In many Southeast Asian countries, food is considered to be the heart and soul of the people. In the land of natural beauty and busy cities, Vietnam is no exception. Whether it\u2019s street stalls or 3-star Michelin restaurants, each cook has their own way of capturing the flavour of Vietnamese food.\r\n \r\nSo, in order for you to be a \u2018true\u2019 fan of Vietnamese food, we made a list of must-try dishes. The list gets even better if you\u2019re visiting Vietnam anytime soon. Just remember to add our recommendations to your itinerary!\r\n \r\n\r\n1.\r\nPho (Ph\u1edf)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe classic piping hot bowl of broth with rice noodles is often accompanied with a few slices of chicken or beef. This daily staple is labour intensive and can take hours to create that clear and savory broth. It is usually then topped off with bean sprouts and a variety of herbs.\r\n \r\nHidden away in the alleyway of 524 Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, Pho 524 is a family-run restaurant. It only serves breakfast or until they run out. It proves to be the embodiment of Vietnamese food, where you get to experience and appreciate authentic home-cooking.\r\n \r\nPho 524 is located at 524 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phuong 4, Quan 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n2.\r\nVietnamese Sandwich (B\u00e1nh M\u00ec)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe baguette stuffed with local ingredients is another Vietnamese food known worldwide. Typically, it contains different cuts and types of meat, pickled vegetables, coriander, fresh chilli and homemade p\u00e2t\u00e9 spread onto it.\r\n \r\nThe great popularity of b\u00e1nh m\u00ec has made sourcing for the best one in Vietnam a daunting task. But luckily for us, one stall stood out from the rest. Nicknamed the B\u00e1nh M\u00ec Queen, Madam Khanh started the business in 1975. She stuck to her homemade recipe for the various components of the sandwich.\r\n \r\nYou can find her at 115 Tran Cao Van, Phuong Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n3.\r\nSavory Vietnamese Crepe (B\u00e1nh X\u00e8o)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nEating b\u00e1nh x\u00e8o should be an artform itself. From cutting your folded rice crepe into perfect pieces, and then putting it together with veggies and herbs to eventually. And lastly, rolling your masterpiece tightly inside a rice paper wrap.\r\n \r\nLike most Vietnamese food, b\u00e1nh x\u00e8o has a balance of flavours and textures. Moreover, the sauce plays a big part in cutting through the oily taste with a combination of fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and chilli.\r\n \r\nBanh Xeo 46A or also known as Banh Xeo Dinh Cong Trang is one of the well-known locations to satisfy your Vietnamese crepe cravings. Their b\u00e1nh x\u00e8o and other items were also featured by Singaporean food blogger, DanielFoodDiary.\r\n \r\nYou can find Banh Xeo 46A at 46A Dinh Cong Trang, Tan Dinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n4.\r\nVietnamese Spring Roll (G\u1ecfi Cu\u1ed1n \/ Ch\u1ea3 Gi\u00f2)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThis Vietnamese food has two different variations. The fresh ones wrapped with translucent rice paper are commonly known as G\u1ecfi Cu\u1ed1n, while those deep fried are known as Ch\u1ea3 Gi\u00f2. Either method of cooking, both are usually stuffed with different ingredients such as meat or prawns, vegetables and (of course) herbs!\r\n \r\nA crucial detail to take note of when eating spring rolls is the sauce that accompanies it. The peanut hoisin sauce is a great combination of sweet, salty and incredible umami flavours!\r\n \r\nEating these crisp and addictive appetisers are only half the fun. The process of making spring rolls can be a great bonding moment and a lot of fun to master. But, if the process is too complicated for you, try the spring roll sets at Bun Cha Ta to enjoy their g\u1ecfi cu\u1ed1n or ch\u1ea3 gi\u00f2 at a great price.\r\n \r\nBun Cha Ta is located at 21 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Thanh Po Ha Noi.\r\n \r\n\r\n5.\r\nSpicy Vietnamese Noodle Soup (B\u00fan B\u00f2 Hu\u1ebf)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nB\u00fan b\u00f2 hu\u1ebf is often overlooked when compared to ph\u1edf. Instead of having flat noodles, they use vermicelli-like rice noodles that can\u2019t seem to stay in your spoon! The biggest difference between the two would be the broth. This broth is spicy, robust, and keeps your body warm.\r\n \r\nFollowing the traditional b\u00fan b\u00f2 hu\u1ebf recipe, the bowl is often served with beef shank, pig trotters and the best part - coagulated pig\u2019s blood. There are also a bunch of herbs and bean sprouts to accompany your noodles, so as to not overdo the meaty texture and taste.\r\n \r\nSince this Vietnamese food originated from Hue in Vietnam, it only makes sense that the best b\u00fan b\u00f2 hu\u1ebf can be found there. At Bun Bo Hue Cam, there is no set closing hour for them. If you\u2019re planning on trying their specialty, it\u2019s best if you wake up early and head down before the soup runs out.\r\n \r\nFind Bun Bo hue Cam at 45 Le Loi, Phu Hoi, Thanh Pho Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n6.\r\nGrilled Pork With Vermicelli (B\u00fan Ch\u1ea3)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nFatty grilled pork served with noodles. This simple dish focuses on the separate elements and does them well, but the key to a good b\u00fan ch\u1ea3 is in the broth (or dipping sauce). The balanced sweet and sour combination pairs perfectly with the ground and sliced pork.\r\n \r\nWith such flavours, there are two ways to truly enjoy your bowl of b\u00fan ch\u1ea3: First, wrap your vermicelli noodles, herbs and pork with a huge lettuce leaf, dip it into the sauce and enjoy! The second and much simpler way would be combining all the elements of the dish into the broth, mix it together and simply slurping it up.