37 Pictures of the Drinks and Street Food in Vietnam that You Must Try

When it comes to places to eat and drink for cheap with an array of flavors that will blow you away, Vietnam is the country best suited for that adventure. All over this beautiful country, you will find many choices of delicious dishes and drinks. These include Pho Bo, iced or hot coffee, or fresh-made natural tropical fruit juices. Almost at every corner in any city in Vietnam, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee for $ 1.00 at local shops, but if you want, you can also enjoy those that will cost you up to $ 5.00 or more for a cup of worldwide known Vietnamese Arabica beans.

If you are an adventurous traveler on a budget you can enjoy a local lunch for $ 1.00 – 1.50 or if you want to splurge a little, choose to pay much more if your pocket can handle it. As food and coffee lovers, we share below some of our favorite Vietnamese street dishes, coffee, and drinks from all over this Southeast-Asian country. When you visit Vietnam, we challenge you to try them and make your taste buds dance with joy.

Street Food in Vietnam

Pho Bo has got to be one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. Our favorite is Pho Tai, in which the soup is garnished with thinly slices of raw beef that cook upon contact with the hot and steamy beef broth.

Rice rolls – Chả giò

Called chả giò in the south, and nem rán in northern Vietnam, both names refer to the same dish – fried spring rolls. The pork and shrimp filling, wrapped in delicate rice paper and deep-fried characterises this unique dish.
Com Lam (Vietnamese sticky rice in bamboo) is the rice cooked with some other ingredients, then put in a bamboo tube and grilled on the fire. It is the famous rice of ethnic groups in the Northwest mountainous area of Vietnam.

Street Food in Vietnam – Rice pancakes

A bánh bèo is a popular Vietnamese street food dish that originates from Huế, a city in Central Vietnam. The name of the dish directly translates to English as water fern cakes. Bánh bèo’s base consists of a combination of rice flour and tapioca flour. The ingredients include dried shrimps, crispy pork skin, scallion oil, and dipping sauce.
Bánh Căn is mini pancake made from a white mixture of rice powder, which is poured into a pottery pancake pan, placed above a coal stove and served with quail egg, minced beef, squid or shrimp. A bowl of dipping sauce made of diluted fish sauce and fried chopped green onion and meatballs often accompanies the dish.
Bánh xèo is a popular savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder in Vietnam. Bánh means cake while xèo means sizzle. The name refers to the loud sound the rice batter makes when poured into the hot skillet.
Bánh cuốn is made from thin sheets of a steamed rice batter and often filled with a flavorful mixture of cooked ground pork, minced wood ear mushrooms, and shallots. Fried shallots, a special dipping fish sauce, slices of Vietnamese pork sausage, and some fresh herbs also accompany the rice rolls.  

bánh bột chiên – Fried Rice Flour cakes

In Vietnamese cuisine, bánh bột chiên translate to fried rice flour cakes. This Chinese-influenced pastry exists in many forms all over Asia. The Vietnamese version features a special tangy soy sauce on the side, rice flour cubes with fried eggs, and some vegetables.

Cơm – Rice

Cơm tấm in Vietnamese literally means broken rice or cooked rice from fractured rice grains. This broken rice dish comes served with a thin grilled pork chop, egg, pickled vegetables, and dipping fish sauce.
Cơm gà is one of the signature dishes of Hoi An, a small ancient town in Central Vietnam. It features chicken tossed with Vietnamese coriander, onions, and lime juice dressing. The chicken is then served with turmeric rice cooked directly in chicken stock. So tasty and refreshing!

Street Food in Vietnam – Breakfast Dishes

Bánh mìthe Vietnamese word for bread – is perhaps one of the most iconic street foods in Vietnam . In Vietnamese cuisine, it also refers to a type of short baguette with a thin, crisp crust and soft, airy texture inside. Often split lengthwise and filled with various savory ingredients, Bánh mì often resembles a submarine sandwich.
Ideally eaten for breakfast or brunch, “bánh mì xíu mại”, pork meatballs in hot gravy sauce with crispy bread, is a distinctive dish. It comes from Da Lat, a resort town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
Ốp La is a Vietnamese breakfast dish consisting of the Bánh Mì (bread) and Ốp La (fried sunny side up eggs).
Cao lầu is a regional Vietnamese noodle dish, from the city of Hội An, in central Vietnam‘s Quảng Nam Province. It typically consists of slices of barbecue pork, pork crackling, bean sprouts, lettuce, and herbs on a bed of rice noodles which has been soaked in lye water. This gives Cao lầu a characteristic texture and color that sets it apart from other Vietnamese noodle dishes.

Street Food in Vietnam – Chè (Dessert)

Chè is any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Varieties of Chè include mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly, fruit, and coconut cream.

Hoi An Market

Hoi An market is one of the places you can enjoy a great variety of delicious dishes. If visiting Hoi An, we highly recommend you stop by this place.

