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This is the 10 Vietnamese food to try before you die

“Vietnamese food  it is unforgettable, exotic, inexpensive, and a guaranteed tasty as hell! Here is Contiki’s guide to the Vietnamese dishes you need to indulge in while you’re there, because we’d be lying to ourselves if food isn’t one of the many reason why we enjoy travelling so much. Right?”


Get your taste buds ready with this Vietnamese food…

1. Pho The national dish of Vietnam. It is a delicious rice-noodle broth flavoured soup with chicken or beef, topped with an assortment of herbs. It’s normal to eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And it’s pronounced ‘fuh’.

2. Goi cuon and com chien Rice paper rolls filled with prawns that have satay sauce drizzled and a side of fried rice mixed with sausages.

3. Nam Neung – are so cheap and the best way to consume copious amounts of pork rolls WITH crackling and dipping sauce. It’s also really fun rolling your own!

4. Thit Nuong The crispy pork wins our heart every time. Go local, and head into authentic Vietnamese joints, where you’ll find it served with rice noodles! You won’t regret it.

5. Drip coffee or in Vietnamese terms, ‘Ca phe sua da’. It’s dark roasted coffee, through a drip filter over condensed milk, that is then mixed with ice. The first time you try it, you won’t understand it. But it will grow on you, and you will learn to love it!

Additionally, check out the local markets for a taste of how the locals do business.

Bến Thành Market in Ho Chi Minh and the local food market in Hoi An are two of the best. There are markets and street vendors everywhere but especially in Ho Chi Mihn, Hoi An and Hanoi! If you decide to go on a cooking tour, they will guide you on the kinds of produce you should be buying, and how to cook authentic Vietnamese dishes (worth it).

6. Cao lầu is a unique dish that is usually only be found in Hoi An. It consists of noodles, thinly sliced pork, bean sprouts, greens and it’s truly delicious.

7. Banh Bao Vac or White Rose dumplings can also be found in Hoi An, and if you love dumplings, you will go crazy for this dish. It’s shrimp wrapped around translucent white rolls with toasty bits of garlic and sweet dipping sauce.

8. Delicious assortment of stir fried dishes. Hail to the tuna, mixed seafood, and vegetables dishes. So simple, yet so gratifying.

9. Com Ga – Possibly one of the best meals in Vietnam. It’s crispy chicken over a bed of rice and if you take a close look at that little bowl with a lime in it – they mix salt and pepper together, and squeeze lime over it to complement your chicken!

10. Delicious chicken rissoles drizzled with a home-made sweet chilli sauce.

Vietnamese Food: Hot tips so you’re in the know… 

  • Nước chắm: Let those words sink into your brain. That is the infamous Vietnamese dipping sauce that’s usually accompanied with most dishes. It’s sweet, sour, and a lil’ spicy.
  • Ca Phe: is coffee. When you’re on the road, you’ll no doubt need a hit of caffeine, and the Vietnamese sure know how to make good coffee.
  • Goi: VEGETARIANS – This will be the most important word for you in Vietnam. It means ‘salad’. So when in doubt – ‘Goi’.

Why not start the foodie adventure across Asia your hungry heart always desired? Check out the trips that Contiki runs that’ll have you dropping delicious food, left right and centre.  Visit contiki.com for more inspiration.


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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!


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