Vietnam is famous for abundant culinary art as well as featured regional cuisines & it is a true paradise for any member of your Vietnam Family Tours to enjoy the delicious cuisine. If you’re travelling with kids, Vietnamese food is also well-known to be healthy and beloved by the children. The food is not only prepared with healthy ingredients but also served with a huge side plate of various fresh vegetables and herbs. Travelling throughout Vietnam from the North to the South, your family will be captivated by countless specialities here which are the symphony of appearance, texture, and flavour. Here is the list of 12 most awesome dishes that your family must try in Vietnam:
1. Pho (Vietnamese Noodles)
There is no doubt that Pho is one of the first things whenever Vietnam dawns on anyone’s mind. Many travellers have said no visit to Vietnam would be complete without trying a bowl of Pho. You can find it easy to try this in any Vietnam Tours
or visit any of the recommended restaurants as below. Originated from the North, Pho is a quintessential Vietnamese dish that is preferred by both locals and foreigners. The dish is the combination of Vietnam rice noodles, flavorful broth, and tender sliced meat. The clear broth from animal’s bone is the main key making Pho different from other rice Vietnam Noodles dishes. Pho will be hot-served along with common side dishes including vegetables, fresh herbs, and Vietnam fried breadstick. Your family can easily catch Pho Restaurants in almost every destination throughout the country during your Vietnam Family Holidays
. However, trying Pho
is the most authentic experience that you’d better have.
Where to enjoy Pho (Vietnamese Noodles) in Hanoi?
- Pho Gia Truyen: No. 49 Bat Dan Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Pho Ly Quoc Su: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su Str / 42 Hang Voi Str / N2A Hoang Minh Giam Str, Hanoi
- Pho Suong: No. 24B Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Price around: 40,000 VND – 80,000 VND
2. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Bread)
This is one of the signature street food which is familiar to every Vietnamese generation. With abundant ingredients inside the Vietnam baguettes at a very reasonable price, Banh Mi can fulfil any hungry stomach at any time in the day. This is a kind of sandwich but with very special and authentic flavours coming from Vietnamese locals. The bread is stuffed with meat, pate, margarine, side sauces, and various vegetables including cucumber, fresh cilantro, pickled veggies, etc. There will be a large offer for different tastes of Banh Mi depending on each recipe from different vendors. Each bite of Banh Mi is an incredible symphony of the crunch from the crust, the delightsome flavour from the meat, the freshness from veggies, and the enhancement from the sauces. From simple ingredients but creating a very harmonious taste, Vietnam Banh Mi has been well-known as one of the most world’s best sandwiches.
Where to enjoy Banh Mi (Vietnamese Bread) in Vietnam?
Banh Mi is available in almost every street corner throughout Vietnam. From common to hearty sandwiches, there are various Banh Mi options for your family. The most renowned Vietnamese Banh Mi is in Hoi An Ancient Town. You can also try other types of this dish in main tourist hubs in Vietnam as the following addresses:
- Banh Mi Phuong, Madam Khanh Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An Ancient Town
- Bami Bread Brand, Banh Mi Pho with various bases in Hanoi
- Banh Mi Huynh Hoa, Banh Mi Hong Hoa, Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai in Ho Chi Minh City.
Price around: 20,000 VND – 40,000 VND
3. Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Sprill Roll is known as the most common wrap and roll dish in Vietnam, thus your family can enjoy this authentic dish in every Vietnamese restaurant during your Vietnam Tour
. There are two common kinds of Vietnam Spring Rolls: deep-fried spring rolls
and fresh spring rolls. Spring roll’s recipe could be varied in different regions throughout Vietnam, however, general components for spring rolls are meat and veggies. While deep-fried spring rolls are made from mostly raw ingredients and need to be deep-fried in oil to gain the crispy rice paper outside, fresh spring rolls are made from cooked ingredients, fresh veggies, and wrapped by a kind of fresh rice paper which is soft and can be eaten directly. The dish will be served with a bowl of local dipping sauce which is made from fish sauce, lime juice, chilli, garlic, sugar, and pieces of carrot, kohlrabi or papaya. Gaining the balance between proteins and veggies, spring roll is a very healthy and delicious choice for your family’s meal.
