Top Vietnam Food Experiences 2019

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Wondering what to eat in Vietnam during your first visit? For first-timers, deciphering a list of Vietnamese foods can be overwhelming. Read on to find best Vietnam food experiences.

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#1: Wake up early and eat Pho with Vietnmamese locals.

Vietnamese food has achieved cult status around the world due to the global popularity of Pho, the ubiquitous noodle soup found in cities as varied as Budapest and Cape Town.

There is so much life going on in Hanoi in the early morning hours. And eating Pho is a popular activity of Hanoi people every early morning. You can experience this exciting activity to feel the bustle of Hanoi at the start of a new day.

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#2: Take a Hanoi steet food tour

An amazing adventure to source the best street eats from markets, food carts, street cafes and other hard-to-find-but-totally-worth-the-effort secret spots. Experience Hanoi like a local and tour the city’s attractions with the kids who live there. Explore Hanoi via food culture with many delicious street foods: Pho, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Banh Mi...  

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#3: Slurp down Bun Bo Hue in the imperial city of Hue

Bún bò Huế, a famous local noodle soup. Flavours are layered over each other with boiled pork and beef bones, lemongrass, chili, fermented shrimp paste, and fish sauce used to make the rich, red broth. Immersed in that heady mix is a bed of thick rice noodles (bún) topped with thin slices of boiled beef shank and crab balls. Add a squeeze of lime, some chili paste, and shallot vinegar for an extra kick!

#4: Eat the best Banh Mi in Hoi An

The Banh Mi Hoi An is a sandwich that is made with a French baguette, pate, meats and fresh herbs, and is a perfect blend of French tradition and modern Vietnamese culture. This particular version of it was made popular by Anthony Bourdain when he visited this small stall in Hoi An and declared the baguette a triumph.

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#5: Embrace rice noodles by eating Mi Quang in Da Nang

Mi Quang is Da Nang’s best local food, featuring rice noodles that are tinted yellow using turmeric and bone broth seasoned with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot, and garlic. Meat toppings include river shrimp, boiled quails eggs, and roast pork, though some eateries use fish, chicken and beef slices. Lastly, the ensemble is topped with an array of fresh herbs such as basil, peanuts, coriander, lettuce, sliced banana flowers, and sesame rice crackers. You can also opt for chili peppers for a spicy kick to the ensemble.

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#6: Try Banh Xeo in Central Vietnam or Saigon

Vietnamese pancake – banh xeo – is one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. Because of geographical differences in cooking styles and spices in Vietnam, banh xeo can have many different regional interpretations. Large or small, the round, savory crepes get their name from the sound of rice flour sizzling on a hot pan – banh xeo literally means “sizzling cake”. And showcase a range of local ingredients depending upon the region it’s served. Though it’s unclear when these tasty pancakes first came into existence, most agree that the original banh xeo hailed from central Vietnam.

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#7: Indulge in bean to bar Chocolate at Marou Chocolate

Any chocolate lovers will all know about Marou – the chocolate brand coming from Vietnam (made-in-Vietnam or Vietnamese chocolate) used to be mentioned by New York Times as the world’s best chocolate. Apart from making chocolate, the owners of Marou also develop Maison Marou – shops that integrate displaying chocolate making process and chocolate products into a lovely coffee shop.

#8: Drink craft Beer brewed with local ingredients

People call it "Beer street Hanoi" - It's Ta Hien Street. Ta Hien street is super famous for beer. So, grab some beer and explore Hanoi nightlife on burning hot days. Nowhere to enjoy the dynamic nightlife of Hanoi and drink "cool beer" better than Ta Hien street. 

You will sit on small stools around a little taller plastic or wooden stools on which food and beer bottles are placed. It may be uncomfortable, but it creates a unique atmosphere for customers to experience ancient local lifestyles in Hanoi.

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#9: End your day with a decadent cup of Egg Coffee

No stranger to tourists, Egg Coffee is must-try experience in Hanoi. Egg Coffee is an unusual and unique coffee. A MUST TRY even if you are a big fan of coffee or not! Sitting with a cup of egg coffee in Hanoi and enjoying the spectacular sightseeing around after a long day.

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