Vietnam is considered one of the most attractive culinary destinations in the world. Tourists coming to Vietnam will have many opportunities to enjoy Vietnam food throughout this S-shaped country.
Hanoi – The destination for traditional food
As you know, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the most vibrant city of the Northern Vietnam. The culinary tour starts by a walk in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Tourists will taste all local traditional food specialties like Banh Cuon (Steam rice pancake rolled with cooked pork, ear mushroom, and minced shallots), Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with grilled pork), Pho (Rice Noodle soup with beef or chicken),… some dishes you can take while walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarter – also call as street food. As well as, you should spend time to enjoy some coffee in a local coffee shop followed by the dinner at Cha Ca La Vong – the most famous traditional food in Hanoi made with rice noodles and grilled fish on the charcoal stove. Moreover, tourists can also learn how to prepare Northern Vietnamese dishes by enjoying a private Vietnamese cooking class with a professional chef.
Halong Bay – Full of fresh delicious seafood
Halong Bay is famous for its green islands – the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We start with an outdoor market, where vendors sell all kinds of fish and seafood straight from water. You can also communicate with the Vietnamese boat people (who live and work in floating homes) to understand more about the life of local fisherman. Visit Dau Go cave, the largest cave in Halong Bay with its majestic and ancient beauty. Especially, during taking in the brilliant views of the Bay on a luxury ship, you can order all seafood for your meals such asfresh clams, prawns, sea snails and other delicacies which you want to taste.
Hue – Combination of royal culinary and folk dishes
Hue used to be the capital city of Vietnam. That’s why Hue people have many extremely delicate ways of royal cuisines which only offered on the King’s table such as nem công, chả phượng, thấu thỏ, xôi vò, nham bò,…. Beside, Hue is also famous for folk dishes like Nem Lui Hue, the dish no one can forget if have a chance to taste. Its main ingredient is spring roll of meatball grilled on the charcoal stove. Moreover, the deliciousness of this dish is in the accompanying vegetables and sauces made from plenty of different materials. When eating, take a meatball wrapped with vegetables, pineapple, caramel, prices, sliced green banana slices, pieces of life, chili color… then dips in a special sauce called nước lèo. Nước lèo is also made from many different ingredients such as vegetable oil, pig liver, swordfish, sugar, fish sauce, cinnamon, flowers mixed with coconut milk. Its taste is worthy to become one of the most delicious local specialties in Vietnam.
By the way, you can visit Dong Ba Market in early morning. This is the biggest whole sales market in Hue for food, vegetable, herb, spices and fruit. In the morning, everything is so fresh. This is the best time and best way to experience and learn about local food ingredients as well as the daily life activities in Hue. We also have a chance to enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda.
Hoi An – The culinary of Ancient Town
Hoi An ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have many Vietnam must-eat dishes here such as chicken rice, bread, cao lầu noodles… Especially, you cannot miss cao lầu – the most famous local specialties in Hoi An. A delicious cao lau bowl includes noodles past boiling water, some bean sprouts and essential vegetable of Tra Que village. It’s covered by plates of xá xíu meats as well as fried crispy pork skin above. Visitors can also enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lầu noodles. In the evening, visit Dong Thien Pagoda to enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns.
Sai Gon – A haven for street food lovers
It’s Ho Chi Minh City – the most modern city in Vietnam, but locals still use “Saigon” to name this place. Street food is one of the things that make Saigon different from other regions. You have many chances to taste Vietnam street food in evening at all Saigon districts. Grilled meatballs, noodles mix roast duck meat, rice handles, bun mix grilled meat, bánh tráng nước, bánh tráng trộn, bún mắm… are extremely popular on Saigon’s sidewalk which you cannot miss during your Vietnam culinary tour. In addition, you can also take opportunities to stop for tasting iced coffee, iced tea, snack or banh mi – typical Vietnamese street foods while walking around Saigon to discover the culture of this place.
There are differences of characteristic in each region, but Vietnam cuisines are distinctive and leave an unforgettable impression on tourists.