3 Things You have to Taste in Vietnam

Bien Hoa, Vietnam
Bien Hoa, Vietnam. Photo by Trung Bui on Unsplash

Vietnam is a land of rich history and culture, but it is also known for its incredible food. After all, this is a country whose cuisine draws on Chinese, Malaysian, Cambodian, and French influences. The result is noodles, curries, rice dishes, soups, and baguettes. If you’re heading to ‘nam, these are the things you must taste.


The most famous dish in the Southeast Asian country is most likely pho and a trip to Vietnam would not be complete without sampling the traditional broth. The dish differs from north to south, with pho in the north having wider noodles, more fish sauce, and fewer ingredients. In the south, however, you’re likely to find pho laden with bean sprouts, fresh sliced chili, lime, coriander, Thai basil, and hoisin sauce.

Goi Cuon

Spring rolls are typically thought of as vegetables or protein packed into rolled pastry and deep-fried. These are done a little differently. Traditionally filled with greens, coriander, and minced pork or shrimp, goi cuon are translucent spring rolls that are often served with a peanut dipping sauce.

Cà Phê Dá

Also known simply as Vietnamese coffee, cá phê dá is made using a phin—a small metal Vietnamese drip filter. As the hot water is added, the phin releases drops of hot coffee into a cup. Sweetened condensed milk is then added, creating a bittersweet delight.