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Culinary Treats To Try In Vietnam

Vietnam is a foodie paradise, with restaurants and street vendors serving up fresh and locally sourced cuisine. With each area of Vietnam so distinct in its culture and climate, this list will guide you to the best local specialities in Vietnam.
Hoi An: Banh bao vac

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Hoi An is known as the culinary capital of Vietnam, with dozens of cooking classes around the city offering visitors the opportunity to cook and taste their own custom creations. Hoi An cuisine is unique in its range of flavors, offering everything from sautéed squid to broiled snails. While it is difficult to choose just one dish from Hoi An, banh bao vac, or white rose, is a dish unique to Hoi An and its original recipe remains a tightly guarded secret. These small and delicate dumplings are shaped like a rose, filled with shrimp and topped with crispy onions. Although you can get them almost anywhere in Hoi An, try The Market for a hands-on marketplace experience.

Huế: Bánh bèo

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Huế, the former capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen dynasty, is a historic and scenic city in the heart of Vietnam. Because of its royal history, Huế’s culture is sophisticated and flavorful, borrowing ingredients and flavors from around Vietnam, as well as culinary influences from its past imperial rulers, including the Chinese and the French. Bánh bèo are small, thin rice paper crêpes, often eaten as an appetizer. They are served individually, and are usually topped with dried shrimp and served with tangy fish sauce and scallions. The presentation and simplicity of this dish is what sets it apart from other specialties in hue, although bánh it ram is another local treat which shouldn’t be missed.

Da Nang: Mì Quảng

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Mì quảng, or quang noodles, is a noodle and broth dish unique to the Quang Nam province of Central Vietnam. What sets quang noodles apart from other noodle dishes throughout the rest of the country are their yellow-tinted noodles, modest broth and seasonings. Quang noodles feature only a small amount of a rich pork broth which is quickly soaked into the noodles, and features a garnish of peanuts or crispy rice crackers on top. If you’re someone with a more adventurous palate, Da Nang also offers oc hut, or sucking snail, which is sold at most food stalls throughout the country. It’s sautéed in oil and served with papaya and mango.

My Tho: Hu tieu

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Located in the Mekong Delta region, My Tho has adopted hu tieu, a Cambodian-Chinese staple which was adapted and made its own by those in this region. It is a dish consisting of a slightly sweet broth, usually pork, mixed with a variety of spices and seafood. It’s basically Vietnam’s answer to ‘surf-and-turf’. While recipes and flavors for this dish vary by location, My Tho is famous for its own version, which uses tapioca or wonton noodles and is often overflowing with meat and seafood. Hủ Tiếu Mì Hoành Thánh 44 is tasty and offers the best bang for your buck.

Vietnam is a foodie paradise, with restaurants and street vendors serving up fresh and locally sourced cuisine. With each area of Vietnam so distinct in its culture and climate, In addition Pho in Hanoi, this list will guide you to the best local specialities in Vietnam tours.
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