Flag of Vietnam

Vietnam forum

Food in Vietnam

  • NYTim

    Joined Travelfish
    11th September, 2009
    Posts: 106
    Total reviews: 2

    Can any of you travelers tell me the best food in HCMC, Da Lat and Hanoi. I want Vietnamese food, not some Westerners idea of what local food tastes like. High or low priced it does not matter. It has to be good.

    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 5/7/2010 - 23:53

  • Advertisement

  • swag

    Click here to learn more about swag
    Joined Travelfish
    28th March, 2007
    Location Australia
    Posts: 329
    Total reviews: 6

    Hi in Hanoi I had some great Pho Ga(chicken) for breakfast and the bun cha(bbq pork) is to die for at lunch.

    #2 Posted: 6/7/2010 - 06:08

  • murphy_213

    Joined Travelfish
    6th July, 2010
    Posts: 3

    When I was there last we walked around looking for restaurants that had only/mostly locals in.

    If you don't mind the spice this is the way to go! It works out to be cheaper in most cases too for food that is so much better than the western 'local food'.

    #3 Posted: 6/7/2010 - 08:19

  • Vietnam720

    Joined Travelfish
    26th August, 2009
    Location Singapore
    Posts: 46

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    In HCMC, you HAVE to try the 'Pho Bo Kho' which is a Vietnamese beef stew.

    #4 Posted: 6/7/2010 - 09:10

  • travellings-
    arah

    TF writer
    Joined Travelfish
    23rd March, 2010
    Location Vietnam
    Posts: 662
    Total reviews: 11
    Places visited:
    At least 87

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    It's pretty easy to avoid Western-style local food in Hanoi - and I assume in Dalat and HCM - even in the middle of the touristy old-quarter you'll find pho and bittet shops tucked away down back alleyways and you can be assured that these aren't set up for tourists. As previous posters have said - in Hanoi you must try Bun Cha, and also there's a great little place along Hang Dieu called Bun Bo Nam Bo which does a beef noodle dish for 35,000. Or try the Bia Hoi places on the junction of Bat Dan and Duong Thang. Regarding more expensive places - I should think most of them will be to some extent tailored to foreigners / tourists (as local food is cheap food) but Highway 4 is worth a go.

    #5 Posted: 7/7/2010 - 09:49

  • daawgon

    Joined Travelfish
    17th April, 2007
    Posts: 914
    Total reviews: 2

    You can see food pics at noodlepie.com and stickyrice.com

    Love that Bun Bo Nam Bo!

    #6 Posted: 8/7/2010 - 03:13

  • HanoiDownUn-
    der

    Joined Travelfish
    5th July, 2010
    Location Vietnam
    Posts: 4

    Yes Bun Bo Nam Bo is the king of local foods in my opinion, even though it's actually a Saigon dish. Hang Dieu St is the best place for it, about number 65 I think. In this area is the best Pho Bo in town as well. If you will be into your authentic local food I would recommend staying on this street or in the close area, you can get just about everything around there.

    #7 Posted: 10/7/2010 - 21:53

  • KazAussie

    Joined Travelfish
    18th July, 2009
    Posts: 221

    The food is fantastic everywhere in Vietnam....

    The street stalls are fantastic for breakfast and snacks and for dinner just look for the places full of happy locals, most of the restaurants are out on the street so you can see the good ones.

    At the truly local eateries you won't get a menu (or at least one you can read). I just sat down for a while, looked at what dishes came out and then ordered by pointing, lots of fun. You never knew quite what you were getting.

    Equally there are lots of restaurants that have their menues translated into English... and sometimes the English leaves a bit to be desired. At one restaurant in Hoi An, the four of us each ordered a dish for which the translation was a bit screwy... The "prawn wrapped sugar can outside" was to die for :-)

    #8 Posted: 12/7/2010 - 15:53

  • KazAussie

    Joined Travelfish
    18th July, 2009
    Posts: 221

    Sorry, I forgot to mention in my earlier post that each region has its speciality dish... find out what that is (simply ask in a restaurant) and go for it! Some that spring to mind are the Fried Elephant Ear fish in Vinh Long and Pho Bo in Hanoi, but they are everywhere and I was never disappointed.

    In a month in Vietnam, I only had one meal that wasn't superb. That was in Khe San - it was a seafood hot pot, the flavour was great, but there were lots of little bones and unidentifiable bits in it that put me off.... I think it cost less than 60 cents Australian, so the experiment was worth it.

    #9 Posted: 12/7/2010 - 15:57

  • daawgon

    Joined Travelfish
    17th April, 2007
    Posts: 914
    Total reviews: 2

    The food in Dalat is a little different because of the strong French influence (Dalat was a French resort many years ago). Visit the central market for wonderful dried fruits of all sorts and fruit concentrates. I just pour the passion fruit concentrate over crushed ice for a fantastically refreshing cooler. Every night in Dalat I ate at the wonderful Long Hoa Restaurant (French/Vietnamese) close to the central market area - the BBQ Shrimp and BBQ Pork were out of this world! Dalat has wonderful self-serve bakeries located just across the street from Long Hoa.

    #10 Posted: 14/7/2010 - 01:33

  • Advertisement

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.