Travelers go around the world to experience the unique places different countries have to offer. When on trips, one of the most enjoyable things to indulge in is food. It goes without saying that the best way to get to know a country is by trying out the diverse food items on the table.
There is nothing like Vietnamese cuisine. Sure, there are many Vietnamese restaurants all over the world, but surely nothing compares with authenticity—food that is made in the country itself is just simply different and undoubtedly better.
Fish, chicken, beef, pork, and seafood are used in most, if not all, Vietnamese dishes. This country’s cuisine has a mixture of French, Thai, Chinese, and even influences, and these are some of the healthiest food around because there is a great amount of vegetables involved. The tasty and healthy qualities are the reasons why there are Vietnamese restaurants all over the world.
Below are some of the best food items in Vietnam:
One of the country’s most famous dishes, the Pho is a noodle soup served with beef, chicken, or seafood. This has been passed on from so many generations, so it’s difficult to trace exactly where it started. There are many ingredients in this dish, which means that it could take a while to prepare. The broth alone is a mixture of an array of ingredients such as bones, ginger, onions, flank steak, and different spices. Most servings of this dish has separate bean sprouts and leaves to be put on by the diner.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Also called “fresh rolls,” this is a huge favorite of locals and tourists alike. Unlike most kinds of spring rolls, this appetizer is not fried. Wrapped in rice paper, this dish is stuffed with vegetables, herbs, pork, and shrimp. It is served in room temperature and is usually served with peanut sauce or other types of Vietnamese sauces. Simply mouth-watering!
Bahn chung or steamed cake is another Vietnamese favorite. Made with glutinous rice, mung bean, and some spices, making this takes a lot of time and patience. More than 10 hours is needed for the slow-cooking of the rice alone. Pork, soya, and other spices are then added and then wrapped in la dong or banana leaves. This is most famous in celebrations such as the new year.
The Com tam, which translates to “fractured rice grains” makes a mouth-watering dishes served with grilled pork on rice. Restaurants serve it in different ways, but the common serving is with vegetables, prawns, and soup. This is a filling dish best for lunch or dinner, and definitely truly Vietnamese.
Most people are familiar with the Cha gio because it is served all over the world. Unlike the Bahn chung, this appetizer is fried. It contains mushrooms and ground meat mixed with different diced vegetables. It is served with flavorful condiments, usually with the fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, and the chili mixture of the nuoc mam pha, a classic favorite.