When you start researching about Vietnam, you inevitably come across images of local delicacies. Vietnam is known for its cuisine, especially for its street food. Hot noodle soups with fresh herbs, fried bananas, grilled mussels, roasted corn and much more are offered at the edge of the street.

No matter where, as soon as you leave the hotel you will find small food stalls. A vacation in Vietnam without weight gain doesn’t seem to be possible, but the extra pounds on the ribs are worth it! You can’t avoid it, the present temptation is too big and you won’t be able to resist.

Here a list of Vietnam’s best food from North, Central and South Vietnam, which you shouldn’t miss under any circumstances!

A delicious bowl of Pho

Pho soup is an absolute must in North Vietnam. Nowhere does Pho taste as good as in Hanoi. The fresh herbs and the juicy filet thin slices make the dish a real feast for the palate. The best pho soup is at 49 Bat Dan Street in the Old Quarter.

Anyone who likes to eat fish should try Cha Ca La Vong. An entire street in Hanoi is named after this fish dish and of course the best restaurants can be found there. Address: 14 phố Chả Cá

Finally, we recommend Bun Cha, rice noodles with grilled meat and usually served with nems. The best address: số 1 Hàng Mành, quận Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

And because the dessert shouldn’t be missed, you should either try the sweet fried balls filled with green bean paste (Bánh rán – đường 52 hàng chiếu) or the famous vietnamese egg coffee (Cafe Giang – 39 Nguyen Huu Huan).

It’s not a crime to gain weight on vacation, so keep enjoying the delicacies of Vietnam!

Bánh xèo 

As soon as you reach Central Vietnam, you will hopefully have made some room for more culinary delights, because without trying the Vietnamese salty pancakes (Bánh xèo) or the Udon noodles from Hoi An (Cao Lầu & Mì Quảng), you can neither continue your journey nor go home!

Here the best addresses: Bánh xèo: K280/23 Hoàng Diệu, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng – Cao Lầu: 49/3 Trần Hưng Đạo, Hội An – Mì Quảng: 14 Dương Văn An, T.P Huế

Banh Mi

Now that your belly is twice its size, you can continue to feast in South Vietnam without worries. You should start the day with a nice Banh mi and an iced coffee.

In the very hot and humid Saigon we recommend a Bun thịt nướnga, a cool “rice noodle salad” with grilled meat and nems. Address: 175 Cô Giang, Quận 1, TP. HCM.

Finally, in the Mekong Delta you should try the elephant ear-fish, a fried fish served with lettuce, herbs and other ingredients that rolled up in rice paper. Address: ấp Tân Thiện, xã Tân Phong, huyện Cai Lậy, tỉnh Tiền Giang.

For the fearless among you, here are a few more exotic dishes:

– Trứng vịt lộn (Balut)

– Phá Lấu (offal in hot soup)

– Cháo Long (rice soup with pork stomach, tongue and ears)