Vietnamese cuisine is the traditional food of Vietnamese people and it is unique because a single meal of this food contain all five fundamental tastes which are very uncommon is other parts of the world. It is one of the most nutritious cuisines not only in the region of Southeast Asia but also in the whole world.



The most important thing about this cuisine is that it is not only about taste and color of food but also focus of the fragrance of food therefore long coriander, mint, Saigon cinnamon, lemongrass, lime, and ginger are frequently used in the food of this country. In this piece, you will find out popular dishes and some interesting facts about this food.

Vietnamese Cuisine Facts and History

Vietnamese traditional dishes are more than just food. These dishes represent the philosophy of Vietnamese people. They cook food not only to fill their belly but also to cure their body. They literally use their food as medicine to cure diseases.

• The use of oil and dairy items is very limited in this cuisine. Mostly vegetables and herbs are used to obtain desired texture and taste.

• The usage of the fresh ingredient in this cuisine is so high that it is considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

• Since the philosophy of this cuisine is to make the body healthier, therefore, contrasting flavors and textures are used to acquire the right combination for the body.

• Cooling and heating properties of ingredients are taken into account before cooking any dish, therefore, some dishes are not cooked during certain seasons. For instance, duck meat is cool therefore it is usually served only in Summer.

• Seafood is considered hot therefore seafood is not considered suitable for Summer season. During Winter seafood becomes more popular and you can find various seafood dishes easily on streets of Vietnam in that season.

• Although food in Vietnam is very delicious but there is one thing that you may not want to taste which is shrimp paste. Vietnamese people like this paste but it is not popular among foreigners. Dog meat, Bun Dau, and Mam Tom are some of those dishes which contain shrimp paste.

• Most popular drink in Vietnam is snake wine, especially among visitors. This drink is considered good for bones, therefore, old people drink it a lot.

• There are more than 100 brands of tea in Vietnam. The most famous tea in this country is Thai Nguyen tea. On average, every person in this country drinks tea at least once in a day.

Vietnamese Cuisine Menu


• Bánh phở
• Bún ốc
• Bún Thịt Nướng
• Bánh canh
• Bún riêu
• Cao lầu
• Bún bò Huế
• Hủ tiếu
• Mì Quảng
• Pho


• Bánh cuốn
• Bánh tôm Hồ Tây
• Bánh ướt
• Bánh khúc
• Bánh tôm
• Bánh nậm
• Bánh xèo
• Cha gio
• Bánh ít trần
• Rice noodles
• Bánh tráng
• Rice Vermicel
• Bánh rế
• Bánh mì




• Nước chấm
• Beef noodles
• Papaya salad
• Hoisin sauce
• Sticky rice
• Maggi
• Fish sauce
• Broken rice
• Roll cake


• Balut
• Chạo tôm
• Tiết canh
• Bánh đa
• Cơm tấm
• Bánh lá
• Canh chua
• Giò lụa
• Chả
• Bánh chưng
• Cha gio
• Lò trấu
• Cốm
• Bánh gối
• Gỏi cuốn
• Cơm nắm
• Thịt Kho Tàu
• Congee
• Thit Bo Cuon La Lot


• Bánh bá trạng
• Bánh rán
• Bánh bèo
• Bánh phu thê
• Bánh bột lọc
• Bánh tẻ
• Bánh bao
• Bánh đúc
• Bánh bột lọc trần
• Coconut candy
• Bánh cam
• Bánh phu thê bột bán
• Bánh căn
• Bánh trung thu
• Bánh khọt
• Bánh ít
• Chè trôi nước
• Bánh pía


• Vietnamese wine
• Soy milk
• Vietnamese tea
• Soda sữa hột gà
• Rượu cần
• Vietnamese iced coffee
• Chanh muối
• Snake wine
• Rượu thuốc
• Vietnamese lotus tea
• Rượu đế
• Hue Beer
• Nước mía
• Rau má
• Bia hơi
• Nước sâm

Holiday Menus

• Sticky Rice
• Honey Ham
• Sweet Tofu Custard
• Baked Char Siu Bao
• Fancy Cookies
• Baked Sweet Potatoes
• Fresh Jackfruit
• Wontons in Broth
• Taro Puffs
• Braised Mushrooms Stuffed
• Sizzling Rice Crepes



Most Popular Dishes

It is very difficult to take out few popular dishes from this cuisine because there are dozens of dishes in this cuisine which are popular all over the world.

Bún bò Huế: Huế is a royal city of this country and this dish is actually a special noodle soup which originated from this city. This noodle soup contain beef especially beef bones. other ingredients of this dish are dried chili, lemongrass, shrimp paste, mint leaves, lime wedges, and beans. This dish is so popular that you can find it on food streets and restaurants. The quality of taste may vary a bit but naturally this dish is very delicious and healthy.

Cơm gà rau thơm: This is a rice dish with chicken. The combination of rice and chicken is very common in Southeast Asia but this dish is special because it does not contain oil and too many spices. It is a simple but delicious dish with mint and some other herbs.

Banh Xeo: This dish is also known as sizzling pancakes and it is one of the spiciest dish in this country. This pancake contains bean sprouts, shrimp, eggs and pork. All these ingredients are then wrapped in the paper with sauce and rice. Banh Xeo is easily available on the streets and restaurants of Vietnam and you must taste it whenever you visit this country.

Most Used Ingredients

• Natural spices
• Rice
• Fish
• Lemongrass
• Mint
• Cilantro
• Tropical fruits
• Banana
• Mango
• Papay
• Rambutan
• long coriander
• Saigon cinnamon
• Lime
• Ginger

Traveling Foodie – What to eat when you travel to Vietnam

Street Food

• Bánh canh cua
• Bào ngư
• Da tê giác
• Vi cá
• Bún chả (bun cha)
• Bún thịt nướng (bun thit nuong)

Restaurant Food

• Bánh Cuốn
• Phở
• Gỏi Cuốn which is basically are Spring Rolls
• Bánh Mì
• Bánh Xèo
• Banh Chung
• Cơm Tấm

All these dishes are very delicious and you must give them a try whenever you visit to Vietnam. Most of these dishes are available in other parts of world. You can visit any Vietnamese restaurant in your country to enjoy these popular dishes of this colorful cuisine.

Are you from Vietnam? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Vietnamese ethnic food.

D. Nguyen