Culinary Heaven is Right Here – Food of Vietnam

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Culinary Heaven is Right Here – Food of Vietnam

“Vietnam is a country of food, a country of skinny people obsessed with eating.”

– From ‘Catfish and Mandala’ by Andrew X. Pham

You’re right Andrew, they really are.

One thing I didn’t worry in Vietnam was; what to eat. There are food carts, street vendors, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and food vendors who carry their food on their shoulders. Noodles, spring rolls, coffee, tea, fruit, snack… it was a matter of choice whenever we’re hungry. What an amazing place.

The variety is beyond amazing; every part of the animal you’ll see in the market, and you wouldn’t really want to know what actually that is. However, whatever they cook from whatever kind of meat; it will be delicious.

The food in north and south are different; and some cities have quite unique features, like Hue. However, no matter where you go, you’ll see plenty of food and the passion for eating. Yet, people are so small and skinny. Now that’s a mystery.

 

Noodles

The variety of noodles are absolutely fantastic. It’s popular mostly for breakfast and lunch, and you can order whatever you want to put in the bowl.

Bun Cha Hanoi

Breakfast Pho with fishballs

Breakfast Pho with fishballs

Breakfast Pho with deep fried fish

Breakfast Pho with deep fried fish

Pho - Beef noodles

Pho Bo - Beef noodles

Bun bo Hue - beef and pork noodles

Bun bo Hue - beef and pork noodles

Cao lầu - Noodles

Cao lầu - Noodles

 

Bun bo nam bo

Bun bo nam bo

 

Various others

I was thinking how to categorize other dishes, and I’ve decided that I can’t. So here are many varieties of food, other than noodles.

 

Springrolls with a boatman

Sailing the sea of spring rolls

Steamed fish from Mekong Delta

Steamed fish from Mekong Delta

Banh khoai - Vietnamese Pancake

Banh khoai - Vietnamese Pancake

Michael with Banh xeo - Vietnamese Pancake

Michael with Banh xeo - Vietnamese Pancake

Banh Beo - Vietnamese rice cake with shrimp

Banh Beo - Vietnamese rice cake with shrimp

Nem lui - fried pork on lemongrass

Nem lui - fried pork on lemongrass

White Rose - Hue

White Rose - Hue

Barbecued meat in Chau Doc

Barbecued meat in Chau Doc

Oc Hut - spicy snails

Oc Hut - spicy snails

Com Ga - Chicken Rice in Hoi An

Com Ga - Chicken Rice in Hoi An

Fried Wonton

Fried Wonton

Deep fried tofu

Deep fried tofu

Deep fried springrolls at the market in Vinh Long

Deep fried springrolls at the market in Vinh Long

Fresh springrolls at the market in Vinh Long

Fresh springrolls at the market in Vinh Long

Barbecued meat with noodles

Barbecued meat with noodles

Grilled chicken leg at the chicken street in Hanoi Vietnam

Grilled chicken leg at the chicken street in Hanoi Vietnam

 

 

Little Extra

Lime, chili and fresh herbs are little extra something that always on the table. Add it as you wish.

 

Limes and Chili Peppers

Limes and Chili Peppers

Garlic and Chili pepper

Garlic and Chili pepper

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

20 Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow you ate a lot of different stuff in your short time in this country! Well done! I think most travellers stick to Pho, but there’s so much more. Good job discovering it! You’re making me hungry!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Jenny! We tried to eat different food every day. I guess we kind of succeed! But Hue was really hard to find something to eat. They are just known for their ‘little’ food, and it never fulfilled our appetite!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Oh my! This all looks so good 🙂 I love those little figures – so cute.

  3. Bianca says:

    Those photos have made me so hungry. I’m still trying to master a homemade pho but nothing tastes like it does in Vietnam.

  4. Priya says:

    I love that top picture of you, Juno!
    One thing I worry about when I do get the opportunity to travel is the food. Is Vietnam vegetarian friendly?

  5. Favourites here: the pork and lemongrass; the wontons; the chicken leg; and OHMYGOD that pho with deep fried fish looks amazing!

    Now for my confession, Juno…I’ve NEVER eaten Vietnamese food. Time to hunt down somewhere in Seoul next time I go, methinks!

  6. pork on LEMONGRASS sticks!? *dies* what am I doing in America!?

  7. Oh wow! The food here in Japan has been AMAZING, but Vietnamese food will always be one of my first loves! I can’t wait for us to get to Vietnam so I can try all of these wonderful dishes for myself!

    • Juno says:

      Japanese food is amazing. I have to visit Japan for the foodie trip! They know how to make great food for sure. But yes, Vietnamese had more of a rough-charm. Not a fine art like Japanese, but the homey feeling I liked.

  8. Mark Wiens says:

    I NEED all of this right now, my mouth is watering! When I was in Vietnam I didn’t see that deep fried fish pho, that looks fantastic!

  9. DebbZie says:

    Oh my ! this is too much for me. It’s gonna hard for me to fall asleep now because I’m thinking about those yummy food *drools*

  10. Anthony says:

    Great photos! Making me nostalgic.

  11. Paul says:

    Awesome blog update. Having just come back from Vietnam and sampled so much amazing food there, I can say that you’ve really captured a good cross section of what’s available in that country. Such tasty, fresh, amazing food.

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