Top 5 best hue specialty food must eat


Vietnamese food is very peculiar và unique. Generally speaking it’s quite local & can be very different from north to south, but there are some exceptions lượt thích Phởsoup & Bành Mi (the bread baguette “imported” by the French) that are widespread throughout the whole country. Also, some cities have their own specialties that can be found there only!

Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest in the world, due khổng lồ minimal use of dairy và oil, và reliance on vegetables & herbs including lemongrass, coriander (though we truly hate coriander!) ginger và mint . That’s why it is unusual lớn see fat Vietnamese people!

Therefore we decided to lớn put down this Vietnamese food guide, and divide it by region & city.

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North Vietnam’s cuisine is related to its cooler weather: less spices are available, and main dishes are based on rice, soups & fish. In northern provinces especially, as Sapa, Ha Giang và Cao Bang, each ethnic minority has its own recipes, for example Cơm Lam (Bamboo Sticky Rice) is popular in Sapa.


Hanoi signature dish is arguably Bún Chả (rice noodle with grilled marinated pork), even more emphasized after Barack Obama had it a couple of years ago during a visit to lớn Hanoi (the place where he ate changed name to lớn Bún Chả Obama!). A hot phở (broth, rice noodle, herbs & beef/pork/chicken meat) is always a good choice in a cold rainy day in Hanoi; Phở Gà, chicken phở, in particular is typical of Hanoi.

A typical Bún Chả in Hanoi: rice noodles and rolls go all together in the big marinated pork bowl

WHERE khổng lồ EAT PHởINHANOI:Phở Thìn Restaurant, 13 Lò Đuc, Hanoi: huge bowls of tasty phở, 50,000 Dong;Bún Chả Ta Restaurant, 21 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hanoi: different options of Bún Chả, also vegetarian, from 80,000 VND;Phở Cuốn Hưng Bền, 33 Ngũ Xã, Quận ba Đình: try Phở Rán (fried pho) và phở cuốn (fresh rice noodle rolls).Quán Ăn Ngon Restaurant, 18 Phan Bội Châu, Cửa Nam: every kind of Vietnamese food! Located close lớn Hanoi train station.

When in Hanoi, tasting some local Bia Hơi is a must, by far the most popular draft beer in Vietnam. Bia Hơi can be found at many street corners và is sometimes sold for as low as 5,000 Dong per glass, 0.25 cents!

Another peculiar drink in Hanoi is Cà Phê Trứng, a.k.a. egg coffee, a super energetic start for your day. Taste it at 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, along Hoan Kiem lake.

Hanoian Cà Phê Trứng, egg coffee


We only stayed for a couple of nights in Ninh Binh back in November 2017, but managed to taste its specialties: we tried some Thìt De (goat meat) & the typical Com Cháy, crispy scorched rice (if you try và speak some Vietnamese remember the different accents, because Chay means vegetarian, whilst Cháy means scorched/burnt. Same same but different!). Any local place in Ninh Binh will have these two options in their menu.


An experience we remember with pleasure was having a cooking class while on our cruise boat in stunning Halong Bay, where we learned how lớn prepare spring rolls in the Vietnamese traditional way. Most of cruises include this activity in their plan, or you can book your cooking class here.



Central Vietnamese foodincludes a wide range of specialties, we lived there for long và recipes are so different from Hue to domain authority Nang and Hoi An too. What we can certainly affirm is that spices here are abundant & locals love spicy food. All of our local friends in da Nang used lớn put chilly sauce literally everywhere, for breakfast, lunch và dinner, even on pasta và pizza when we made them try it! We had to lớn remind lớn waiters in every restaurant we would go “please no chilly” because dishes are often very spicy!


Hue is one of those cities we mentioned earlier that has its own food, that can’t be find elsewhere. This is because Hue has been the capital of sovereign dynasties in Vietnam for centuries, và food here still reflects the influence of ancient Vietnamese royal cuisine.

One of the most particular dishes in Hue is Bánh Bèo, a variety of small steamed rice cake with diverse ingredients including dried shrimps, scallions, fish sauce.

Another specialty is Bánh Khoái, and here comes the emperor sign: Bánh Khoái (khoái=happy) is a kind of Bánh Xèo that was said lớn be cooked exclusively under his request, & had a smile shape. Compared khổng lồ Bánh Xèo, it is smaller và is filled with bigger chunks of pork meat.

Last but not least, Bún trườn Huế, another royal heritage dish. Similar to a Phở soup, it features rice vermicelli, thicker than rice noodle, & has beef meat (thit bò).

