8 Essential Vietnamese Foods to Eat While in Vietnam

Bánh Mì

This iconic baguette sandwich is a symphony of textures and flavors. A crusty baguette is filled with a variety of ingredients like pâté, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, and various meats like pork belly or floss.

C¡m T¥m

"Broken rice" might sound unappetizing, but this dish is a local favorite. Fragrant broken rice is paired with grilled pork chop, a fried egg, and a sweet and savory dipping sauce.

Bún Bò Hu¿

Anthony Bourdain himself declared this "the greatest soup in the world." Savory beef broth simmered with lemongrass and spices is the star, accompanied by tender beef, rice noodles, and vegetables.

Cao L§u

Unique to Hoi An, this dish features thick rice noodles bathed in a flavorful broth. Toppings include barbecued pork, herbs, and crushed pork rinds. Legend has it that the water used for the broth comes from a well

C¡m Gà

Chicken and rice might seem simple, but Hoi An elevates this dish with fresh, local ingredients. Shredded chicken is marinated in a zesty sauce and served with fragrant turmeric rice, pickled vegetables

Mì Qu£ng

This dish defies categorization - part soup, part salad. Turmeric-infused yellow noodles are served in a light broth and topped with various proteins and vegetables. Don't forget the crunchy toasted sesame rice.

Bánh Xèo

Witness the magic of a sizzling crepe being assembled! This savory pancake, made with rice flour and coconut milk, is filled with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, then folded and enjoyed

Bún Ch£

Hanoi's iconic dish features grilled pork patties served with rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a fish sauce-based dipping broth. This dish gained international fame after a photo of President Obama enjoying.