Vietnam Food Guide
Everybody loves food. Whether it’s a love-hate relationship or an overt love affair, people love to eat. It comes as no surprise then that one of the top reasons people travel to other countries is to try the local cuisine. If you travel out of the country and you don’t try the food of the natives, are you really taking advantage of your trip? Many people dream of experiencing another way of life and culture and seeing it with their own eyes, but often the price point of these trips can keep them from living their dream. It is important to savor every moment of a trip and experience as many things as possible when you are in a new country, and that is especially true of Vietnam and its food.
Vietnamese food has become a popular cuisine to dine on all across the globe. Their specialty of soup and noodle dishes is a favorite for many people who have never even travelled to the country. This is because Vietnamese food places are picking up in popularity and are opening in many more places than before. However, to get the authentic experience of eating Vietnamese food, one needs to travel to the homeland of these dishes and try them for themselves. The price of the food in Vietnam, especially when eating at a street vendor, is much cheaper than what people pay for outside of the country. Just another reason to chow down once you have travelled to Vietnam.
Not sure what to try when you get there? The bahn mi is a good starting off dish to try. It is similar to submarine sandwiches but with an added Vietnamese touch. This dish is a Vietnamese baguette filled with one’s choice of various lunchmeats, cheeses, pickled carrots, and other additions that can differ depending on where it’s being sold. If noodle dishes are more of your thing, find a street vendor selling a food called pho. This inexpensive dish is a fan favorite of people on the Vietnamese mainland and off. It is a noodle soup that often is served with a choice of meat (usually chicken or beef). If you’d prefer the soup without noodles, look for a place selling bo kho—a stew made with beef and vegetables that usually comes with a side of baguettes.
The savory flavors of the dishes found in Vietnam are what have made them so loved and desired by people all around the world. More and more places that can cook this specific cuisine are being built and opened everyday throughout the Western world and elsewhere. Chances are if you are a Westerner, you can find a Vietnamese restaurant relatively near where you live. However, if you want the true Vietnamese cuisine experience, you should take the next chance you have to travel to the country and experience it there. Not only will it be easier on your wallet, but it also has the chance to be the best version of Vietnamese food you’ve ever eaten.
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