Vietnam – Top Things To Eat And Drink

Fresh Beer

I don't think I need to tell you anything about this other than, it is beer and it costs approx. 20p per glass! What else do you really need to know? It is also often served out the back of someone's house and on to the street. Pull up a plastic stool on Beer Corner in Hanoi and watch the world go by, Fresh Beer in hand.

Goi cuon (Summer rolls)

These beautiful little things, also sometimes called fresh spring rolls (everything is fresh in Vietnam) contain vegetable, pork, prawn and vermicelli noodles all wrapped up in a clear rice paper. Served at room temperature and with a nice dipping sauce.

Banh Mi

France has left it's mark on culinary Vietnam too. Banh Mi is a Vietnamese baguette filled with all manner of things and can be found at food stalls all over the place. A popular filling is shredded pork accompanied with cucumber, carrots and coriander.


Probably Vietnam's most well-known dish, Pho is a broth-y noodle soup usually served with thinly sliced beef and a cocktail of aromatic herbs.

White Rose

White Rose is most commonly found in and around Hoi An. It is a light dumpling filled with prawn and pork and topped with crispy shallots. One of the best things I've ever eaten!

Bún chả

A pile of grilled fatty pork served with a pile of white rice noodles. A dish for kings and hungover people!

Banh Ran

These sesame seed balls are a favourite of street vendors who often carry around a basket filled with them. They are sweet on the outside made of a glutinous rice flour and with a mung bean coconut filling.

Vietnamese fried spring rolls

Like the former fresh spring rolls but deep fried. They are very similar to Thai spring rolls but generally bigger and the rice paper has a different texture.