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Apr 21

A Vietnam Food Tour: Photos To Make You Drool

Vietnam Food Tour Photos

I’ll be honest: My expectations for the food in Vietnam weren’t high. Although everyone had raved about it as an incredible place for foodies, my experience with the food had been limited to pho, the simple noodle soup dish that, while delicious, did not inspire in me a hope of brilliantly varied and spiced dishes. Luckily, I was in for a pleasant surprise.

 

Within my first few days in Vietnam I realized I had no idea what to order on any menu, so I signed up for a food tour in the old quarter of Hanoi. It turned out to be one of my favorite experiences and an amazing investment. Not to mention I ate a week’s worth of food in one afternoon so in case I got lost and stranded during my trek in Sapa, I’d have enough reserve to get me through.

Vietnam Food Tour Photos

The food tour introduced me to an array of street food and opened my eyes to the wide variety of dishes on offer. From there I had the basic knowledge and confidence to branch out and try new things in food stalls and small local restaurants. And let me tell you: my taste buds are in heaven.

 

Nearly every meal comes with a pile of fresh herbs like coriander, mint, lemongrass, and basil. Chili and fish sauce give the dishes a zing and the meats are marinated and flavorful. The food is always freshly prepared and generally feels light and healthy.

 

Unfortunately I don’t always know the name of what I’m eating; I’ll see it on someone else’s plate and point to it, or I’m too busy devouring the deliciousness to remember the long name of whatever dish it is I’ve picked from the menu. Regardless, the food in Vietnam is unbelievable and here is a little photo journey of some of the dishes I’ve eaten along the way:

 

Fried Spring Rolls

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Pan Fried Fish: Wrap it in rice paper with noodles, veggies, and herbs and dip it in a chili sauce

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Morning Glory Salad: Bean sprouts, morning glory (the green plant), carrots, and sautéed tofu

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Bahn Xeo: A fried rice pancake (more like a taco) with pork and bean sprouts inside

 

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Sticky Rice with Pork

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Sticky Rice with … Different kinds of Pork

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Fried Noodles with Eel

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Some Kind of Heavenly Dumpling Soup With Noodles and Pork and Mushrooms and possibly unicorn dust

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Banh Mi: A sandwich with meat, veggies, and chili sauce

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Sizzling Pork: A specialty of Sapa, served on a hot plate

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Rice Cake Thingies on Salad with a Yummy Dressing (yep, that’s it’s official name)

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Fresh Spring Rolls

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Bun Cha: A specialty of Hanoi, it’s grilled pork with noodles, veggies, and a special broth (one of my favorite dishes)

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Fried Bread Food Cart

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Warm Coconut Cream Pudding

 

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Caramen (like flan) with milk, fruit gummies, and ice

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Cakes and Tarts and Mousses! Enough said. 

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Heaven!

Vietnam Food Tour Photos

I did the Food on Foot Tour with Vietnam Awesome Travel and would definitely recommend it. For $25 a guide took me and two others around the old quarter and let us try at least 8 dishes, and was flexible to let us try anything we were interested in. The guide was sweet, gave us a tour of the market, and told us lots of information about Vietnamese food. I couldn’t eat for a full day afterward. 🙂

  • Wow, those mousses and tarts. Mmmmm. And the fried spring rolls. I’m suddenly super hungry!

    • KaleenasKaleidoscope

      I ate waaaayyyy too many of those desserts. The fried spring rolls are good, but the fresh ones are actually my favorite! (and you don’t feel as guilty eating them)