Where to enjoy Vietnamese Spring Rolls in Vietnam?
There are countless Vietnamese restaurants offering spring rolls in the menus. Some of the top-choice restaurants to enjoy Vietnam spring rolls belong to the Viet Deli group, including the chains of Home, Ngon Villa, and the Chopsticks Restaurants in Hanoi, Hoi An, Danang, and Saigon.
More suggestions to enjoy Vietnamese Spring Rolls are listed as below:
-New Day Restaurant - No. 72 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Noodle and Roll - No. 39C Ly Quoc Su street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Chains of Wrap and Roll Restaurants
- Propaganda Bistro –Ho Chi Minh City
Or else, you can try this dish through the traditional cooking class in main cities or on Halong Bay Cruises
, where you can make spring roll by your hands and enjoy it with other people.
4. Bun Cha (Grilled Pork With Vermicelli)
Along with Pho, Bun Cha
is also a pride of Hanoians as well as stands for Hanoi’s stunning culinary art. Bun Cha is the perfect harmonization of rice products, meat, veggie, spices, and local dipping sauce. Aromatic grilled pork will be served with a plate of vermicelli, fresh veggies and herbs, local dipping sauce, and deep-fried spring rolls if you want. In Hanoi, Bun Cha is known to be one of the most iconic dishes for the lunchtime when the inviting smell of grilled pork pervades streets and tempts any hungry stomach. Aromatic, juicy and meaty pork combined with the freshness of vegetables and vermicelli as well as the special sweet and sour taste of local dipping sauce is an incredible symphony of flavour inside your mouth.
Where to enjoy Bun Cha (Grilled Pork with Vermicelli) in Hanoi?
- Bun Cha 74: No. 74 Hang Quat Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Bun Cha Huong Lien ( Bun Cha Obama): No. 24 Le Van Huu Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Bun Cha Dac Kim: No.1 Hang Manh Str, Hoan Kiem District.
Price around: 35,000 VND – 80,000 VND
5. Com Tam (Broken Rice)
Made from broken rice grains, Com Tam is one of the most favourite dishes of Southerners at any meal. Besides broken rice, this dish is a hearty plate of grilled pork, steamed pork and egg patty (cha trung), fried egg, sliced cucumber, carrot, tomatoes or pickled vegetables, and some other dishes if eaters want. Made from many different ingredients with high nutrition, Com Tam is ready to fulfil any empty stomach and keep it full for a long time. Thus it is the first choice for most people in the South, especially common labours who seeking a full meal. Com Tam will be also served with a bowl of dipping sauce or broth, and diners will use a spoon and a fork to enjoy this iconic dish along with the broth/ dipping sauce if needed.
Where to enjoy Com Tam (Broken Rice) in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)?
- Com Tam Ba Ghien: No. 84 Dang Van Ngu Str, Phu Nhuan District, HCMC.
- Com Tam Ba Ha: No. 389 Hung Phu Str, No.8 District, HCMC.
- Com Tam Ba Rom: No.55 Lane, Phan Dinh Phung Str, Phu Nhuan District, HCMC.
Price around: 35,000 VND – 60,000 VND
6. Hu Tieu
If Pho is familiar to Northerners, Hu Tieu
is an iconic local dish to Southerners. Hu Tieu is another version of noodle soup, featuring rice noodles, pork-based broth, and different kinds of toppings. The most popular choice among locals is “Hu Tieu Xuong” going with pork ribs. Or else, your family can try other toppings such as sliced pork, shrimp, squid, fish or meatball. Hu Tieu has a nice mellow pork flavour in the broth, which is both slightly salty and slightly sweet. The noodle fibres in Hu Tieu are soft, which have the appearance relatively similar to Pho. Hu Tieu will be served with several kinds of herbs that are familiar in the South such as bean sprouts, chrysanthemum greens, etc. There are countless food stalls in the South offering this local speciality. Even at floating markets in the Mekong Delta
, they also sell Hu Tieu directly on their boats. Maybe Hu Tieu’s origin is known to be from Cambodia, however, it has become a part of daily life in the South of Vietnam with its distinctive Vietnam ingredients and Vietnam flavours.