Street Food in Vietnam – Seafood Dishes

Bún riêu, a Vietnamese rice noodle soup, comes flavored with tomatoes, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and a meat broth. It features tofu usually, but the unique addition to this soup is the “riêu” or meatballs, made of pork, shrimp, crab, and prawns.
Mì Quảng. This Vietnamese classic consists of a combination of flat rice noodles and yellow egg noodles served with a small amount of flavorful meat broth and crispy fresh vegetables and herbs. These include: banana blossoms, lettuce, cilantro, scallions, and Vietnamese coriander. This versatile dish can come topped with pork belly, chicken, shrimps, fish, boiled eggs, roasted peanuts, and fish crackers. Though it originated in Central Vietnam, more precisely the Quảng Nam Province, nowadays locals and visitors can enjoy mì quảng throughout the country.
A must try at local Hai San (seafood) shops throughout Vietnam, grilled shrimps satisfy most appetites!
The southern island of Phu Quoc hosts a range of seafood treats, like these Grilled sea urchins.
Seafood pot of lemongrass clams and grilled octopus in Da Nang

At the side of the road

BBQ meat street vendors offer a wide variety of meats and meat balls grilled and flavored.
A lady selling roasted corn and sweet potatoes on the streets of Nha Trang. Usually they carry a container with shallots and other spices that they will put over your corn or potato upon request.
Food street vendors in Hue, Vietnam
A street vendor in the city of Nha Trang selling boiled tapioca sprinkled with sugar and grated coconut.
White Rose Dumplings (Bánh bao, bánh vạc) are made from two small 2-inch diameter rounds of rice paper with a small spoonful of meat or shrimp filling in the center. When the rice paper is steamed, the edges get soft and chewy and warp a little, making the dumpling look like a white flower.

Cover picture: Bánh Tráng Nướng (Vietnamese Pizza) is a super popular street food snack in Vietnam. Preparations include roasting rice paper on a charcoal grill’s low-medium heat. Ground pork, chopped spring onions, and an egg mixed with dried shrimp crisps then top the dish.


Italian-style coffees

Cappuccino at Maison Marou in Saigon.
Cappuccino is one of the most popular Italian drinks in the coffee community. It’s a hot beverage that’s loved and adored by many. Traditionally, Cappuccinos come prepared with equal parts of double espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam on top. It’s also smaller in volume than a latte and has a thicker layer of milk microfoam. https://maisonmarou.com
Cappuccino & Cà phê nóng at S-Coffee Roastery in Dalat. https://www.facebook.com/Scoffeedl/

Vietnamese Coffees

Cà phê dừa (coconut milk coffee) at Cộng Cà Phê
Cà phê dừa or Vietnamese Coconut Coffee is one of the unique coffees we fell in love with in Vietnam. Often served as a smoothie, it includes Vietnamese coffee, condensed milk, and coconut milk blended to absolute perfection which must be enjoyed to the last drop. https://congcaphe.com
Coffee, cold drinks and fresh coconut water vendor on her floating shop at Mekong River serving us iced black coffee (cà phê đen đá)
Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee)
Vietnamese egg coffee (cà phê trứng), a unique kind of coffee that you cannot miss, consists of coffee with sugar, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks mixed together. It might sound weird, but the egg yolk’s creamy soft, meringue-like texture perching on the dense Vietnamese signature coffee tastes surprisingly good.
Ice black coffee (cà phê đen đá) at Gau Garden with a mountainous view of Dalat. https://www.facebook.com/GâuGarden-351273408708315/
Iced milk coffee (cà phê sữa đá) at one of our favorite local coffee shop in Hoi An.

V60 Coffee

V60 Coffee Dripper
The V60 coffee dripper has become increasingly popular in recent years. It delivers incredibly clear flavors and aromas, allowing coffee lovers to enjoy even the subtlest notes in their coffee. For this reason, the V60 is one of specialty coffee’s favorite brewing methods. Within 3 minutes, you can brew an incredibly tasty coffee. https://m.facebook.com/sonpacamara/
Enjoying our V60 Pacamara coffee
Pacamara originates from a cross between Pacas and Maragogype. The pacamara coffee beans at Son Pacamara in Dalat have a peach, spice aroma, heavy body, long and sweet aftertaste. If you visit Da Lat, Vietnam, make sure you reserve a coffee tour with Son Pacamara at https://m.facebook.com/sonpacamara/
Drinks and Street Food Vietnam - Ca Phe Nong
Cà Phê Nóng or Cà Phê Sữa Nóng (Hot black coffee or Hot milk coffee)

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This article on drinks and street food in Vietnam was created and written by J. Ivan Quezada and all pictures taken by Leollyne Teng from www.travelandfood.net. Its creation has been made in common agreement with Nathan Piccio and Ross Edlin, owners and publishers of www.vietnamready.com

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