People seeking fulfilling and interesting Vietnam holidays should consider a food tour. They will be rewarded with an exciting and unique Southeast Asian cuisine that is delicious, healthy and colourful. An expansive food tour also offers a good reason to see the entire nation while eating your way across one of the most fascinating cultures in the world.
A common greeting in Vietnam is this: Have you eaten? It’s a polite greeting designed as an invitation to try Vietnam’s wide-ranging cuisine. The Vietnamese are rightfully proud of their food culture and want to share it with everyone. Eating food inserts itself into every corner and crevice of Vietnamese life. The people offer a wide range of Vietnamese delicacies on the streets, on corner stalls and in a vast number of tiny restaurants.
Ho Chi Minh City
In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you can enjoy a bottle of beer surrounded in ice to maintain its chill and a spicy noodle dish in a street shop. The food here is influenced by the city’s cosmopolitan nature and its greater contact with the outside world. Seafood is a favourite here and the soft-shelled crab is amazing.
Try the crab spring rolls fried to a delectable crisp. Crab meat fried up with Japanese noodles, Thai peppers and mushrooms is a dish that shouldn’t be missed. Saigon’s sidewalk cafes, with fruit dishes, pork plates and fresh smoothies, will keep you hopping from one scrumptious taste treat to another as you mentally plan your next Vietnam holidays for a stop in Hoi An.
This fishing village is a mecca for tourists who enjoy their catch fresh from the sea. Grilled squid or clams with mint, ginger and lemongrass are impressive. Barbecue restaurants have set up picnic tables on Cua Dai beach. Street vendors and bakers here sell the ubiquitous Vietnamese sandwich called banh mi. It’s a baguette stuffed with barbecued pork, pickled carrots, cucumber and chillies and then topped with a measure of mayo. This treat will get you fuelled up for Vietnam holidays to Hanoi.
At Hanoi, you must eat the traditional dish called pho bo. Mainly a breakfast food, pho bo is a beef broth soup spiced with anise, ginger and cloves and then filled with cooked beef. If you desire a particular dish, you search among the thousands of street vendors to find it. The city is one vast buffet of flavours. You’ll find grilled pork, tangy fish, spring rolls and rice and vermicelli. This is the city where the Vietnamese while away hours at sidewalk cafes, sipping black and strong coffee.