Unlike Thailand and China, Vietnam isn’t really known for its cuisine. However, its food is like a mixture of Thai and Chinese cuisine, but it is lighter than Chinese cuisine and fresher ingredients are generally used, and it isn’t as hot as Thai cuisine. The French left a lasting influence in coffee as a national beverage, French pastries, and French restaurants. So the food is generally nutritious, kind of light, and not very spicy.
Food and Snacks
There are regional cuisines, but a food eaten nationally is a noodle soup called “pho.” Pho bo is made with beef, and pho ga is made with chicken. So these are words to keep in mind. Pho can be bought in expensive restaurants and stalls on the street. Either the expensive or the cheap kind may taste good. But if you are eating at a street stall, check on the cleanliness and make sure the food comes hot to avoid germs. There are usually herbs available such as basil and red chili to add in with your soup.
You’ll find a lot of coffee shops and shops selling French-style baguette sandwiches and French pastries. Most pastry shops serve a variety of sweets.
If you are a coffee drinker, Vietnamese coffee is sold everywhere. Vietnam is one Asian country where coffee drinking is a national habit. However, the coffee is made unusually strong with a lot of sugar. They may also add sweetened condensed milk. However, the coffee is cheap. It costs about 3,000 to 8,000 dong or about 15 US cents to about 50 US cents.