Vietnam’s Best Eats


One of the healthiest cuisines in the world, Vietnamese dishes feature plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables. Rice and noodles are also a big part of Viet cuisine. These are some of the Vietnamese dishes that you cannot miss.

Banh cuon

Steamed rice rolls filled with minced pork and mushrooms, topped with fried shallots

Banh khot

Mini pancakes made with coconut milk and rice flour topped with shrimp, mung beans, spring onions, fried garlic or dried shrimp flakes

Bahn mi

French baguette sandwich stuffed with pork, pate, eggs, carrots, cilantro, cucumber

Banh tom

Sweet potato shrimp fritters

Banh xeo

Crispy savoury crepe stuffed with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts, served with lettuce

Bo la lot

Grilled minced beef wrapped in betel leaf

Bo luc lac

Beef cubes wok-fried with garlic, pepper, onions, soy sauce

Bot chien

Fried rice flour cakes with egg, topped with papaya slices, shallots and green onions

Bun bo Hue

Spicy beef and pork vermicelli noodle soup

Bun cha

Round rice noodles with grilled pork, served with dipping sauce, pickled carrots and papaya, and fresh herbs

Bun dau mam tom

Vermicelli noodle with fried tofu and fermented shrimp paste

Bun thang

Rice vermicelli noodles with chicken, egg strips and pork

Bun thit nuong

Grilled pork on vermicelli noodles with herbs, pickles, topped with crushed peanuts and scallions, served with fried spring roll

Cao lau

Hoi An speciality – rice noodles with barbecued pork slices, crunchy pork crackling, sbean sprouts and local greens

Ca phe trung

Egg coffee – egg yolk whipped with condensed milk into an airy froth and mixed with Vietnamese coffee

Cha ca la vong

Fried/grilled fish marinated with turmeric, shrimp paste and fish sauce served over rice noodles with dill and spring onions


Sweet soup or pudding filled with beans, jelly, tropical fruits and seeds, served with crushed ice and topped with coconut cream

Com ga Hoi An

Hoi An chicken rice – rice cooked in chicken broth and turmeric, served with shredded chicken, shredded papaya and herbs

Com tam

Broken rice served with grilled pork chops, shredded pig skin, egg meat loaf, cucumber, tomato, pickled vegetables, fried egg and dipping sauce

Ga tan

Stewed herbal chicken soup

Goi cuon

Spring rolls made with shrimp, pork, fresh veggies and vermicelli noodles rolled in rice paper

Goi cuon or Vietnamese spring rolls can be eaten as a snack, appetiser or meal with nuoc mam cham (fish sauce dip) or peanut sauce

Hu tieu

Rice noodle soup with pork, prawns and fish balls

Mi quang

Hoi An speciality – turmeric noodles topped with roasted pork, shrimp, fresh lettuce, mint, basil, garlic, spring onions, quail eggs and crushed peanuts

Nom hoa chuoi

Banana flower salad mixed with green papaya, carrots, and cilantro along with chicken


Rice noodle soup with beef or chicken, spring onions, onions and herbs

Pho Bo or rice noodle soup with beef is regarded as the national dish of Vietnam
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Rau cau dua xiem

Coconut pudding

Rau muong

Stir-fried water spinach with garlic


Sticky rice mixed with meat, eggs, peanut, beans, fruit or coconut