Vietnamese food is amazing. Am I right? What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish?
Vietnamese restaurants are spreading across the world, but eating in Vietnam is a completely different experience. First of all, there are plenty of dishes that will never make it to a Vietnamese restaurant overseas. Secondly, everything is so cheap. In Vietnam, if you really needed to, you could eat for $3 a day. But I recommend spending more than that, otherwise you’d miss some amazing dishes.
While living in Vietnam, I often started my day off with a banh mi – Vietnamese sandwich. The fresh, made-daily bread has a crusty exterior and a soft fluffy inside. The toppings vary, but surprising flavors of soy sauce, chili, cilantro, and pickled carrot are likely to be on every sandwich. These toppings will balance out this meal so it hits every flavor profile. That’s the key to Vietnamese food – balancing sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and umami.
A quick and easy lunch in Vietnam is com tam. It means broken rice, but it’s really just a protein – pork, chicken, fish, etc – plus a pile of rice and some vegetables. Soup is usually included, as well as some iced green tea. This filling, and ever changing meal will only set you back a dollar.
Dinner is Vietnam is often eaten with friends and family. Every dish is shared and staples like fried rice and noodles are almost always present. Seafood is big in Vietnam, but you’ll also find chicken, pork, and beef.
All this info and I haven’t even mentioned Vietnam’s amazing soups!
If you want more Vietnamese food info, I have a guide that contains over 75 dishes, with photos, translations, and plenty of information. Get it for free, right here:
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