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Vietnam is recognized worldwide for its incredible cuisine for all tastes, based on fresh ingredients. The most common elements are chicken, beef, fish, and seafood; all of these are seasoned with abundant aromatic herbs, rice, rice noodles, and soy and fish sauces.

There is a variety of foods that you cannot miss during your visit to this country, but some of the most important ones are:


This is the Vietnamese version of Chinese spring rolls. This variety is fried in plenty of hot oil and usually served as a starter. Unlike the Chinese version, these are rice wafers stuffed with pork, onions, mushrooms, and cabbage. Other versions are stuffed with chicken, crab, or prawns.

Another kind of Nems is the Goi Cuon. These are served in summer, are not fried, and are filled with fresher ingredients such as lettuce or fresh herbs. They are often served with peanut sauce.


This is the most popular dish in Vietnamese food. It is food that can be eaten any time of the day, served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pho is a soup made with meat broth, rice noodles, and traces of meat. This soup is seasoned with lime, bean sprouts, pepper, chives, mint, basil, or cilantro.

Bun Bo Hué

This dish is very similar to Pho, but with the difference that the rice noodles used are much thinner. The base of this soup is made from the bones of beef and osso buco seasoned with bell pepper and lemongrass. It is normally served piping hot with a variety of vegetables.

Cao Lau

This is a typical dish from Hoi An city in the central region of Vietnam. This dish is composed of pork, rice noodles, and local vegetables. An ancient legend says that this term can only be made in this city because the noodles must be boiled with special water found only in the city’s wells.

Banh Mi

This dish is an adaptation of a snack from the French colonial era. A baguette bread is used to make this dish, and it is filled with one or more types of meat, along with seasonings of various kinds and vegetables. Some are also stuffed with grilled meats such as chicken, cold cuts, or even stuffed with pork liver pate.

Some of the vegetables most commonly used to accompany this dish are cucumber slices, cilantro, pickled carrots, or white radishes. Spread this delicacy on a Maggi sauce, spicy chili sauce, mayonnaise, or cheese sauce.

My Van Than

This Vietnamese dish is composed of wonton, which in this country is a paste made from rice flour. This Vietnamese custom is an evident influence on Chinese culture in its gastronomy. Therefore, it is common to find it in the country’s north, especially in Hanoi.

This dish consists of a clear, sweet, and light broth made with shrimp, pork bones, sturgeon, salt, and Chinese medicinal herbs. Fresh noodles and ravioli made from wonton are added when the broth is ready. Finally, it is accompanied by grilled pork, mushrooms, a quarter of a boiled egg, fresh shrimp, and vegetables.

Mi Quang

This is one of the most popular dishes in the central part of the country. It is a straightforward dish to prepare and is part of the culinary offerings of street food stalls.

It comprises rice noodles covered with coriander, basil, and mint. An intensely flavored broth is added from beef bones or meat.

Other information about Vietnam tourism

You can’t miss all these splendid dishes during your visit to the country, but remember, some countries require a special visa to be able to enter the country for a certain period of time.

If you don’t know what documents you need, depending on your country of residence, don’t worry! At ****, you can find all the information you need and [apply for your Vietnam visa] with the help of an expert.

Another critical piece of travel information is COVID-19. For now, the government does not require visitors to present a vaccination certificate, a COVID-19 test, or quarantine if the visitor enters via air.

However, a negative COVID-19 test result will be required within 24 hours of arrival for those entering by road, rail, or sea.

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