"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."
"An amazing dish of cold vermicelli rice noodles topped with various meats and usually chopped fried spring roll. I usually ask for everything."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"'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."
"Rice dumpling filled with seasoned meat. I've only had it once (so far) but it was seriously good."
"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."
"Similar to Phở but from the Huế region. Said "Boon bo hway"."
"Crab and tomato soup. Usually with a mix of various other miscellaneous items."
"A dish from Hanoi of noodles with grilled pork patties and a tasty sauce."
"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."
"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."
"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."
""Cà phê": Dark, strong, bitter and delicious! Usually brewed in a little metal filter which sits on top of a glass and drips."
"There's a growing craft beer scene in Vietnam, especially in Saigon and Hanoi."
"Pork noodle dish only found in Hoi An where it has to be made using water from one of the local wells."
"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."
"Long thin "tube" ice cream on a stick, sold from metal pots, usually on the back of a bike in Hoi An."
"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."