Tastiest Vietnamese Street Food You Must Try

Street vendor on street in Vietnam
Vietnam. Photo by Thuyen Ngo on Unsplash

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its balance of five flavor elements: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. Street food embodies this philosophy perfectly, often enhanced with fresh herbs and spices that explode in your mouth. If you’re headed to Vietnam, these are a few dishes you won’t want to miss.

Pho

Perhaps the most famous Vietnamese dish, pho is a comforting noodle soup usually made with beef or chicken, simmered with various spices, and served with herbs. A bowl of pho is a common breakfast in Vietnam, though you can find it at any time of day.

Banh Mi

This iconic sandwich is a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine. Each Banh Mi vendor has a crispy baguette filled with a variety of ingredients such as meats, vegetables, and condiments like pâté and mayonnaise, and each Banh Mi vendor has its own secret recipe that makes it unique.

Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon is packed with greens, coriander, minced pork, shrimp, and rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper. They are served with a hoisin-based dipping sauce, making them a refreshing option in Vietnam’s tropical climate.

Banh Xeo 

This dish is a savory crepe that’s thin, crispy, and stuffed with ingredients like pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. It’s typically served with a side of fresh herbs and a tangy dipping sauce.