Where to enjoy Hu Tieu in the Mekong Delta?
- Hu Tieu Tuyet Ngan: No. 236 - 237 Ap Bac, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province.
- Hu Tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan: No. 75 Nguyen Thuong Hien Str, No.3 District, HCMC.
- Hu Tieu Co Huong: 152/7/2 Ly Chinh Thang Str, No. 3 District, HCMC.
25,000 VND – 50,000 VND
7. Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes)
Originated from Mekong Delta, Banh Xeo is commonly eaten in the Central and the South Vietnam whose recipe and appearance could be varied in different regions. In general, Banh Xeo is a kind of Vietnam dried pancake with flat, large, and thin yellow rice flour crust outside and various toppings including minced pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts inside. The crust is made from rice flour liquid, moulded into a round shape in a large pan. Right after being dried until well-cooked with toppings, it will be folded into a half-moon shape and displayed on the plate. Banh Xeo is cut into smaller pieces for easier wrapping and rolling in rice paper with fresh veggies. Then it is served along with local dipping sauce which can be added with sliced chilli and garlic. Banh Xeo is a perfect symphony of the crunchy crust outside; the soft, warm, and aromatic toppings inside; combining with the freshness of greens and the special harmony of salty, sweet, sour, and slightly spicy taste from the dipping sauce.
Where to enjoy Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes)?
- Banh Xeo Sau Phuoc: No. 74 Cau Dat Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Banh Xeo Ba Duong: K280/23 Hoang Dieu Str, Hai Chau District, Danang.
- Banh Xeo 46A: No. 46A Dinh Cong Trang Str, No. 1 District, HCMC.
Price around: 30,000 VND – 70,000 VND
8. Mi Quang (Quang Style Noodles)
(Quang Style Noodles) is regarded as an authentic speciality of Danang City
and Quang Nam Province (formerly Quang Nam – Da Nang Province) in the Central of Vietnam. It is a traditional food item that can be found in many restaurants and vendors here. Mi Quang includes rice noodles (which is wide and flat), meat (which can be pork, chicken or frog meat), and delicious turmeric broth (which is just enough to wet the noodles and toppings when serving). Mi Quang will be added several other side toppings such as boiled egg, shrimp, roasted peanuts, and dry sesame crackers. Besides, it will be served with several kinds of fresh veggies and herbs not only to keep the balance for the dish but also to make it a hearty bowl of noodles that is full of colour, smell, and flavour. Diners also can use some kinds of sauce to enrich the smell for their bowl if needed. In case your family’s planning to stop by in the Central of Vietnam, this is a local food item that your family should not miss.
Where to enjoy Mi Quang (Quang Style Noodles) in Vietnam?
- Mi Quang Ong Hai – Mr. Hai: No. 6A Truong Minh Luong Str, Hoi An, Quang Nam
- Mi Quang Di Hat – Mrs. Hat: No. 4 Phan Chau Trinh Str, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
- Mi Quang Ba Mua: No. 95A Nguyen Tri Phuong Str, Thanh Khe District, Danang City.
Price around: 25,000 VND – 40,000 VND
9. Bun Bo Hue
As its name, Bun Bo Hue
is one of the most famous specialities in Hue
, former Vietnam’s imperial capital. In general, Bun Bo Hue is relatively similar to Pho, but noodle fibres in this dish have round and thick shape, plus its taste is a little bit stronger, which is the combination of sweet, sour, and spicy. The broth is made by simmering pork bones and beef bones with lemongrass and fermented fish sauce (“mam ruoc” in Vietnamese). Bun Bo Hue is served with pork knuckles, fish balls or meatballs, congealed pig blood, and several kinds of veggies and herbs like beansprouts, cilantro, lettuce, shredded banana blossoms, basil, etc. Chilli (fresh or sauce) is added to the dish as well for a distinctive spicy kick. If your kids do not like spicy food, you can let them out their bowl.
