Amazing Street Food Dishes To Try In Vietnam

Bui Vien Street-in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you’re a foodie, then Vietnam is the best place to be! Food plays an important role in Vietnam’s culture, and in fact, food is part of each and every aspect of a Vietnamese’ social and family life.

More than half of the country’s population earns a living through agriculture and food trade industry. This is clearly evident in most of the cities in Vietnam where almost every street corner is lined with food stalls selling delicious treats. If you’re planning to travel to Vietnam soon and you want to experience an exciting culinary adventure, here are some of the most amazing street foods that you should not miss.

Vietnam eVisa

Getting visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam
Getting visa on arrival at the airport of Vietnam

Before you go for an exciting culinary adventure in Vietnam, you must first sort out your Vietnam visa. Figuring out the process of applying for a Vietnam visa might be a bit confusing especially since the rules are changing from time to time. Thankfully, it’s now possible to apply for your Vietnam visa online, through the website of The website also contains all the important information you need about applying for a visa to Vietnam.

Depending on your travel plans, you can choose to apply for a single or multiple-entry visa. The process of applying is super easy. In fact, it will only take a few minutes of your time. Simply click on this link to apply for your visa. Fill out the information needed, make a payment, and wait for an email.

Amazing Street Foods in Vietnam

Most of the street foods in Vietnam are so delicious, but here are some of the best of them all:

  • Banh Mi – this is basically a baguette sandwich and one of Vietnam’s most popular street snacks. You can choose from a wide variety of filling choices, such as pork and egg. It’s then topped with fresh vegetables and a heaping of chili sauce.
Banh Mi - Famous Vietnamese food but cheap
Banh Mi – Famous Vietnamese food but cheap
  • Pho – this noodle soup is Vietnam’s most popular dish. In fact, it’s the country’s national dish, so you’ll see it being sold in almost every street corner of Vietnam. You can choose from chicken or beef broth flavor, which is further enhanced with coriander, ginger, spring onions, and some bits of beef or pork on top. This dish is perfect at any time of the day, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Pho - Vietnamese noodle soup
Pho – Vietnamese noodle soup
  • Cao Lau – this delicious street food dish is a specialty of Hoi An. It’s a bowl of noodles topped with pork slices, pork rind croutons, and bean sprouts. There’s also an option for vegetables or tofu if you don’t eat meat.
Cao Lau
Cao Lau
  • Nom Hoa Chuoi – this snack literally means banana-flower salad, and it’s a great choice for non-meat eaters. Lime and chili are the two main ingredients of this salad, which adds a refreshing kick to the shredded banana flower.
Nom Hoa Chuoi
Nom Hoa Chuoi
  • Bun Cha – this dish consists of barbecued pork and rice noodles, flavored with some herbs and spices and served with a flavorful dipping sauce.
"Bun cha" - the famous vietnamese noodle soup with bbq meat, spring roll, vermicelli and fresh vegetable
“Bun cha” – the famous vietnamese noodle soup with bbq meat, spring roll, vermicelli and fresh vegetable
  • Banh Xeo – this is a crispy crepe filled with shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts. It’s then garnished with some fresh herbs that have made the crepe even more flavorful.
Banh Xeo - “sizzling cake”
Banh Xeo – “sizzling cake”
  • Goi Cuon – these Vietnamese spring rolls are translucent and packed with tasty greens, including coriander, along with meat or seafood slices. You can also opt for the fried version, which is rolled in a crispy shell instead of the translucent sheet.
Goi Cuon
Goi Cuon
  • Bot Chien – this is a favorite street snack in Ho Chi Minh. It’s basically a crispy-fried dough with egg. It’s served with slices of shallots, papaya, and green onions. To make it more flavorful, rice vinegar and pickled chili sauce is added.
Bot Chien
Bot Chien
  • Ca Phe Trung – you can never leave Vietnam without tasting its popular egg coffee. This one-of-a-kind coffee tastes just like the tiramisu where a creamy and meringue-like egg is perched on top of a coffee. Ca phe trung is perfect for dessert.
Vietnamese coffee with egg
Vietnamese coffee with egg

Best Places to Eat Street Food in Vietnam

Almost every street of Vietnam’s major cities, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi is lined with street food stalls, so it’s not hard to find a place where you can have your culinary adventure. If eating at a street food alley is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of local restaurants serving some of the dishes mentioned above. But if you really want to soak up the real Vietnamese culture, eating at a street food stall is an experience you should not miss!