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5 Must-Try Vietnamese Dishes During Your Next Visit

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its diverse flavors, fresh ingredients, and regional variations. Here are 5 must-try Vietnamese dishes from different regions.


Pho (Phở)

Region: Hanoi (Northern Vietnam)


Pho is perhaps the most famous Vietnamese dish. It's a noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat, usually beef (Phở bò) or chicken (Phở gà). It's commonly enjoyed for breakfast but can be found throughout the day.





Banh Mi

Region: Ho Chi Minh City (Southern Vietnam)


Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that features a French baguette filled with a variety of ingredients, such as grilled meats, pate, mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs. It's a delicious fusion of French and Vietnamese culinary influences.





Bun Cha

Region: Hanoi (Northern Vietnam)


Bun Cha is a dish that consists of grilled pork patties and slices of pork belly, served with rice vermicelli (bun), herbs, and a dipping sauce. It's a popular lunch option in Hanoi and offers a wonderful combination of flavors and textures.





Cao Lau Region: Hoi An (Central Vietnam)


Cao Lau is a regional specialty of Hoi An. It features flat rice noodles, slices of pork, bean sprouts, and herbs, all bathed in a savory, slightly sweet broth. What makes Cao Lau unique is the water used to make the noodles, which comes from a specific well in Hoi An.





Goi Cuon (Fresh Spring Rolls) Region: Nationwide, and popular everywhere


Goi Cuon, also known as fresh spring rolls or salad rolls, consists of shrimp, herbs, pork, rice vermicelli, and other ingredients rolled in rice paper. They are often served with a hoisin-based dipping sauce and are a refreshing and healthy option.





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