1. Beef/Chicken noodles (Phở bò/Phở gà)
Origination from the North, but it is now found in every corners in Vietnam. This could be the No 1 street food in Vietnam and most recognizable Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam. There two main different styles: northern and southern. According to some foodies, besides these two official northern and southern styles we still have some other "styles. Good Phở should have all good three components: soup, beef and noodles. You can have Phở for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
2. Broken rice (Cơm tấm)
One of the favorite lunch or dinner for the locals is broken rice. Most important for broken rice is the rice itself and fish sauce, flavorful rice and a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit spicy fish sauce and by the way don't forget to top broken rice with special minced green onion stirred in the oil (mở hành)!
3. Sticky rice (Xôi)
This is a great breakfast dish that give you a boost of added energy. Similar to beef noodles, sticky rice also has two styles: northern and southern and they are quite different. Sticky rice has sweet and salty. It is recommended to taste a sticky rice with dried shrimp, chinese sausage, green onion stirred with oil, flavored with soy sauce.
4. Saigon baguette (Bánh mỳ Sài Gòn)
Along with Phở, Saigon baguette (bánh mỳ Saigon) is the most famous dish outside of Vietnam, something that tourist rave and hype about. A good, warm and crunchy bread is filled with many things. It could be several kinds of Vietnamese pork ham, liver paste (pâté gan), veggies (cucumber, coriander, green onion, chili...) and pickle.
5. Rice noodles (Bún)
It is found various kinds of noodles in Vietnam. Among them, the delicious ones could be bún thịt nướng (rice noodles with grilled pork), bún riêu (rice noodles with sour crab soup), bún chả giò (rice noodles with deep fried spring rolls).
It would be a big miss if you don't taste a Beef noodles in Huế style. Bún bò Huế is used for breakfast, lunch or late dinner. The most distinctive is its flavor - thanks to the special Huế shrimp paste (ruốc Huế) and lemon grass added to the soup during cooking.
6. Roll cake (Bánh cuốn)
There are two different kinds also: roll cake in a northern style, filled with pork meat (bánh cuốn nhân thịt) and roll cake in a southern style - we call bánh ướt (wet cake!). Both are made from rice, steamed and served with sweet, spicy fish sauce, ham and blanched bean sprouts, herbs. Both are most popular but wet cake (bánh ướt) could be more popular as street food in Sài Gòn as it's easy to sell from a mobile car.
7. Papaya salad with pork liver (gỏi bò)
It is the most popular and favorite snacks among the youth, esp. school teenagers. Made from shreds of young papaya, served in sour-sweet spicy sauce, topped with roasted peanut, Vietnamese basil, shrimp cracker and most important beef liver that has been braised in secret aromatic dark sweet sauce with probably different spices.
8. Big noodles (Bánh canh)
You could call it Vietnamese udon or bánh canh! You can find different styles of Big noodles: bánh canh with pork knuckle (bánh canh giò heo), or with crab (bánh canh cua), bánh canh with crab in a Huế style or with snakehead (bánh canh cá lóc), sweet bánh canh in coconut soup, very tasty, the speciality from Mekong Delta. Bánh canh is good for breakfast or light meal before dinner. The most favorite could be bánh canh with crab. The soup with crab meat, crab cake or some other stuffs, we need to add only some fresh chili, squeeze some drops of lime juice, all of it makes bánh canh heavenly good.
9. Yellow noodles
Originated from China, but this noodles dish already found home in here, probably hundred years ago! It is used for breakfast or late night meal! Yellow noodles can go with either seafood, chicken, pork or little of everything (mỳ đủ thứ). I
10. Fresh spring roll (Gỏi cuốn)
The most popular among the rolls - deep fried spring rolls but as street food - by somehow fresh spring roll or we simply call "gỏi cuốn" - more popular. Just a good rice paper, we roll with rice noodles, veggies and veggies, then cooked pork meat (thịt heo luộc) and cooked prawn! Dip sauce is sweet soy sauce mixed with chopped roasted peanut.
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