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If you’re seeking out a foodie’s paradise, look no further. There’s so much food in Vietnam to try. We were absolutely spoiled for choice during our month in the country, and it’s high time we shared our highlights on the blog. The only problem is, where do we start?

Bún thịt nướng

Probably one of our most favourite dishes, Bún thịt nướng consists of rice noodles, grilled meat, fresh herbs and topped with a spring roll. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s super simple and incredibly tasty! We had our favourite version of this at a small family run place in Danang, all fresh and thrown together on the spot. I also had it with tofu in Hanoi, and we ate Bún chả several times. This is a similar dish, but served as individual components that you can dip into a bowl of sauce!

Mì Quảng

You have to seek out Mì Quảng if you’re visiting central Vietnam! It might not look very appetising in the bowl, but boy, does it taste good. It’s a mix of noodles, meat and fish, a hard boiled egg, peanuts, fresh vegetables and finally, topped with a rice or sesame cracker. This is not to be missed! We’re probably not selling it very well, but head on down to Mì Quảng 1A in Danang if you’re looking for some serious eats.

Bún bò Huế

Although Phở is probably the most popular dish for visitors to Vietnam, Bún bò Huế is the spicier, tastier counterpart. It originates from, you guessed it, Hue! This dish has a spicy, sour, lemongrass flavoured broth which sets it apart from all the rest. Beef noodle soup with a tasty twist, if you will. If you spot this dish being served, skip the Pho, give it a go!

Cơm tấm

Roadside Com Tam

More Adam’s favourite than mine, Cơm tấm is grilled pork over a bed of broken rice. It’s served simply, with some pickles and cucumbers. There’s also some simple broth served on the side. A simple and filling meal, you can enjoy this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! We ate our favourite plate of this on the pavement in Can Tho, paying a bargain £1 each.

Gỏi cuốn

It would be a crime not to share my favourite thing to eat in Vietnam! Gỏi cuốn are fresh summer rolls. They’re packed with prawns, pork, noodles and herbs. In addition, they’re accompanied by a sauce that could be Hoi Sin, peanut sauce, or just simply soy and chilli. Whatever the sauce is, it’s a real crowd pleaser! Summer and spring rolls are available everywhere – they’re not to be missed.

Give it a go!

We’ve listed our five favourite dishes, but in reality there’s so much more to Vietnamese food! Perusing handy guides on Mark Wiens’ site, and Jodi over at Legal Nomads gave us extensive coverage of what to eat in Saigon. Some times we just rocked up and had a try at whatever was available. It rarely disappointed!

Because the Vietnamese language contains recognisable characters, it’s easy to remember name for a dish and to be able to spot it when out and about. Whether or not we can pronounce them correctly is another matter (we certainly can’t). There are so many foods to try in Vietnam! Why not try Bun Rieu, or Bun Mam? Banh Khot, or Banh Xeo? Don’t be shy! Dig in! Head over to our post on Vietnamese coffee if you fancy a drink to wash down all that food.