Where to enjoy Bun Bo Hue?
- Quan Bun Bo Hue: No. 19 Ly Thuong Kiet Str, Hue.
- Quan Cam: No. 38 Tran Can Cao Str, Hue.
: 45,000 VND – 60,000 VND
10. Fish in Mekong Delta River, Vietnam
Not only being the biggest granary in Vietnam, but Mekong Delta is also well-known to be the place of catching and growing aquaculture. Thus this fertile land offers a large offer of local specialities that are made from local flora and fauna here. And the fish take the most majority amongst Mekong Delta’s authentic food items. People here have crafted various fish dishes with different kinds of cooking style such as grilled snakehead fish by natural dried leaves or straw, Fish Noodles (Bun Ca, which could be added with pork or seafood), Ca Tai Tuong (Elephant Ear Fish), Goby Fish Hotpot (Lau Ca Keo), etc. Theses dishes will be also served with an assortment of local greens here, which enhances the richness of the flavours for the main ingredients. Besides experiencing the rustic ambience of the countryside, your family can try yourselves with several fish specialities in Mekong Delta to know more about the culinary art here.
11. Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo
Also a wrap and roll dish, but Banh trang cuon thit heo is mainly popular in Danang City. There will be several plates including steamed pork, vegetable strips, multiple kinds of greens, and flat soft rice paper (which looks like Pho before being cut into small fibres) ready for you. All you need to enjoy this dish is inserting soft rice paper into a dried rice paper, adding all these prepared ingredients inside, wrapping and rolling gently then enjoy your roll with a type of local dipping sauce (which is called “mam nem”) which has a very distinctive smell. It is the special taste of the sauce that makes the dish different from many other wrap-and-roll dishes in Vietnam. If your family is not familiar with its smell, you can replace it into common dipping sauce which is made from fish sauce. It’s also a fascinating experience with a local wrap-and-roll dish as well as Vietnam’s dipping sauce.
Where to enjoy Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo in Danang City?
- Dac san ba Huong: No. 126 Duy Tan Str, Hai Chau District, Danang.
- Dac san ba Mua: No. 162/ 27 Dong Da Str, Hai Chau District, Danang.
- Dac san Tran: No.4 Le Duan Str, Hai Chau District, Danang.
Price around: 50,000 VND – 80,000 VND
After enjoying the feast of Vietnamese food, you want to try something local as a dessert? Che is a perfect choice for you. Described as “sweet dessert soup”, Che has a vast array of ingredients as well as a large offer for many different tastes. From various kinds of sweet bean and nut to grass jelly, fresh fruits, coconut cream liquid, and even dried coconut if possible, Che offers an incredible mixture of sweetness and fragrance to your family. Due to its richness of the component inside, Che is also regarded as a common dish for a break. You can find Che at any time of the year, warm types for the cold weather and cool types for a hot day. It couldn’t be better than trying a bowl/ a glass of Che with a scoop of shaved ice on a sunny day in Vietnam.
Where to enjoy Che in Hanoi?
- Che 4 (Bon) Mua: No. 4 Hang Can Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Che 95: No. 95 Hang Bac Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Price around: 20,000 VND – 35,000 VND
Overall, Vietnamese food is not only the art of regional cuisine but also the great balance between protein and greens that is good for your health. If you’re seeking a journey exploring Vietnam’s local gastronomy with other members in your family, refer our list for the best Vietnam Culinary Tours
that are meticulously designed for cuisine buffs. You can also read more our best Vietnam Family Tours
or Top 10 Vietnam Tours
to get the most appropriate schedule for your family.