Food is an integral part of a nation’s culture. In Vietnam, the diversity of the cuisine offered is a reflection of its history. Occupied by the Chinese for more than 1000 years, then by the French, as well as these two conquering nations, we can also find the influence of Japanese and Indian food.
The wide variety of options available range from the cheap traditional restaurants, managed by families, for generations, to the 5-star cuisine of a luxury cruise in Halong Bay.
Here are 5 very special foods you can try in Vietnam, whether in the streets of Hanoi or on a Halong Bay boat.
You can’t miss it, it’s everywhere. Vietnamese like to eat it in the morning: a rice-noodle soup with herbs and chicken or beef. Add some lime juice and chili for an authentic taste.
The consumption of snakes isn’t wide spread and remains mostly a tourist attraction. Don’t worry, you won’t find any on your plate during a Halong Bay tour.
Dog meat, however, is a more common dish, while still seen as something of a delicacy and there are a number of specialist dog meat restaurants, which often display the entire cooked dog in front of their stores.
Dessert: Banh Chung
A very special rice cake, only available during Tet holiday (Chinese New Year eve).
All included: Gourmet cuisine
One of thebest experiences you can have will be onboard a Halong Bay cruise, which are widely known as the best cruises in Vietnam. Many Halong tours offer several day packages with all meals included. Savoring a mix of Vietnamese and Oriental specialties on a Halong Bay boat is a once in a life time experience.