\r\n \r\nSo, the next time you visit Hanoi, remember to stop by Bun Cha Huong Lien - an eatery where they have preserved the table and memorable image of their encounter.\r\n \r\nBun Cha Huong Lien is at 24 Le Van Huu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n7.\r\nEgg Coffee (C\u00e0 Ph\u00ea Tr\u1ee9ng)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nAmong all the food we have recommended, c\u00e0 ph\u00ea tr\u1ee9ng has snuck its way onto this list. Being the second biggest coffee exporter in the world, Vietnam is no stranger to serving amazing and unique brews, one of it being egg coffee. This drink starts off a little different compared to your usual morning coffee. By whisking up egg yolks and condensed milk, it creates a creamy and fluffy mixture to top off your Vietnamese black coffee.\r\n \r\nWhether it\u2019s sipping c\u00e0 ph\u00ea tr\u1ee9ng on the sidewalk or enjoying it in a kick-back hipster cafe, the experience of having egg yolks in your coffee is mind-blowing. Even though it is a drink known and served throughout Vietnam, it was first created by Nguyen Van Giang.\r\n \r\nHe then opened a cafe and started selling c\u00e0 ph\u00ea tr\u1ee9ng to the public. So, in order to taste the original creation, head down to Cafe Giang where they serve you a secret family recipe that seems to impress everyone.\r\n \r\nHead on to 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n8.\r\nSnails (\u1ed0c)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re the adventurous type when it comes to food, Vietnam proves to be one of the best places to try assorted seawater or freshwater snails and shellfish. This Vietnamese food is not only popular with the locals but tourists as well - it is cheap and deliciously fun to dig into.\r\n \r\nPopular qu\u00e1n \u1ed1c (snail eateries) can be located at Vinh Khanh (V\u0129nh Kh\u00e1nh) street in District 4. Known as the \u201cSeafood Street\u201d, just wander around and pick somewhere to settle down - chances are the stalls sell a similar range of snails to choose from.\r\n \r\n\r\n9.\r\nCrab Claws With Chilli Salt (C\u00e0ng Gh\u1eb9 Rang Mu\u1ed1i)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nAnother popular dish that can be found along Vinh Khanh street in District 4 is c\u00e0ng gh\u1eb9 rang mu\u1ed1i. The crab claws are roasted and perfectly coated with chilli, salt and pepper. Also, the heat may seem like nothing at first - but beware as it slowly builds up in your mouth, leaving you with tears of joy.\r\n \r\n\u1ed0c Oanh is one of the restaurants along District 4 that serves up a mean c\u00e0ng gh\u1eb9 rang mu\u1ed1i. They prepare the claws with a simple process while imparting loads of flavour into it. All that\u2019s left to do is pair the crab claws with a cold beer!\r\n \r\n\r\n10.\r\nVietnamese Pork Sausage (Ch\u1ea3 L\u1ee5a)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nDon\u2019t let the appearance of ch\u1ea3 l\u1ee5a intimidate you - this pork sausage is not only popular in Vietnam, but also in Thailand. While it can be eaten alone, ch\u1ea3 l\u1ee5a is supposed to be a side dish or paired together with noodles.\r\n \r\nWhat makes this so special is the pounding process. Instead of using knives and machines to chop them, lean pork is pounded until a paste like consistency is formed. The process is crucial to giving ch\u1ea3 l\u1ee5a its bouncy texture when you bite into it. Afterwards, potato starch, garlic, n\u01b0\u1edbc m\u1eafm (fish sauce) and other spices are added to flavour it.\r\n \r\nBy the time it is sold to you, they would have already wrapped the paste in banana leaves and boiled them until they are fully cooked! While it\u2019s common to see ch\u1ea3 l\u1ee5a in your dishes, finding stores that sell homemade ones might be challenging. Gi\u00f2 Ch\u1ea3 Minh Ch\u00e2u is one of the places that sells them, so definitely drop by when you can.\r\n \r\nVisit them at 76 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n11.\r\nBroken Rice (C\u01a1m T\u1ea5m)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWhen cooked correctly, broken rice has a different texture and taste in comparison to your normal rice grains. They are softer in texture and easily take on the flavours cooked with it. The people of Vietnam have taken this \u2018reject\u2019 staple and turned it into a popular dish, c\u01a1m t\u1ea5m.\r\n \r\nThe slab of barbequed pork, fried egg and other condiments pair with the broken rice, giving you the perfect hearty meal. While there are shops selling c\u01a1m t\u1ea5m at every part of Saigon, C\u01a1m t\u1ea5m An D\u01b0\u01a1ng V\u01b0\u01a1ng is a stall that has been doing so for 15 years.\r\n \r\nCheck their food out at 500-502 An Duong Vuong, Phuong 4, Quan 5, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.\r\n \r\n\r\n12.\r\nVietnamese Sweet Dessert (Ch\u00e8)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nSince it\u2019s the end of this list, our last must-try Vietnamese food is a dish called ch\u00e8 (which literally means any traditional Vietnamese dessert soups, puddings and sweet beverages).\r\n \r\nThey often contain delightful elements such as fresh fruits, sweetened beans, glutinous rice, tapioca pearls, flavoured jellies and always topped off with coconut milk. While ch\u00e8 can be served hot or cold, many people prefer to enjoy the latter to beat Vietnam\u2019s sorching weather.\r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re new to this sweet treat, it\u2019s best if you visit Che mam Khanh Vy. They offer patrons a \u201csampling tray\u201d of 15 different types of ch\u00e8!\r\n \r\nFind them at 32 Su Van Hanh, Phuong 2, Quan 10, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.\r\n \r\nFinal Thoughts\r\nConsidering the rich food culture Vietnam has, this list has barely scratched the surface. But we hope it helped you along the way! In the end, just remember to keep an open mind and try new dishes along the way.