Emerging as a small S-shaped country, Vietnam, in fact, is a world of all shapes and sizes. As a traveler, you are not only able to immerse yourself in marvelous hotspots but you’ll have the opportunity to take authentic bites of Vietnemese dishes. That’s exactly what I’ve experienced in my trip from North to South in this tiny but vibrant country. Each place I’ve been to left a great impression on me. Once I’ve tasted the exquisite local dishes, I had plenty of new food experiences to keep my travel journal kicking. Vietnamese cuisine culture is characterized by diverse regional variations so if you’re persistent enough to explore, following my 3 distinctive regional Vietnamese dishes promise to make your day.
Cha Ca Ha Noi (Dried Fish)
If you’re wandering around the capital city of Vietnam and looking for things to tantalize your appetite, you should give Cha Ca a try. Cha Ca is one of the most famous traditional dishes in Vietnam. From the very first step to the final, it takes locals lots of time and effort to tailor this dish. All you’ll smell when popping in Cha Ca restaurants is irresistible aroma penetrating the atmosphere. A marinated fish dish, grilled on charcoal and fried in the hot pan is definitely a treat of your lifetime.
Cha ca Ha Noi
Best must-try Cha Ca restaurants in Ha Noi
Cha Ca La Vong
La Vong is the name of one street in the Old Quarter. As its namesake, Cha Ca La Vong has become a symbol of the capital city. The interesting part of Cha Ca La Vong is the harmonious combination of fresh and leafy herbs. Cha Ca is boiled in the vegetable oil pan and served with rice vermicelli, peanuts, coriander, and dill. What’s more, Cha Ca Lang Vong wouldn’t be the same without freshly spiced onion. Now is your time to take a stroll around the vibrant street in the Hanoi Old Quarter and then ease your stomach with a hot and crispy bowl of Cha Ca Lang Vong.
Cha Ca Anh Vu
Located in Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Cha Ca Anh Vu has emerged as a gastronomic getaway of many Hanoians and foreign tourists. You’ll be served with wonderful tasting food at incredibly low prices. Isn’t is great ot enjoy traditional dishes without having to spend a lot of money?
Cha Ca Kinh Ky
Another recommendation for those who seek the original taste of Cha Ca Ha Noi is Kinh Ky Restaurant ,which attracts a huge number of daily arrivals. The fish pieces are added with seasonings and grilled on an open coal oven until they turn yellow. Then, you’ll enjoy it together with other ingredients such as coriander or basil.
Bun Bo Hue (Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup)
Bun Bo Hue is another local dish that makes Vietnamese cuisine a delicacy. To date, Bun Bo Hue has been introduced to most other places of the country but it is still a top iconic dish of Hue, Central Vietnam cuisine. The main ingredients include rice vermicelli, beef shank, pork knuckle, beef paste and spicy broth. Locals combine these things subtly and harmoniously to create a revered dish of their culture. For my first try, I knew that I was going to list Bun Bo Hue as my favorite noodle soup. The fragrance of lemongrass in the broth made me leave nothing left on my plate, not even a single dip of sauce. In my mind, Bun Bo Hue is a tasty and cheap breakfast to kick off your new traveling day.
Bun Bo Hue
Best must-try Bun Bo restaurants in Hue
Bun Bo Me Keo
Say hello to your morning breakfast with a bowl of Bun Bo Me Keo, which embraces Hue cuisine in every single ingredient. You can take a fresh bite of tender pork chops served with leafy herbs and finely-sliced banana. This is a unique ingredient that you couldn’t find somewhere else. You should try to get a treat because the restaurant is loaded with streams of people making their way to conquer Bun Bo Me Keo.
Bun Bo Hue Ngu Uyen
Situated in 19 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hue, Bun Bo Hue Ngu Uyen has attracted a huge number of locals and foreigners. Needless to say, this restaurant will provide you with an authentic taste. If you go for one meal, you’ll definitely come here again. Spicy broth and aromatic herbs. Crunchy!
Hu Tieu Sai Gon
Are you a fan of street food? Is it cool to experience a bowl of noodle on a hectic sidewalk? If so, you shouldn’t miss the chance of tasting Hu Tieu Nam Vang on your trip around Ho Chi Minh City (HCM). Hu Tieu Nam Vang has long been seen as a typical street food lunch in HCM. If you walk around the city for a while, you’ll bump into numerous Hu Tieu Restaurants on the pavement. All you need is to grab an open seat, order a bowl and wait for a bowl of noodle, served with a good amount of soft rice noodles, sliced pork, liver, intestines, and pepper, green onions or cilantro. I was really overwhelmed to see a plate of raw vegetables including onions, cabbage and more to make for a charming treat.
Hu Tieu Nam Vang
Best must-try Hu Tieu restaurant in Sai Gon
Hu Tieu Cao Thang
Hu Tieu Cao Thang is full of "fans" in the morning
Actually, countless streets exist with Hu Tieu Nam Vang restaurants in Sai Gon for you pay a visit but the most impressive place I’m gonna share is Hu Tieu Cao Thang. I bumped into this place while I was riding a bike along Cao Thang road. I popped in due to my curiosity to see why there were a bunch of people slurping bowls of hot noodles. Without thinking, I gave it a try! A pork bone broth served with chili sauce, sliced meat, egg, shrimp and garnished by a variety of green herbs. I loved every moment of Hu Tieu Nam Vang.
Have you ever had a bite of Vietnamese cuisine? If you’re ever thinking of tasting authentic Vietnamese dishes, your time is now. Try to see how the magic works! helloVietnam provides the chance to make your own tour. You’ll get to take advantage of your trip to Vietnam to get the first-hand experience of local cuisine culture.