There are small improvised restaurants with the tastiest dishes on every corner of every street. Vietnam has a rich history of more than 4000 years with many cultural influences from, among others, China, Japan and France which is easily reflected in the dishes served in the country.

Those traveling through Vietnam will encounter different dishes in every region. Every city has “its own” traditional dish of which they are extremely proud. Because of this you will eat the best Bún chả in Hanoi and for Cao lầu you have to be in Hoi An. During our journey from North to South Vietnam we came across several intriguing new flavours and memorable food experiences.

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1. Fried rice from the Mekong

Order fried rice, ‘Xoi chien phong’, in the Mekong and you will be completely surprised when they serve it.

In the south of Vietnam, they make a batter from sticky rice and sugar which they deep-fry. While they are deep-frying it, they turn the batter continuously. Because of this the crust slowly inflates and becomes as big as a basketball.

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2. Miss’ Ly steamed fish in banana leaf

Miss Ly in Hoi An was one of our favorite restaurants in Vietnam. It was completely full of locals and we had to wait more than half an hour before a table was available, but it was so worth it.

Our favorite here was definitely the fish steamed in banana leaves.  The moment the banana leaves were opened, the smell of ginger and lemongrass was immediately released. The fish itself was marinated in a curry paste which mainly had citrus tones as well. It was so ridiculously tasty! So, if you are ever in Hoi An: go to Miss Ly!

2. Miss’ Ly steamed fish in banana leaf

Miss Ly in Hoi An was one of our favorite restaurants in Vietnam. It was completely full of locals and we had to wait more than half an hour before a table was available, but it was so worth it.

Our favorite here was definitely the fish steamed in banana leaves.  The moment the banana leaves were opened, the smell of ginger and lemongrass was immediately released. The fish itself was marinated in a curry paste which mainly had citrus tones as well. It was so ridiculously tasty! So, if you are ever in Hoi An: go to Miss Ly!

Gestoomde Vis

3. Vietnamese breakfast

Good morning Vietnam! As far as we are concerned, there is no better breakfast than the Vietnamese Phô.

Phô is, besides the spring roll, Vietnam’s best-known dish. This national dish of Vietnam has different variants, but the Phô ga, with chicken, is our favourite! You can eat the tastiest Phô at one of the street food places in the old quarter of Hanoi.

Pho
Zeeslak Ho Chi Minh

4. Sea snails in Ho Chi Minh

Ok, to be honest, we were not immediately enthusiastic when this dish was served, but if you are in Vietnam for the food and because the locals consider this a delicacy, you have to try it. We ordered something randomly from the menu and got a snail the size of our palm on the table. It was pretty impressive!

The snail was marinated with fish sauce, chili peppers and garlic after which it was grilled on the bbq. Although we reluctantly took the first bite, we had to fight over who could finish it. It was extremely tasty!

4. Sea snails in Ho Chi Minh

Ok, to be honest, we were not immediately enthusiastic when this dish was served, but if you are in Vietnam for the food and because the locals consider this a delicacy, you have to try it. We ordered something randomly from the menu and got a snail the size of our palm on the table. It was pretty impressive!

The snail was marinated with fish sauce, chili peppers and garlic after which it was grilled on the bbq. Although we reluctantly took the first bite, we had to fight over who could finish it. It was extremely tasty!

Zeeslak Ho Chi Minh

5. Egg coffee

Who throws egg yolks in their coffee? Well, the Vietnamese! We liked it so much, that we also put this coffee on this menu. Vietnam has a very strong coffee culture, and you can find trendy coffee shops in almost every street.

The egg coffee is one of the most popular coffee. For this they use 2 egg yolks, caramel syrup, and condensed milk. It is very sweet, but such a treat!

Vietnamese koffie

This top 5 was our inspiration to create our experience menu which
we hope you will enjoy very much!

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