Pho (Vietnamese noodle), bun rieu cua (crab soup with vermicelli), and bun cha (grilled pork & noodle) are street food dishes that captivate thousands of international visitors. Here are the four most famous Vietnamese dishes.
This is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork & noodle. Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white rice noodle (bun) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. The dish was described in 1959 by Vietnamese food writer Vu Bang (1913–1984) who described Hanoi as a town “transfixed by bun cha”.
Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich)
In 2013, Nha Trang’s sidewalk banh mi was voted by National Geographic as one of 11 most delicious street foods in the world while banh mi sold on the sidewalk of Nguyen Trai Street, Saigon topped the list of 12 street foods by US travel magazine Conde ‘Nast Traveler. In addition, this dish also received praise from many international tourists.
Chuoi nep nuong (Vietnamese grilled banana sticky rice)
Grilled banana sticky rice is made of banana, coconut milk and sticky rice then grilled to perfection. It’s crispy, smoky and fragrant. You then enjoy it with a lightly sweetened creamy coconut sauce and a pint of roasted peanuts. If you are new to Vietnamese snacks or dessert, this banana treat is a must to try.
Bun rieu (Vietnamese crab noodle soup)
This is a Vietnamese rice vermicelli soup. There are several varieties of bun rieu, including bun rieu cua (crab noodle soup), bun rieu ca (fish noodle soup), and bun rieu oc (snail noodle soup). Bun rieu cua (crab noodle soup) is served with tomato broth and topped with crab or shrimp paste.