Having a tray full ofBánh Bèo in Bà Đỏ restaurant, Hue

WHERE khổng lồ EAT INHUE:Quán bánh lục bình nậm lọc Bà Đỏ, 8 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm: the main dish is included in the place name, Bánh Bèo. Other typical dishes are served as Bánh Khoái and Nem Lụi (pork skewers). Have a walk along the riverside khổng lồ get to this big nice family restaurant.Quán ăn Huyền Anh 52/1 號, Kim Long: the simpliest of menus with two dishes only: Bún Thịt Nướng (beef rice noodles) và Bánh Ướt (thin pancake wrapper consisting of rice noodle sheets và filled with vegetables). Very cheap local prices, dishes between 15k & 30k Dong (1 lớn 1.5$)DA NANG

In da Nang we fell in love with Bánh Xèo: savory fried pancakes made of rice flour and turmeric powder, stuffed with shrimps, pork meat & soy beans. Khổng lồ make it even more special, a sublime thick peanut sauce in which to dip your Bánh Xèo. The same plate in the south is served with thin fish sauce.

Another of our preferred dishes is common in domain authority Nang, Bún Thịt Nướng: grilled pork rice vermicelli, garnished with herbs and peanuts.

Then we have Mì Quảng, which takes the name of its originating Quảng phái nam Province in central Vietnam: it consists of wide noodles, meat/fish & a large number of herbs, usually served with a small amount of broth.

Da Nang faces the Southern china Sea & the choice of seafood is particularly large too. The best area to lớn eat good seafood is undoubtedly the beach-side, where restaurants rise for some kilometers.

Our typical lunch at Bánh Xèo Bà Dưỡng: Bánh Xèo on the left,Bún Thịt Nướngon the vị trí cao nhất right,peanut sauce, tons of herbs and vegetables.

Hoi An is an exception yet again. Having been an important commercial harbour from 16th lớn 19th centuries, it has been home to Chinese, Japanese, French và Dutch merchants.

This affected food traditions too, as a matter of fact unique Chinese recipes are still used nowadays. Among those the most notable is Cao Lầu, a dish that is said to lớn be prepared using the water of just few special wells around Hoi An, thus it can’t be prepared elsewhere. Main ingredients are noodles, pork, fried lard, greens & a sauce, there’s no broth.

Other Chinese heritage dishes are Wonton & White Rose: the former are a crispy fried base served with a tomato sauce on top and concealing pork or shrimp inside the frying; the latter are prawn filled rice paper dumplings. They are both very good as appetizers.

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Some say the best bánh mì in Vietnam is prepared in Hoi An, at bánh mì Phượng. Again this place gain visibility when popular chef Anthony Bourdain visited this place for his TV show. Yet their Bánh Mìare special indeed.

ABánh Mìis the Vietnamese version of a sandwich và can be filled in any way you like, as long as you know how to pronounce the ingredients! Normally some sliced meat, paté, raw vegetables, different herbs, fried eggs, spreadable cheese, are available lớn choose from. LuckilyBánh Mìare sold in characteristic food stalls along the streets, so that you can easily point at the ingredients you want without speaking any Vietnamese.

Walking through Hoi An you can see many street food vendors, selling for example tiny mango cakes or grilled pork sticks, usually for 10,000 each.

A popular drink always available here & in Vietnam overall, very sweet, is Nước Mía (sugar cane juice), a syrup obtained by pressing sugar cane sticks. Very refreshing và energy recovering when it’s extremely hot outside.

How a traditionalBánh Mì looks like

WHERE lớn EAT IN HOI AN:Old Garden Restaurant (Vườn Xưa), 33 Phan Châu Trinh: a nice bamboo-themed restaurant, featuring all of Hoi An specialties;Hồ Lô quán, trăng tròn Trần Cao Vân: a typical family run place, very kind staff and authentic central Vietnamese food.Bánh Mì Phượng, 2B Phan Châu Trinh: the most famous Bánh Mì in Vietnam, better to lớn sit down at the tables rather than standing in the long take away queue!SOUTHERN VIETNAMESE FOOD

The warmer weather và fertile soil around the Mekong Delta lead to an even wider variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables in southern Vietnam. Sugar is added to food more than in the other regions here, và is already highly used elsewhere in Vietnam. When sweet potatoes are not available, we witnessed sugar being added khổng lồ French fries! Also burger buns are often sweet, which is not really ideal when you are having a cheeseburger… Apart from this, you can get used lớn it, but once more a “please no sugar” is a good reminder when ordering coffee, tea, shakes or juices.

