The cuisine of Vietnam has its roots in Chinese cooking, but definitely has its own character and flavor. The food is varied and delicious. In the south, the many years of French domination left clear traces; for example, you can pick up a baguette for breakfast.
you think you know Vietnamese cuisine by ordering
spring rolls or bapao in your home country, you're
wrong. In Vietnam, the dishes are much more varied, with an abundance of vegetables, fish and rice. Typical
Vietnamese dishes include pho, a noodle soup that is usually eaten for breakfast and you can order
anywhere; chai goi, fried spring
rolls; nem, famous Vietnamese spring rolls; elephant ear fish, a dangerous-looking fish that is delicious and very popular in the Mekong Delta; and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made from lotus, shrimp and nuts. The golden rule is eat everything with chopsticks!
When eating, drink coffee, tea, mineral water, local wine or beer. Never drink water from the tap! You can get small and large bottles of mineral water anywhere. The water from the tap is fine for brushing your teeth.
Meals in Vietnam are social events. People take their time and many different dishes are put on the table. Eating in the Vietnamese way is nice and homey. Get a taste of the local atmosphere and look for small, local restaurants instead of a large chains. This is not only fun and interesting but you also give a boost to the local economy. When
you are overcome by hunger, just follow your nose to the markets with pleasant food stalls
where you can buy snacks or full meals. In a very hot wok, Vietnamese specialties are prepared for you for a very low price. Here is where you always get the best value for your money.