One of the things that make tourists impressive the most about a destination is its typical culinary features. The Indochina region – made up of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos – represents a melting-pot of culinary influences, flavors, and traditions. Travelers to the region will never lack the option of delicious food. Here is our recommendation for you to taste the outstanding cuisine in an Indochina trip.
Vietnamese foods of Indochina Trip
1. Bun Cha – Ha Noi
This is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle, which have originated from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. This dish includes a plate of white rice noodle, grilled pork, herbs, and a side dish of dipping sauce. Each piece of meat is carefully marinated and grilled all the way, plus the sweet and sour taste of sweet fish makes the dinners remember it forever. Bun cha remains very popular in Hanoi. In addition, in some parts of Vietnam, a dish similar to Bun Cha called “bún thịt nướng” is also popular.
2. Seafood – Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay not only has many beautiful landscapes but also the food here is also very delicious and famous with fresh seafood from the sea as crabs, prawns, and snails. You will have a chance to enjoy seafood in a restaurant, on a luxury overnight cruises or even at some vendors on the street. If you want to cook yourself, you can go to the market such as Cai Dam market – 3 km from Bai Chay center, Ben Doan – 1 km from Bai Chay center or even from villagers fishing. Here, you can buy fresh seafood at reasonable prices. You can also bring back to your hotel and ask the chefs to cook for you. The last step is enjoying your seafood without the worry of gaining weight. Besides, the seafood noodle is a must-try dish for you.
=> For foreigner to enjoy the most of Halong bay, we suggest overnight cruises.
3. Beef noodle soup – Hue
Hue is a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. Beef noodle soup is a famous dish originated in this city. It is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli and beef. The dish is has the balance of sour, spicy, salty, Unami flavors and the fragrant of lemongrass. All make an unforgettable taste. The broth is prepared by simmering beef bones and beef shank with lemongrass and then seasoned with fermented shrimp sauce and sugar for taste. Finally, they will add Spicy chili oil in the last of cooking process.
=> Here are some of our suggestions about “Things to do in Hue”, which may help you build your Hue-visting plan.
4. The bread Hoi An
Not only attracted by the moss of the old town, Hoi An also reminds us of good food with its own substance. The cuisine of this place has a fascinating difference, even with foreign guests. The bread is hot and crunchy, full of ingredients: spring rolls, ham, cheese, chicken, pork, pate, cheese rolls, bacon … accompanied by sauces, raw vegetables, and chili sauce. The traditional healing formula will make you unforgettable. You can find a bakery in many places in the city, but the most famous one is the ‘’Phượng’’ Bakery – where you should try bread at least once in your life.
5. Sliced pork rolled with rice paper – Da Nang
Sliced pork rolled with rice paper ( Or “bánh tráng cuốn thịt heo” in Vietnamese) is one of the best Da Nang specialties. It is a combination of fresh ingredients such as belly pork, fresh vegetables, slices of cucumber and green bananas. The diners will wrap all ingredients in a soft rice paper and dip it in the sauce before eating. This dish is famous because of carefully selected ingredients, which makes perfect taste. This dish should be eaten with ‘’mắm nêm’’ – the irreplaceable sauce. This is what everyone must remember when enjoying sliced pork rolled with rice paper. Make sure you will not forget the toughness of rice paper combined with the softness of wet noodles, the sweetness of meat, the freshness of vegetables and the spicy passion of the seasoning sauce.