Fruit is so tasty and sweet in Vietnam that you just don’t need to địa chỉ anything, & this is even more true along Mekong Delta fertile branches.

Seafood is also a pillar in Southern Vietnam cuisine, crab dishes featured in every single menu when we were in Nha Trang city.


We menu Dalat because it was the first place in Vietnam where we stayed for few days & discovered some of its food specialties. It seemed unusual khổng lồ us at first, but then we used to see all of them again throughout all the country.

Firstly, bakery shops: a heritage from the French, you can find bakeries easily in Vietnam’s cities. Their main sản phẩm is bread, both filled và plain bành mi bread. Then, a lot of super sweet pastry is usually showcased, from donuts to cakes. We don’t want khổng lồ sound disapproving, but they’re better to the eye rather than in taste! Before boarding our Dalat-Nha Trang bus, we saw these pizza slices calling us from a bakery shop, only khổng lồ discover they were made with a sweet base!

Another food we tried for the first time in Dalat is Bánh bao: a steamed ball-shaped white bun containing pork meat and a hard-boiled quail egg inside. It looks similar lớn a Baozi, a brave way to start your day!

Having dinner in Dalat, we learnt about Vietnamese love for hot pots. A big boiling water pot is set in the middle of the table, & all kind of raw meat and fish are served on the side; everybody is then miễn phí to cook their own food. Especially used during celebrations & for big tables, what struck us is how shortly the meat is left boiling (some would leave it for just few seconds!) và the fact that hot-pot is often ordered at the kết thúc of a meal after having already the main course!

A stuffed Bánh bao

WHERE to lớn EATIN DALAT:Góc Hà Thành, 53 Trương Công Định, Phường 1: a tiny local restaurant in the heart of Dalat, we suggest lớn go early lớn find a table.HO bỏ ra MINH CITY

Ho chi Minh thành phố is the largest thành phố in Vietnam and the most mở cửa to external influences, both foreign and from northern Vietnam. This affects food too, the choice is endless.

Still, Bành Mì & Phở are among the most popular foods, và one that represents proudly the south of Vietnam is Cơm tấm, a rice based dish, that is indeed often referred to lớn as Cơm tấm sài Gòn (Saigon-style broken rice): Cơm means cooked sticky rice, tấm translates lớn broken, tradition says broken refers to the “broken” leftovers that were combined khổng lồ prepare this dish. It is usually served with grilled pork plus the Vietnamese dish (thinly shredded pork) over sticky rice, accompanied by various greens và pickled vegetables.

Bánh Xèo are also a favourite in the south, bigger in kích cỡ and served with the typical Nước mắm pha, commonly known as fish sauce, that is often included with any dish in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

We suggest you a couple of Phở places in Ho đưa ra Minh City. Clearly there’s a celebrity place too! Phở 2000, because Bill Clinton went there back in year 2000…

A big Phở bowl

WHERE khổng lồ EAT IN HO bỏ ra MINH CITY:Nhà mặt hàng Ngon, 160 Pasteur street: the nice place for Phở, a fine restaurant with smart decoration;Phở24, the budget place, actually a franchise, it may be a good approach for your first time because you can choose your own ingredients.if you are not picky as you shouldn’t be in Vietnam, try any Phở eatery along the streets where you’ll get a nice bowl for as low as 25,000 VND (1$).COFFEE&TEA

Coffee is very important to Vietnam’s life style and economy, it’s exportation is second in numbers only lớn rice. If you are a coffee lover, you will have different styles of coffee khổng lồ taste:

Cà Phê Đen, strong black coffee;Cà Phê Đen Đá, iced black coffee, ideal when it’s very hot outside;Cà Phê Sữa Đá, iced milk coffee, with condensed milk used as sweetener.

Cà Phê Sữa Đá prepared in traditional Vietnamese way, with condensed milk

As said, especially southern Vietnamese love sweet food and drinks. Some of our friends, yes, the same who put chilly sauce everywhere, used to lớn drink heavily sugary drinks, particularly Trà Sữa (Milk Tea) & Cà Phê Sữa Đá (Iced Milk Coffee). Condensed milk is the indispensable ingredient for milk coffee in Vietnam, và it’s very thick & sugary, more closer to butter consistency rather than milk! Trà Sữa(milk tea) is becoming more and more trendy among young people, you will see stylish bars serving nothing but milk tea, always packed of students & teenagers!

That’s it, our Vietnamese food guide ends here, we hope we got you hungry! No trip khổng lồ Vietnam would be complete without trying a traditional Bành Mì and tasting an iconic Phở bowl!

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