Various Vietnam Food Cultures You Should Know

Each country certainly has a lot of foods from heavy foods to snacks including in Vietnam. There are various Vietnam food cultures that have the delicious taste. Even in Vietnam, the same food is often served in two different styles, north and also south.

Various Vietnam Food Cultures

The following are some Vietnam food cultures that you should know.

Beef Noodles (Pho Bo)

This is the favorite food number 1 in Vietnam and most famous outside of Vietnam. This meat-noodle origin is from North Vietnam. But it is developed in the South for a long time. Therefore, there are 2 “pho” in two different styles, north and south. According to some foodies, besides the north and south style, in Vietnam still has some other style in processing this “pho”. A good Pho should have three main components, soup, beef, and noodles.

Vietnam Food Culture

Broken Rice (Com Tam)

Com tam or broken rice is also a favorite food. Com tam is a rice-based Vietnamese food that has a distinctive aroma. This is because flavored with fish sauce. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly salty. Moreover, the rice is also added the spicy fish sauce by stirring it in oil that has been mixed with finely chopped onions.

Sticky Rice (Xoi)

Sticky rice or Xoi is similar to beef noodles that have two serving styles, northern and southern styles. Sticky rice can be served with a sweet and salty taste. The favorite is sticky rice that mixed with corn in North Vietnamese-style or Xoi bap. The corn is cooked and then mixed with sticky rice.

Then, it is added green beans, delicious fried onion, and sugar on it. The other favorite is sticky rice salted or Xoi man. Xoi man is given dried shrimp, Chinese sausage, and stirred with oil that has been mixed with scallions and seasoned with soy sauce.

Xoi man

Saigon Baguette (Banh mi Sai Gon)

The best place to taste this food is at Sai Gon. A good baguette Saigon should be served while it is warm, crispy, and filled with a variety of vegetables and meats. The contents of Saigon baguette consist of several kinds of Vietnamese pork ham, liver paste (pate gan), vegetables (cucumber, coriander, spring onion, chili), and acid flavor (do Chua) that is made from flakes of pickled carrots and white radish.

Rice Noodles (Bun)

There are several ways and kinds of this rice noodle including bún thịt nướng (rice noodle with roast pork), bún riêu (rice noodles with sour crab soup), bún chả giò (rice noodles with fried spring rolls content). The favorites are bún thịt nướng for vermicelli. It is served without soup.

Meanwhile, bún riêu for rice noodles is served in soup. You can enjoy Bun Bo Hue for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Bun Bo Hue for breakfast, lunch or even dinner! The distinctive taste of this food is the special Hu shrimp paste (ruốc Huế) and lemongrasses are added to the soup during the meal.

Roll Cake (Bánh cuốn)

The Roll cake in Vietnam also has two different serving styles. The roll cake in the northern style is filled with pork (bánh cuốn nhân thịt) and in the southern style roll cake is called bánh ướt (wet cake). Both of roll cake is made from rice, steamed, and served with a sweet taste, spicy fish sauce, ham, pale sprouts, and additional herbs. Both are popular foods, but the southern style roll cake is more popular as a snack at Sai Gon.

Papaya Salad with Pork Liver (gỏi bò)

Papaya salad with pork liver is a favorite snack. Gỏi bò has become one of the most popular snacks among the youth and school juniors. Gỏi bò is made from young papaya that served in a sour-sweet spicy sauce with a topping of baked beans, Vietnamese basil, prawn crackers, and beef liver or lung that has been boiled with secret spices as well as an aromatic dark sweet sauce with distinctive spices.

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Big Noodles (Bánh canh)

Bánh Canh shape is like udon from Japan because of its jumbo size. In the South, there is Bánh canh with pork or with crab. Then in the north, there is banh canh with flower crab. Bánh canh with crab meat is cooked by fresh chili seasonings and lime juice which makes Bánh canh a very delicious meal.

Vietnam Food Culture

Yellow Noodles

Yellow noodles itself is a typical Chinese food but now is very famous in Vietnam. The Vietnamese version of yellow noodles has a distinct and different flavor from yellow noodles in Beijing or Hong Kong. Yellow noodles can be enjoyed as a breakfast or evening meal. The yellow noodles from Vietnam are served with good quality seafood, chicken, pork or a mixture of the three and served with distinctive taste soup of Vietnam.

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Fresh Spring Roll (Gỏi cuốn)

The last of Vietnam food cultures is Fresh Spring Roll. It is also the most popular snacks among the other spring rolls. Gỏi cuốn is a rolled-up food with spring rolls that made from rice and filled with vermicelli, vegetables, cooked pork, and cooked shrimp. It is served with a sweet soy sauce that is mixed with chopped roasted peanuts.

Vietnam Food Culture


There are various Vietnam food cultures that have the delicious taste. Even in Vietnam, the same food is often served in two different styles, north and also south.

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