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Vietnamese street food – the best of its kind

Recently, the famous online tourism magazine Lonelyplanet has listed Vietnamese street-foods on the top ten gastronomical tours. According to Lonelyplanet, taking part in walking tours around that city, with an experienced tour guide is the fastest and most effective way to explore a new destination’s cuisine. You can see: Indochina travel agencyThe desirable tour regarding tasting Vietnamese street food suggested by the magazine may start at Chau Long fresh market, in the city center, right in Hanoi Old Quarter area. On your culinary journey, Banh Cuon, Banh Xeo and Pho Bo (Pho with beef) are indispensable. Duy Tri Coffee (No. 43A Yen Phu) where you can taste the unique egg coffee together with yogurt coffee is recommended to be the final destination of the tour.

Besides Vietnam’s street food, other countries’ specialties presented to gourmets include: Asian street-food in Georgetown (Penang), Hobart’s street-foods (Tasmania), the Brick Lane restaurant (London), Italian traditional food in the North Sea (San Francisco), French street-food, Gastown’s Beer (Vancouver, Canada); cuisine market connecting two continents in Istanbul (Turkey), Mexican street-foods and the traditional cheese, coffee and beer of Weilington.

Top street food to try in Vietnam

  1. Pho
Pho-the symbol of Vietnamese cuisine

Pho-the symbol of Vietnamese cuisine – source: internet

The list of top Vietnamese street food cannot be complete without Pho. It is hard to walk a block in the big cities in Vietnam without seeing and bumping into an incredible crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodle dish at a makeshift Pho stall. Including a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, chicken or beef and a sprinkling of herbs this simple staple features predominately in Vietnamese diet. This dish is reasonable, tasty and popularly available at any times.

  1. Bun cha
Bun cha

Bun cha is favourite street food in Vietnam- source: internet

Pho might be the most famous dish of Vietnamese cuisine, but when it comes to lunchtime in the capital bun cha is the top choice. After 11 AM when all street-side restaurants in this capital city start grilling up slices of marinated pork belly and small patties of seasoned pork over a charcoal fire, it is your time to look for the clouds of meaty smoke! After being charred and becoming crispy, the morsels are served with a helping of rice noodles, a basket of herbs and of course, a bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth. Coming along with Bun cha sets is the awesome fried crab spring rolls – nem cua be. It is Bun cha that Obama and Bourdain ate during his night out in Vietnam. Centre Vietnam travel packages

  1. Xoi

Less of an accompaniment to Vietnamese meals, savory sticky rice is more a meal itself. This glutinous staple can be served along with any numbers of mix-ins (from fried or preserved eggs to slivers of chicken or pork), but almost always with a scattering of crispy dried shallots put on top.

  1. Banh xeo
Banh xeo

Banh xeo -source: internet

A standard banh xeo is a crispy Vietnamese styled crepe bulging with bean sprouts, shrimp and pork, plus the garnish of fresh herbs – the highlight of the majority of authentic Vietnamese fares. The way to enjoy one like a local? Just cut banh xeo into small slices, use rice paper or lettuce leaves to roll it up and deep it in the flavorful sauce that the chef has mixed up for you.

  1. Cao lau

Combining elements from various cultures, cao lau is one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. This Hoian’s pork noodle dish reflects the different cultures visiting this trading port at its prime. The broth and herbs are clearly Vietnamese while the crispy won-ton crackers and pork are a Chinese touch and the thicker noodles are similar to Japanese udon. The authentic version of cao lau is made only with the water directly taken from the local Ba Le well.

  1. Banh mi
Banh mi

Banh mi -source: internet

Although baguette is brought to Vietnam by the French, it is Vietnamese that take it to a higher level. Depending on what end of the country you are in, you can enjoy a distinct flavor of bread. In the Northern Vietnam, local chefs stick to the basic elements of protein, fat and carbohydrate – pate, margarine go along with bread, meanwhile, your banh mi in Southern Vietnam may included a more colorful combination of fried egg, sausage, cold cuts, cheese, fresh cilantro, pickled vegetables and chili sauce.

  1. Ca phe trung
Egg coffee

Egg coffee – source: internet

No matter what category that Vietnamese egg coffee is in, a dessert or a drink, it is what you should not miss in Hanoi. Even those who do not normally crave a cup of coffee will be attracted by the creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam perched on the dense Vietnamese joe. Let’s try and lick your spoons with delight! If you are finding a place to try egg coffee in Hanoi, let’s head for Giang Coffee at No 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District.

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