Vietnam is known as a country with many different cuisine. The three-region cuisine has created a diverse and unique Vietnam in the way of eating. And today, to enjoy and experience the difference, diners can come to the big cities of different regions to experience these interesting cuisine.
The delicacy in Northern cuisine – Hanoi
Northern people are especially careful in eating. This region is also a place where ancestors settled for a long time so food are screened, carefully selected and become the standard, not easy to change. Northern people prefer frugal, light and mildly sour dishes.
It will be a big omission if ignoring Pho Hanoi which costs you less than $2 for for a very sophisticated and attractive dish. The broth is always the key to make a difference. Besides, the variety when choosing Pho is also an attraction, you can order base on taste such as steak – the favorite one, flank, tendon, tripe or brisket. Besides beef, which is usually the main meat, Pho in different regions also has variations to replace beef with chicken.
Pho can be found easily all over this S-shaped strip of land, however, the most typical flavor is still in Hanoi. Here are some suggestions for you:
Traditional heirloom noodle shop
Address: No. 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:00 – 10:00 | 18:00 – 20:30
Price: 30,000 VND – 55,000 VND
Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su
Address: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening time: 6:30 – 22:30
Price: 50,000 – 70,000 VND
Pho “Bưng” Hang Trong
Address: No.1 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening time: 15:00 – 20:00
Price: 30,000 – 60,000 VND
Bun cha Hanoi
Another equally delicious dish is “bun cha”. This type of local food is usually more sophisticated than Pho because the layout and side dishes are separate. It is also quite interesting to enjoy. It may take you about 30,000 VND for a portion, and it is as popular as Pho.
Bun dau mam tom
And the last one that is indispensable on this list is Bun dau mam tom. It will be challenging if you feel uncomfortable with the smell of “mam tom”, “like dead fish’s smell” is often the first impression when tasting this particular kind of sauce. But if you’re already addicted, you’ll never forget it. This dish is a bit more expensive
than Pho and Bun cha, but the meal will satisfy you. It’s nice to go in a group of 3 to 4 people. Prices will range from 30,000 VND to more than 150,000 VND, depending on the combo you choose.
Tasty dish in the Middle of Vietnam – Hue city
Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam, where the ancient kings ruled. The Middle people use more spicy but less sweet than the South. Especially Hue people, from dishes for ordinary people or kings are very much, spicy and especially sour and spicy like pickle, shrimp sauce.
On a par with the famous Pho is Hue beef noodle soup which called “Bun bo Hue”. If you have a chance, let’s enjoy these famous food stores in Hue.
Here is address of some good restaurants in Hue:
Bún Bò Huế O Phượng
Location: 24 Nguyen Khuyen, Hue City
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 21:00 Price: 30,000 – 35,000 VND
Bún Bò Ông Vọng
Location: 5 Nguyen Du, Hue City
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 18:00 L Price: 20,000 – 45,000 VND
Quán Cẩm – Bún Bò Huế
Location: 38 Trần Cao Vân, Huế City
Opening Hours: 6:00 – 10:00 am Price: 20,000 – 40,000 VND
Two famous kinds of Hue cakes all over the country are Banh beo and Banh bot loc. They are made from rice and some kinds of meat. Just hearing the name evokes a very unique color for Hue.
Just visit the Dining area at Tay Loc Market, address 209 Nguyen Trai, Tp. Hue, the world of Hue cuisine will take you by surprise.
To fill your stomach, you can not ignore mussel rice in Hue, which called “Cơm hến”. A dish may look simple but to get a complete bowl of rice, the cook must spend a lot of effort choosing and cooking. You can have it at:
Cơm hến Bà Cam
Address: 02 Trương Định, Tp, Huế
Price: 10,000 – 20,000/ portion (bowl)
Bún, Cơm hến Tý Hon
Address: 03 Han Mac Tu, Hue City
Cơm hến Hàn Mặc Tử Huế
Address: 17 Han Mac Tu, Tp, Hue
Diverse cuisine in South of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh city and Can Tho
The food of the Southerners is simple and not picky as the people here are honest and simple. The Southern dishes are diverse and unpredictable with sweet, spicy and fatty flavors.
Hu tiu (noodle) are familiar Mekong Delta River people. It is even more famous and special because of its richness, deliciousness and appeal to visitors once enjoyed. You can easily find restaurants selling this kind of food from the average 20,000 VND to the high price more than 60,000VND for a bowl.
Vietnamese pancakes is still one of the familiar delicacies of the Mekong Delta River area, both rustic and idyllic. Pancake is not only found in the West but also in other regions of our country with its own processing. The price is similar to other cakes, ranging from 15,000 to over 70,000VND for a full piece of bread, sauce and rice paper.
Hot pot is an replaceable dish in the occasion of gathering friends, family or big and small parties of Southern people. The variety in the food ingredients and the warm taste of it makes eater impressive. Hotpot stores are everywhere, your job is just to choose the right hotpot you like to enjoy. Its price is depend on level of where you eat, ranging from 100,000 to 300,000VND.
This article introduces you to the famous specialties of the 3 largest regions in Vietnam, I hope you can enjoy all these dishes, besides, there are still a lot of dishes. Another interesting part, contributing to the richness and originality for Vietnamese cuisine.