Vietnamese Food

Food is what connects people and no where is that statement reflected more vividly than in Vietnam. From bustling street vendors to high-end fine dining restaurant, food can be found on almost every corner of city and country area, cherished by groups of family and friends and eating alone is a rare scene. And once you are in the country, you will soon realize authentic food is much broader than pho - the omnipresent noodle with beef and cha gio - deep fried spring rolls. Food in Vietnam is as diverse as its dialects and one can only uncover it while you stay long enough. Discover a gastronomic world in the S-shaped country with our food guide.

Vietnamese Fruits - An Overview
Fruits

Vietnamese Fruits - An Overview

Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is truly a heaven when it comes to fruits.

Vietnamese Cakes - A Closer Look At Vietnam's Most Varied Food
Cakes (Banh)

Vietnamese Cakes - A Closer Look At Vietnam's Most Varied Food

An overview to the different types of cake in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Noodles - An Overview
Rice and Noodles

Vietnamese Noodles - An Overview

An introduction to Vietnamese noodles.

Sugar-apple
Fruits

Sugar-apple

Sugar-apple is among the most nutritious fruits in Vietnam. Originated from the American tropical area, sugar-apple tree is now popularly planted in many countries including Viet Nam.

Strawberry
Fruits

Strawberry

Vietnam is blessed with different altitudes across the country, making both tropical and non-tropical fruits growable. Among those, strawberries are a miraculous gift that nature gives to this South-East Asian country.

Muskmelon
Fruits

Muskmelon

Entering May, it is the sign of a new muskmelon crop for Vietnamese farmers.

Orange
Fruits

Orange

Among all the citrus fruits, oranges, like the bright color of its name which reminds you of a hot summer day, rich in vitamin C and is a great solution for enhancing immunity, chasing the humidity away and cooling your body down.

Persimmon
Fruits

Persimmon

The fruits are round, tomato-shaped, sweet in flavor, and occasionally plus sourness.

Mandarin Orange
Fruits

Mandarin Orange

Being one of the top delicious fruits in Viet Nam.

Guava
Fruits

Guava

Depending on each type and season, guava may have a sour-sweet to very sweet taste.

Lucuma
Fruits

Lucuma

The lucuma, also known as the eggfruit, is a fruit grown a lot in Vietnam.

Soursop
Fruits

Soursop

Soursops are large with soft spines.

Ambarella
Fruits

Ambarella

Ambarella is a woody plant in the tropics, an edible, seed-bearing fruit tree.

Grape
Fruits

Grape

When it comes to wine, the first thing that comes to our mind is grapes.

Pomegranate
Fruits

Pomegranate

In Vietnam, pomegranates often appear in the tropical regions.

Pomelo
Fruits

Pomelo

Pomelo is both delicious and nutritious.

Starfruits
Fruits

Starfruits

Star fruit is a popular snack of Vietnamese countryside people.

Watermelon
Fruits

Watermelon

Watermelon is a popular fruit of Vietnam.

Pears
Fruits

Pears

Pears are the specialty fruit trees of Vietnamese temperate regions.

Longans
Fruits

Longans

Longan is a popular summer fruit in several Asian countries, especially in Vietnam.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Vietnamese food good for weight loss?

Vietnamese food is fairly healthy and often considered as one of the healthiest foods on earth. In fact, many people tend to lose between 5% and 7% of their body weight in 2-3 months if they switch from western cuisines to Vietnamese diet.

What does "Ph?" mean?

Pho is a popular staple in Vietnamese diet. The dish is noodle soup with clear broth and can include either beef or chicken. A variety of herbs such as cilantro, green onions, basil and bean sprout are also added to give the dish a distinguished flavor.

Pho can be enjoyed any time of the day, either as a main meal or as afternoon snack.

Is Vietnamese food spicy?

Yes and no.

Vietnamese's cuisines vary starkly between region and the further you move to the South, the more spice is added to the dish. You will find dishes that are basically made from chili and spice (such as southern curry) or dishes that do not included any spice at all (boiled vegetable or tofu braised with tomato sauce).

Most often you will see that chilies are left on the side and diners can add to taste.

What do Vietnamese say before they eat?

Vietnamese normally do not say graces before meals (unless because of religious reasons). The culture places a lot of respect for the elderly and it is a custom for the younger to say "Moi Ong/ Ba Xoi Com" which literally means "Dear Grandpa/Grandma, Please enjoy your meal".

This applies to whoever is older than you - so in an extended family setting the saying will go to Grandparents, then to Parents, Aunts and Uncles and Older brothers and sisters.

What do Vietnamese people eat for breakfast?

Most Vietnamese would go out for a hearty breakfast. Some prefer broth-based dishes such as pho and bun while others normally go for to-go dishes such as Banh My and Xoi (sticky rice). Refer to our article: 9 Most Popular Items on Vietnamese breakfast menu for further information.

What are some traditional food in Vietnam?

It's hard to count all the traditional food of Vietnam but there are a few that have made their name to world prestige:

  • Pho: Noodle soup with beef or chicken
  • Bun Cha: The famous BBQ pork served with round noodle and dipping sauce
  • Banh My: Vietnamese baguette with a variety of stuffings
  • Bun Bo Hue: Hue thick noodle with beef 
  • Hu Tieu: Southern rice noodle with cha-siu and quail eggs
  • Che: Vietnamese desert made from variety of beans and thickened with corn flour
  • Bun Oc: Noodle With Snails
  • Hoi An Chicken Rice: Turmeric-flavored rice served with shredded chicken