Vietnam is considered as one of a paradise of street foods in Southeast Asia. Almost of main material of those fabulous dishes deprives from Vietnamese rice, which creates a unique feature for them. Let follow us to discover amazing things about top 6 Vietnamese street foods!
1. Banh mi
Banh is is a famous food, which is voted as one of the most attractive street food in the world by National Geographic. This fabulous food comes into Vietnamese culture in 21th century with many unique features. It is said that the indigenous origin of Banh mi is from Baguette bread in France. After French colonized Vietnam in 20th century, Vietnamese people modified its ingredients, which is more suitable with Vietnamese taste.
Banh mi is a perfect combination of deep-fried meat, healthy vegetables, and native herbs. All of those materials is cheap and available in Vietnam. So Banh mi is more and more popular with all walks of life in Vietnamese society, especially with workers and students.
Che is one of quintessential Vietnamese dish with a variety of materials. Taking a stroll around Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you can catch many simple places for enjoying this traditional food. There are many kinds of Che with different tasted and multicolor that you can freely try to experience. Despite big changes of Vietnamese history, Che still plays an indispensable role in Vietnamese culinary and it also a favorite food in hot summertime of the local people.
3. Banh xeo
Banh xeo is honored as one of the tastiest foods in the world by CNN. The dish has an outstanding appearance with the light yellow crust. Insides, it is added with various materials such as meat, shrimp, and Vietnamese vegetables. Banh xeo is accompanied with Vietnamese herbs and a special sauce. In each Vietnamese region, there are certain differences about its taste.
Xoi has become one of the famous icons of Vietnamese culinary for many centuries. Sticky rice is its main material blending with meat and many other Vietnamese traditional ingredients. Sticky rice is soaked into water about 6-8 hours before steaming into a special pot. The local people can mix some natural ingredients into sticky rice, which creates unique taste and color for the dish. You can advance your favorite meat and spices into your dish.
5. Chuoi nep nuong
It used to be the most favorite street food at World Street Food Congress organized in Singapore. In recent years, the dish has become a comfort food in Vietnam because of its delicious taste. Ripe bananas are covered with a thin crust of sticky rice. Before grilling on the coal stove, it is added with coconut milk and sesame seeds, which make an irresistible aroma for this street food.
6. Cao Lau
If you have an opportunity for a visit in Hoi An Ancient Town in the central land of Vietnam, Cao Lau is certainly a must-taste dish. Cao Lau is a kind of Vietnamese noodle requiring skillfulness and talent. Many people tried to cook Cao Lau, but it seems that almost of them failed due to its complex cooking formula.
Dating to the glorious history of Hoi An Ancient Town in 18th century, we can discover interesting things about the dish. Because of location, Hoi An’s restaurants often next to Thu Bon River where trading ships often choose to moor. It is said that merchants had to eat this food on the high floor of building to observe their goods and ensure it not to be stolen. Until that time, this Vietnamese noodle is called Cao Lau, which can translate into “high floor”.