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5 Native Delicacies to Try on Your First Trip to Vietnam

Do you love Vietnamese food and are craving to try the real thing? Read the Top 5 Native Delicacies to try on your next trip to Vietnam!

Are you a big fan of Vietnamese food like we are? Prepare to let your mouth water as you read about all the delicious street food available in Vietnam!

1. Phở bò (Beef Noodles)

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Singaporeans will easily recognise this Vietnamese delicacy, with the popularity of restaurants like Nam Nam. Phở typically consists of soup, beef, and noodles, but there can be differences in noodle width, broth sweetness and spices depending on whether the Phở is made in Hanoi or Saigon. Southern Vietnamese usually have Phở for breakfast, along with their famous coffee.

2. Bánh mì (Vietnamese Baguette)

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Or what you can call ‘The Vietnamese Baguqette.’ The classic version of Bánh mì normally consists of Vietnamese cold cuts, cheese, together with vegetables such as carrot or cucumbers. Some places offers a vegetarian option where its made with tofu.

The Bánh mì has many variations. There’s a vegetarian variation where it is made with tofu instead of cold cuts, which you can usually find by the Buddhist temples during special religious events. When eaten for breakfast, it typically has fried eggs and onions, with a sprinkling of soy sauce. Another popular variation is the Bánh mì kep kem, a dessert street snack commonly stuffed with scoops of ice cream, topped with crushed peanuts.

3. Ăn ốc (Seawater Snails)

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The name not only refers to the actual snails, but the pastime associated with it.Ăn ốc or ‘snail eating’ is an integral part of Vietnamese culture: It is typically eaten with a round of beers, as friends or colleagues gather and socialize after the work day or the weekend.

A wide seafood selection is normally displayed at the front of the food stall or restaurant, and you can choose from snail shells, cockles, clams, as well as shrimps and crabs.  After picking out your shells, you can decide to have it either grilled, sautéed, or coated in salt and chili.

4. Gỏi cuốn (Spring Rolls)

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Vietnamese spring rolls are another delicacy popular among many Singaporeans. The spring rolls can be served in two ways: freshly wrapped, or deep fried. Whichever way they are served, they usually have rice noodles, vegetables, cooked pork and cooked prawn meat. Integral to the dish is the dip sauce, which is made of sweet soy sauce mixed with chopped, roasted peanuts.

5. Bánh canh (Big Noodles)

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This is another Vietnamese dish that has variations across the country. At its most basic, it’s a noodle dish. In Southern Vietnam, it’s served with pork knuckles or crab, while in Central Vietnam, it can be served with snakeheads. Sometimes the broth is a Vietnamese-style coconut soup. Whichever version you get to taste, be sure to add a bit of chili and lime!

Not sure what else to do in Vietnam? Here are some options that you can consider when traveling in Vietnam!

>> Hanoi Street Food Tour
>> 1-day trip to Perfume Pagoda
>> Mekong Delta Speedboat Tour

1 comment on “5 Native Delicacies to Try on Your First Trip to Vietnam

  1. My boyfriend, being the foodie that he is, will love this as his reference for our trip to Vietnam in October. lol.


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