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10 Vietnamese dishes praised in foreign press

Wed, 29 Oct 2014. Last updated Fri, 08 May 2015 13:52

Nowadays, Vietnamese cuisine is becoming more and more well-known in the world. With the harmonious and elegant combination of five fundamental taste elements, it is no coincidence that international friends give many compliments to Vietnamese dishes.

Below are 10 most favorite dishes of Vietnamese cuisine frequently received great feedbacks from foreign travelers.

1. Pho (Vietnamese Noodles)

Vietnamese Noodles Soup

Occupying the first position in the list is Pho, which is often called as Vietnamese Noodles by foreigners. It can be said that Pho creates the soul of Vietnamese food. A typical bowl of Vietnamese Noodles is made from linguine-shaped rice noodles, hot broth, fresh herbs, and meat (primarily beef or chicken). Everyone setting foot in Vietnam often says that they will never forget the delectable flavors of Pho.

2. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich)

Banh Mi Vietnam

"Delicious", "finest", and "unique" are compliments that international travelers give for Banh Mi when they have chance to enjoy it. Most of them agree that Banh Mi Vietnam deserves to be one of the most delicious Vietnamese street food and the cheapest ones in the world. Recently, David Farley, a correspondent of BBC News has published an article about Banh Mi. According to Farley, Banh Mi is the most delicious sandwich that he has tried. 

3. Bun Bo Hue (Hue Beef Rice Vermicelli) 

Hue Beef Rice Vermicelli

The latest episode of series "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown", a famous American Chef, Anthony Bourdrain exclaimed that Hue Beef Rice Vermicelli was the most delicious soup in the world. In the episode, Anthony Bourdrain takes audience to Hue Citadel to try famous Hue Beef Noodles Soup. In Dong Ba Market, Bourdrain had an opportunity to taste this dish. After enjoying Hue beef noodles, Bourdrain did not hesitate to give the dish a title "The best soup in the world".

4. Chuoi Nep Nuong (Baked Sticky Bananas)

Baked Sticky Bananas

Few people know that baked banana, a popular dish in the southern region of Vietnam, is a favorite food of many diners in Singapore Food Festival 2014. Baked sticky bananas are derived from Ben Tre Province and gradually spread throughout other southern provinces. The sweetness of bananas mingling with the aroma of baked glutinous rice and coconut milk has “conquered” taste of many international tourists.

5. Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong Grilled Fish Pie)

La Vong Grilled Fish Pie

La Vong Grilled Fish Pie is a long-standing traditional dish of Hanoi citizens. Patricia Schultz, a famous author of a book named "1000 Places to See before You Die" listed a restaurant located in No.14, Cha Ca Street is one of these 1000 destinations. Besides, MNBC news agency voted Cha Ca La Vong in the fifth position among 10 must-to-see places before you die. La Vong Grilled Fish Pie is rated 5-star in many tourism website.

6. Bun Rieu Cua (Fresh-Water Crab Noodles Soup)

Fresh-Water Crab Noodles Soup

In a documentary film about Hanoi carried out by CNN, Fresh-Water Crab Noodles Soup was described as an essence of Asian cuisine. With foreign travelers, crab and fried tofu has created special flavors for the dish. Besides, Vietnamese herbs and vegetables also help the noodles soup become perfect.

7. Bun Cha (Kebab Rice Noodles)

Kebab Rice Noodles (Bun Cha)

In a list of the most delicious food in summer suggested by CNN, Kebab Rice Noodles has attracted many foreigners. To enjoy the most delectable Kebab Rice Noodles, you should visit Hanoi. The main ingredients of the dish are grilled pork and noodles. Besides, Kebab Rice Noodles will be served with fish sauce and some types of special Vietnamese herbs. This is the most favorite dishes of people in the northern region of Vietnam.

8. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Roll)

Vietnamese Spring Roll

Visiting Vietnam, tourists can find Vietnamese Spring Roll not only in open markets but also in luxurious restaurants. The harmonious combination among pork, prawn, vegetables, rice vermicelli, and other ingredients wrapped in rice papers served with special sauce brings tourists a mouthwatering dish.

9. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Vietnamese Pancake (Banh Xeo)

Vietnamese Pancake is a popular dish in three big regions in Vietnam. Vietnamese Pancake literally means "sizzling cake", named for the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet. However, international tourists often call it as Pancake Vietnam. With the eye-catching appearance and tasty flavors, Vietnamese Pancake is a must-to-try food of many travelers.

10. Banh Khot (Khot Cake)

Khot Cake

Vietnam cuisine has the hard-to-resist appeal. In Street Food Festival 2013, Banh Khot is one of dishes received many compliments from visitors. Banh Khot is known as Pancake Vung Tau style or mini savory pancake. The dish is often served with sweet sour fish sauce.

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