the number of Vietnamese restaurants we’ve seen. However, since you are relatively close to Vietnam, a trip to the country for the food is certainly warranted. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  5. Wow. This post makes me want to grab a snack because that desert soup looksso good. And that ice tea looks so funny with it’s neon color. Also love that most vendors only specialize in one dish. Good to know!!!

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    • Glad this article is making you hungry…that’s what the food in Vietnam does 🙂 Having vendors specialize really makes for tasty dishes. Hope you can visit Vietnam soon and enjoy all the dessert soups for yourself! Thanks Kelly for stopping by.

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  6. The food all looks so good and nice to hear it is so cheap. The trash on the floor does bother me though, not sure I could get used to that. Also, not sure about the iced tea. I think I would probably go with bottled water.

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    • To truly enjoy Vietnam food like a local, means putting aside some of our cultural expectations. The first time seeing the trash on the floor can be offputting, but you realize it’s that bad and someone does come and clean up regularly. You certainly can keep safe with bottled water, though we would recommend taking a GRAYL water bottle instead of using plastic. The point is not to avoid the tea, but to go for the full local experience 🙂

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  7. I was in Thailand and Cambodia over Christmas, but didn’t have time to make it to Vietnam. That will have to be a whole other trip. The food looks so delicious, my mouth is watering just reading your post!

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    • Even though you didn’t make it to Vietnam, it’s probably best you save that for a whole other trip. The food across the three different regions is quite interesting and tasty and different from Thai and Cambodian cuisine. Hope you can get to Vietnam and visit for yourself soon. In the interim…stay hungry for more articles about Vietnamese food 🙂

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  8. Great summary of Vietnamese food, beverages and eating culture! Just to say, I still have at home some coffee my friend brought me from Vietnam. So tasty!

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  9. Interesting, I did not know about the 3 different regions for food. We eat a ton of Vietnamese food like bun and pho, plus I could live off of the coffee (yum). Good tips when I finally make it over there.

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    • That’s awesome to read Jen, that you have awesome Vietnamese food near where you live. You really do taste the regional differences in the food as you travel throughout the country. I do hope you make it over soon. You will be blown away by all the food options. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Taking a food tour Leigh is not a bad idea. You do need to keep an open mind and a tour will offer that peace of mind. There are a variety of soups beyond pho that are quite delicious. I bet you could find something you like:) Yes, the dessert soups…plentiful and all kinds to choose from. So glad you enjoyed reading the article!!

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  10. I am such a fan of Vietnamese food back home as well! I’d definitely eat my way around the entire country 😉 I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. Bookmarking this for the future! I’m drooling now 😉

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    • That’s awesome that you are a huge Vietnamese foodie as well. We were eager to explore the range in the country and it did not disappoint. What’s your favorite dish that you have been able to find back home? Stay hungry…more Vietnam food articles coming up 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Millie. So glad you enjoyed reading. Yes, indeed there are vegetarian options. To be honest, we did not seek out local vegetarian specialties, but with all the fresh veggies available, you will not go hungry as a vegetarian in Vietnam. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Hey!
    Vietnam wasn’t immediately on my bucket list but after I read this post I think it changed a bit :).
    The culture itself is so different and I think it’s worth learning from it!

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  12. Vietnam wasn’t one of the first places on my bucketlist but I read this post and I think that it has moved a bit. The culture in general looks so different I think it’s worth seeing it. You can never learn enough! And about the food: I will definitely try some of those! 🙂

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  13. I’m looking forward to traveling to Vietnam, particularly for the food! I love that the cheapest and the most delicious places to eat are on the city sidewalks in a casual environment. Great way to interact with locals and immerse yourself in the cultural experience. And I love that people go to dedicated street vendors for one thing – how fun to think of the city as a dedicated buffet! Very different from our culture in Australia 🙂

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    • Thanks Meg, how is it different in Australia? That’s one place we haven’t been to yet on our quest. Indeed, the best places for delicious food is in on the sidewalks. We did visit the restaurant President Obama and Anthony Bourdain visited, and while it was not on the streets, it was very casual. Reason being…it has the best pho in Hanoi 🙂 Hope you can get to Vietnam soon. You will absolutely love it!

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  14. What a fabulous and comprehensive post about eating habits and not-to-miss foods in Vietnam. I’m absolutely ravenous now, in need of some pho, cold beer and caphe! Will be bookmarking this for future trips – Vietnam has moved up my list on the strength of the food scene alone. 😉

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    • That’s awesome to read Claudia. So glad you really enjoyed the article. Absolutely, for anyone interested in food, Vietnam is a “must-visit” destination. We’ll be writing more about the food in the coming weeks. That should help you get prepared for your upcoming trip 🙂 Lot’s to enjoy and discover bia, caphe, pho is only the beginning….:) Thanks so much!!

