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Vietnamese Dishes Local dishes in Vietnam

White Rose

"Known locally in Hoi An as 'Banh Bao Vac', White Rose are little dumplings made just by one family in Hoi An where they distribute them to most of the restaurants in the town."

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Bún Thịt Nướng

"An amazing dish of cold vermicelli rice noodles topped with various meats and usually chopped fried spring roll. I usually ask for everything."

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Tàu Hủ (đá)

"Sweet tofu dessert. The name of it varies (tàu hủ nước đường, tàu hủ hoa or tào phớ, đậu hủ, tàu hủ), as does the way it's served but it's sweet tofu served either warm or with ice."

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Bánh mì

"Bagettes with various fillings (usually pate, salad, coriander and multiple meats or fish). I like to have it with 'everything' (including a freshly fried egg)."

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Chả Cá

"A northern Vietnamese dish of fish cooked in turmeric and dill, served with veg and noodles. When I had it, they cooked the fish, dill and spring onions on the table in front of me, then I had to put together the meal, one small bowl at a time."

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Phở

"The most famous Vietnamese dish. Beef noodle soup."

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Bánh xèo

"Pancake usually with a mixture of meat and seafood. Usually cut up and wrapped in lettuce leaves before being dipped in a chilli sauce, although the method of eating apparently changes depending on the region."

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Cơm tấm

"'Broken rice' gets its name from the fact the rice didn't meet the standards for exporting (usually because the grains were too small, that's all). Traditionally it was served as a cheap meal along with various meat or fish."

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Bánh giò

"Rice dumpling filled with seasoned meat. I've only had it once (so far) but it was seriously good."

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Phở chua

"A northern sour (chua) version of Phở without the soup. It's a great and really different to the standard Phở but I didn't see it much."

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Bún bò Huế

"Similar to Phở but from the Huế region. Said "Boon bo hway"."

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Bún riêu

"Crab and tomato soup. Usually with a mix of various other miscellaneous items."

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Bún Chả

"A dish from Hanoi of noodles with grilled pork patties and a tasty sauce."

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Bún Đậu

"Street food from the north but now popular in Saigon too. Rice noodles are pressed, cut in to cubes and served with tofu and a selection of meats."

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Bánh mì ốp la

"Amazing breakfast of bread, eggs and meat."

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Bún bò Nam Bộ

"Delicious noodle dish originally from the south."

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Bánh flan

"Crème caramel, served all over Vietnam but with various names (bánh flan, kem flan & kem caramen). The best I had was around Ba Vì National Park."

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Vegetarian & Vegan food in Vietnam

"Unfortunately most of the best Vietnamese cuisine is centred around meat. Of course you can find vegetarian and vegan food, especially in the cities, but you won't be able to try most local dishes."

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Vietnamese coffee (cà phê)

""Cà phê": Dark, strong, bitter and delicious! Usually brewed in a little metal filter which sits on top of a glass and drips."

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Craft beer

"There's a growing craft beer scene in Vietnam, especially in Saigon and Hanoi."

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Cao Lầu

"Pork noodle dish only found in Hoi An where it has to be made using water from one of the local wells."

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Mì Quảng

"Another speciality of Hoi An and the surrounding region, Mì Quảng is a noodle dish with pork, shrimp and herbs, sometimes topped with some rice crackers."

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Kem Ống

"Long thin "tube" ice cream on a stick, sold from metal pots, usually on the back of a bike in Hoi An."

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Bò Né

"Beef steak (and maybe other meats including meatball, pate and sausage) with egg and veg, all sizzling on a plate. 'Né' roughly means "stand back" due to the sizzling/spitting from the hot plate."

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Bia Hoi

"Local unregulated draught beer, mostly found around Hanoi."

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Cơm Hến

"Small mussels or clams (out of their shell) mixed with rice and other things. Originally from Huế."

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