The trip to Vietnam will not be completed if you did not try the street food heaven here. Let me showcase you the must try some of the Vietnamese street food collection that will make your mouth watered and be back for even more!
1. Bánh tráng nướng (Vietnamese pizza style)
Appealing piece of street food art. The seller first bakes the crispy rice paper on a small charcoal stove, while the crunchy base slowly forms, then she will skillfully spread egg, chilli sauce and mayonnaise all over it and leave it awhile to fully cooked. Topping as your choice: dry beef or chicken, shrimp powder, cream cheese, chilli powder and spring onion. Da yummm, you now can have this mouth watering food in 2 styles: roll it and have it while you stroll along the street or sit down and cut it in small pieces like the way you eat a slice of pizza.
2. Xắp xắp (gỏi khô bò)
Craving for salad? I’ve got you covered, let try the Dalat version of green papaya mix. A little of julienned papaya, some bovine lungs marinated and poached until they have unique black colours, added some cinnamon scented leaves and tamarind fish sauce. Tada! Now sit back and enjoy the scrumptious salad.
3. Bánh mì
Forget Subway, you better off with bánh mì while in Vietnam.. Not too heavy, yet so convenient and cheap, the sandwich is the perfect choice for busy people. It is the unique mix of French baguette and local taste: meat slices, pate, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs are stuffed inside the baguette, added with juicy sauces. You can have this for any meal of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch.
4. Nem chua rán (fried sour roll)
This is a speciality of Hanoi. To make the rolls, the seller will blend the cured pork with shredded pork skins and then form the shape. Then they are coated finely with flour and deep fry. Served with chilli sauce, vegetable, and herbs, this could be your best snacks while wandering around the Vietnam capital.
5. Bánh tráng trộn (Mixed Rice Paper)
Ready to be addicted to this flavoursome dish like almost every Vietnamese is? This legendary is a complex combination of several ingredients: Shredded scallion rice paper type, chilly powder, dry shrimp and seasoned fried onion are put together in advance. When you order, the seller works her magic: julienned mango, scented herbs, peanut, a mix of special sauces, dry beef, boiled quail egg and the premix rice paper are well mixed in a small bowl. Voila, you get your little yummy bag and allow your tongue to be spoiled.
6. Bánh bèo (Vietnamese savoury steam rice cake)
Originated from the middle of Vietnam, the name of this food is literally mean “water fern cake”, because of its shape and the way it is served. This delicious water fern version is normally served in tiny cute bowls, (you can easily wow your friends with photos of yourself having 20 bowls or so), top with shrimp paste, spring onion and light sweet fish sauce. Sound simple yet it is so rich in taste.
7. Ốc (snails)
Err, many of you will have that reaction, but not quite so to the Vietnamese, they love eating sea snails. Basically, you pick the snail types, order the way you like them to be cooked: steamed, fried, sautéed, coated in chili and salt, or grilled, then you pick the topping: lemongrass, coconut milk, chili sauce, scallions and crushed peanuts, then waited for your creativeness clicked with the chef. I bet you will have a completely different view of this nutritious creature after having your tasty snail dish.
8. Bánh xèo or sizzling pancake
To the fans of pancake, no I’m not talking about those hotcakes you normally grab from McD for breakfast, this is a completely different story. Rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric powder are the base ingredient of the watery batter, it is then pan fried with sliced pork, shrimp, mushroom and bean sprouts. Get yourself a big lettuce, add some herbs, wrap the straight-from-the pan pancake, dip in the tasty fish sauce, superb!!
9. Cơm tấm (Vietnamese broken rice)
As an Asian, I don’t go a day without rice, if you are like me, you will love to fill your tummy with this phenomenal dish. Like bánh mì, you can easily spot Cơm tấm at every street corners and have it for any meals though it is traditionally for breakfast. The panda-leave-fragrant rice (fractured rice grains), still steamy hot, is served in a plate with juicy grill pork chop, cucumber, chả (blended mushroom, egg, pork and glass noodle, stuff as a “cake”), top with spring onions and shred pork skin. Added a little bit of sweet and sour fish sauce and your tummy has risen to heaven!
10. Fruit ice cream
For desert lovers, you won’t be left out, this rich creamy texture desert will complete your street food tour: 2 scoops of ice cream, fruits (papaya/ watermelon/ jackfruit/ avocado, etc), pudding and finally added with sweetening coconut milk and top with crushed peanut.
So, to all foodies travellers, have you packed your bag yet? Feeling hungry? We can show you the way to Vietnam Foodie Heaven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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