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  15. I never know where you two are showing up next! I love this post, as you sure show what dining is like in Vietnam. Now tell me, can you sit in a regular chair. I’m thinking my back would be sore after sitting on those little chairs. Great tip on that it’s common to see garbage tossed on the floor. So… did you purchase the hanging meat while checking out? Interesting on how herbs are used, as I’m thinking that really adds flavor to all the fish, which looks very popular.

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    • Hi Sara, great to hear from you. Yes, the food culture in Vietnam is indeed quite unique. As they say, do what they do in Rome. The chairs are honestly not that uncomfortable. True it does take some getting used to, but in the end you find a way to get comfortable…without any back problems 🙂 It helps to know in advance about the garbage everywhere. It is important to know that it is not a sign of a dirty restaurant, it is simply the Vietnamese way of eating 🙂 Hope you can get to Vietnam soon. You will love the food 🙂 Appreciate your comments 🙂

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  16. This was so interesting to read. I’ve had Vietnamese cuisine before, but I can only imagine having the authentic fare in Vietnam. That chè looked amazing. I’ve tried it a few different ways and I loved it with mango.

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    • That’s awesome Donnica, that you know che. It is truly unique and filled with so many ingredients. We did not see it with mango in Vietnam, but with we did see it offered with local fruits like dragon fruit. It is indeed worth the trip to Vietnam for the food. Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Thank you so much, Rachel for your comments about the food photography. It is a work-in-progress and we are tweaking things all the time. Looks like it is paying off 🙂 Soup, beer and other local delights. You will find so much to enjoy in Vietnam!

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  17. Hi, Claire. Great article! Never knew there was so much information on Vietnamese food! As you said, sometimes is kind of hard to deal with some aspects of local traditions, like all the garbage on the floor, but we just have to think that somethings these are local customs and we should not judge. We have to take it as all part of the traveling experience. 🙂

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  18. Vietnam has been on my list of next possible destinations for awhile now. I have a habit of eating my way through a country, so would love to try authentic pho full of lots of fresh herbs!

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    • If Vietnam has been on your list, then absolutely make the point of going for it. The food is incredible. So many unique and diverse flavors that go way beyond pho. The good news is that Vietnamese food is on the healthy end of the spectrum…so you can indeed eat your way through the country. Do let us know if we can give you any tips about the food for your trip. Cheers!

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  19. I have always loved vietnamese food, but it seems like being there and tasting it is a real authentic experience. MAybe I should get out there this year and experiment with it. Sounds like a really interesting country.

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    • There is nothing like eating Vietnamese food in Vietnam. It is certainly worth the visit for the experience and the delicious flavors. If you can, do make sure to visit the country. You will absolutely love it!! Thanks Barbara!!

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    • It’s never too late Lillie. Now that you have the tips, you can always plan another trip back to the Vietnam. Yes, you are right, pho is incredible and so different. Can completely how you were scarfing it down!! Amazing food. Cheers!

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  20. I’m not a foodie like you guys, but still have heard tons about how amazing the cuisine is in Vietnam- I would love to experience it myself! (especially anything with peanut sauce…)

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    • For Vietnam, you don’t have to be a foodie by any stretch of imagination. You only have to be open to the new tastes, flavors and ingredients. The food is certainly worth it’s reputation. Hope you can visit Vietnam soon. Thanks so much Tamara.

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  21. This is one foodie destination that I am just DYING to go to. I think I will do nothing but eat Just go from one meal to the next. I love the fact that there are restaurants that serve only one dish and make it amazing. There are a few places I am discovering in Portland that do that as well.

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    • For foodies, Vietnam will not disappoint. The food and the local specialties are incredible. So glad to read that the concept of one meal at restaurants is growing in Portland. You can taste the difference in the quality of the food. Thanks so much, Andi.

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  22. I don’t know how I found your blog but one thing that brought here is the highlight of this post. Vietnamese culinary. I love Vietnam food, and I wish one day I visit the country. Thank you for this amazing information.

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    • So happy that you found authentic food quest and this article. Vietnam is an incredible country. The people, the landscape and the food…truly magnificent. Glad you enjoyed the article and hope you make it to Vietnam soon. Thanks for stopping by!!

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    • That’s a great question Scott. Funny, you should ask about standing. No one really did it and it’s practically difficult to eat a hot steaming bowl of soup for example standing up. You actually get used to the little stools…not the most comfortable, but the delicious flavors draw you in 🙂 Are you planning a trip to Vietnam soon?

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  23. I am so excited to go to Vietnam. It has been on my list of places to travel for quite some time now. I hope to go in the next year or so. I absolutely love Vietnamese food, and can’t wait to try out all their street foods. Thanks for the wonderful article.

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