The Unique Dishes of North, Central and South Vietnam

Each part of Vietnam has something unique to offer, especially when it comes to their dishes. For instance, North Vietnam is pretty cold all year round. This is why soups are quite popular up north. Pho, Vietnam’s national dish is usually served there. With vermicelli noodles, sliced beef, bean sprouts and chopped peanuts, pho is something you just can’t resist.

Pho is served in different ways across the country. You can add chili sauce or lime when you get the dish. They are optional, but they could enhance the taste of pho. Rice porridge is also very popular up north. There are also other exciting dishes you might not have tried before such as cobra meat and silk worms. If you are brave enough, you can give them a try.

Central Vietnam

Moving towards the centre of the country will also give you something different. This part has some links to the imperial kitchens of the emperors who ruled the country in the past. Some of the dishes that are served even now were from the recipes used for serving those emperors.

Bun Bo Hue is one of the most popular dishes. It is a spicy beef soup, not for those who don’t like their food spicy. You might have to eat it accompanied with an entire bottle of water. Banh Khoai is another option if you want something sweet. It is like a pancake that comes with peanut sauce. Seafood such as crabs are also very popular in Central Vietnam.

Southern Vietnam

Going down south, you will find the best that Vietnam can offer. From high-quality vegetables to fresh meat, you will get only the best down south. Banh Xeo is a famous dish which is a pancake, but with different toppings like green beans, shrimp, coconut milk and larger green beans. It also comes with a fish sauce.

The best spring rolls can be found down south. The rich spices and herbs used in creating these spring rolls make them totally unique.

You don’t need to go to Vietnam

After discussing all these tasty dishes from Vietnam, you might want to plan your trip now and just go straight to the country. The truth is you don’t have to. If you live in London, it is easy finding a Vietnamese restaurant London offers. You just need to make sure that you choose the best place to dine. You can even order some of these dishes online. Given the fact that some chefs have trained in Vietnam or are of Vietnamese descent, you can even taste the best of Vietnam while you are still in London.