Halal restaurants are available ,mainly in bigger towns and cities – check that are displaying halal certification prosters in the window if you aren’t sure .
Here are a few well-known local favarites to get you started on your culinary adventure:
Pho (Rece Noodle)– A delicious ,rich rice noodle soup with so many varieties it’s impossoble to count .It’s cheap ,it’s tasty and even better – you can have it for breakfast .The complex ,rich broth usually contains beef of chicken and is flavored with fish sauce ,chili brean sprouts, herbs and other secret ingredients that the famous Pho house will new reveal.
Northern Pho tends to have a clear broth wheras southern Pho has a cloudy ,murky soup . You should try them both and compare !
Bánh Mi – The daddy of all sandwiches ! few are aware that Vietnam is considered to have some of the best sandwiches in the world . Banh mi translates to “bread ” ,or more specifically “baguette” in Vietnamese and boy are you in for a treat.
The freshly baked baguaette is stuffed with pork ,sausages, pate ,meatballs of fish as salad ,cheese and mayo- anything that your heart desites ! A dash of soya sauce usually completes this sandwich masterpiece . You will often find a list of sandwiches but if you can’t determine the content then pionting to what you want usually works.
Lau – Classic hot pot but with a ty pical Vietnamese twist a vat of hot broth is placed in the middle of the table ,usually on a heat element of hot coals to keep it hot . you then add the ingredients that you want to complete the dish . Add seafood, thinly sliced meat ,vagetable and noodles then allow it to all cook together and let the flavours infuse .This dish is warm , hearty and a novel way to enjoy a meal with friends of family .
Goi Cuon – Literally translating to ” salad rolls “there are the healthier ,but equally tasty ,equally tasty ,equaivalent of friend spring rolls.Crunchy vagetable ,shrimp and meat are wrapped in little sheets of rice paper.
Bun cha – A moreish dish found at most food stalls , especially in Hanoi . These tiny little meat pattties are like mini hamburgers .Yum !
Banh Xeo – It literally translates to ‘ sizzling pancake ‘ and it certainly doen’t lie! there monster – sized pancakes are packed with shrimp ,meat ,bean sprouts and egg .Dip them in some chili sauce to realy finish the dish off.
Chao – traditional vietnamese rice prridge ,it is cheap , thick and hearty .Great if you are feeling a little under the wearther ( or a little hung over) . The porridge is topped with sliced meat of offal and usually has fried dough strips on top
Seafood – If you are traveling down the coast of the vietnam the you simply can’t miss abundance of delicious ,fresh seafood that’s on offer : when it comes to seafood ask the locals where is best to eat ,it might not be flash or aimed at tourists buy you are guaranteed an incredible seafood spread.
– Not technically a dish in itself but probably the one thing you will eat most of while you are in vietnam it’s the sweet and spicy dipping sauce that accompanies most dishes .Every region and restaurant has their own versions of this chilli sambal so make it your mission to try as many as passible.
Che – A deliceious sweet dessert ,a cross between a pudding and soup usually topped with a variety of dried or jellied fruits . It’s super sweet and super sticky!
Banh ran – Another great choice if you have a sweet tooth . There are essntially deep friend doughnuts ,crispy on the outside and filled with sweet mung bean paste and sesame seeds.
Ca phe (coffee) – Coffee in vietnam is an incredible experience ,even for those who have never enjoyed coffee before .The rich deep coffee is generally server in a double espresso size and sweetened with condensed milk .
Either find a little stall at the side of the read of chill out in the million of coffee shops . why not thy the vietnamese version of starbucks ? Trung Nguyen coffee shops are everywhere ; they also offer you the chance to try the famous Kopi Luwak coffee .
Top Tips : If you are in Hanoi then why not sample some raw egg coffee ? A rich sweet coffee with a raw egg mixed in .Nowhere neat as gross as it sounds – Promise!
Beer – Saigon beer ,Hanoi beer and huda (hue beer) are the most popular beers and are often served over ice . Beer has become very popular since its introduction in the nineties due to it’s cold refreshment on a humid day . Bottles of beer generally cost around 50 cents.
Coconust (trai dua) – there is notthing more exotic than drinking from a freshly picked coconut . Coconnut milk is nutritious and thirst quenching plus drinking straight from a coconut makes a great photo!
Stick rice wine (ruou nep cam) around 30% and slghtly less fiery than normal rice wine ,served in shots.