8 Vietnamese Dishes You Should Try


Pho isn’t the only delicious Vietnamese dish you can try!

Vietnamese food relies on a careful balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavors to provide a distinctive and unforgettable experience. If you haven’t tried anything Vietnamese, what are you waiting for?! If you’re looking for something new, here are few excellent Vietnamese dishes you should try.

Goi Cuon

Goi cuon is one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes and consists of translucent spring rolls filled with greens, coriander, and any combination of minced pork, shrimp or crab. They are sometimes served with lettuce or mint, and southern varieties may feature strips of pork and green banana or star fruit. They are also great to dunk into a rich peanut sauce.

Bahn Mi

Bahn Mi is the sandwich of Vietnam, filled with your choice of greens and fillings like pâté or freshly made omelette. This sandwich combination is so delicious it frequently gets imitated around the world.

Bahn Xeo

Directly translated as “sizzling pancake”, bahn xeo are enormous and cheap Vietnamese pancakes filled with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and fried egg. It’s then wrapped around rice paper with greens and dunked in a delicious spicy sauce.

Bun Cha

A speciality in Hanoi, Bun Cha is a street food favorite that’s essentially a tiny hamburger made from barbecued pork patties. It’s served on a bed of cold rize and assorted foliage with a slightly sweet sauce.

Cao Lau

Cao lau is a mouthwatering bowl of thick rice-flour noodles, bean sprouts and pork-rind croutons in a light soup flavored with mint and star anise. It may also be topped with thin pork slices and grilled rice-flour crackers or crispy rice paper for some added flavor and texture.

Cha Ca

If you’re a seafood lover, this is the Vietnamese dish for you. It features white fish that’s been sauteed in butter with dill and spring onions, and is served with peanuts and rice noodles. Delicious!

Mi Quang

Ingredients can vary by establishment, but mi quang typically consists of a simple bowl of meat noodles with flavoursome oils, fresh sprigs, leaves, shrimp, peanuts, mint, and quail eggs. It’s a simple, affordable, and most of all tasty combination.

Nom Hua Chuoi

Looking for the vegetarian option? Nom hua chuoi, or banana-flower salad, is the perfect meat-free option. Its key flavors include lime and chili and punches things up a bit with some yummy shredded vegetables.

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