Xoi – a quick fix for empty stomach

Xoi – a quick fix for empty stomach

If rice is Vietnam’s staple crop, xoi (steamed sticky rice) is the nation’s choice dish, as much as the famous pho (rice noodle soup), if not more so.

When it gets cold in Hanoi, banh gio cravings arise

When it gets cold in Hanoi, banh gio cravings arise

Among the myriad Vietnamese dishes made with rice, be it main courses, side-dishes or snacks that are meals in themselves, the softest gluey texture belongs to the banh gio (rice dough dumpling with minced pork and wood ear mushrooms inside).

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Five savory signature local dishes in Bac Giang province

Five savory signature local dishes in Bac Giang province

Bac Giang has impressed tourists with some mouth-watering local dishes like goi ca (raw fish dish), nom ca (fish salad), luon om (simmered eel) and other specialties made of frogs.

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‘Thac lac’ fish, a specialty and pride of Hau Giang

‘Thac lac’ fish, a specialty and pride of Hau Giang

Nature has particularly bounteous in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, providing water loaded with minerals that is home to the most delicious thac lac fish (clown knife fish) compared with other regions in the country. The flesh is fragrant, firm and crisp-skinned.

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More than a bowl of noodles, “pho” is history

More than a bowl of noodles, “pho” is history

There are many theories regarding its origin. Some say it started as a variation on pot-au-feu, a French beef stew dish. Others believe it’s the heir to a Chinese beef noodle soup or to a traditional Vietnamese dish of noodles with buffalo meat. What is certain is that “pho”, a simple yet deceptively complex dish of noodles served with beef or chicken in a hot bowl of broth, has become Vietnam’s pride on the world map of cuisine.

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Vietnamese Gio: meat pounded to perfection

Vietnamese Gio: meat pounded to perfection

If rice is a staple of Vietnamese daily meals, then Gio (Vietnamese sausage) is considered the staple of special occasions, such as Tet (the Lunar New Year), wedding parties and ancestors’ death anniversary.

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Cellophane noodles are great for New Year

Cellophane noodles are great for New Year

A group of gourmets from Hanoi have visited the northern province of Cao Bang to seek the best mien dong (canna vermicelli) to make cellophane noodles. The rhizomes of the plant are full of starch.

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Quang noodle, so good speciality!

Knowing Vietnamese noodles can be extremely helpful, as “pho” is to Hanoi and beef rice noodles is to Hue, Quang noodles is very popular in Quang Nam and Da Nang.

Banh Tet: Traditional cake in southern Vietnam

Banh Tet (round glutinous rice cake) is a traditional cake enjoyed by southern Vietnamese people on the occasion of the lunar New Year. It is considered a variant of Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake), which is more popular in the northern region.

"Banh Chung" - the soul of Vietnamese New Year

"Banh Chung" (square glutinous rice cake) is a traditional cake of Vietnamese people in Tet holidays.

Hue's Delicacies

Besides the deluxe and very special foods that were consumed only by royalty, the ancient capital of Hue is renowned for foods of which even lowly mandarins - and now tourists - can partake.

How Vietnam attracts as the "kitchen" of the world

In Vietnam, every locality has its own specialties. The country strives to introduce its diversified and special cuisine to the world to attract travelers. At table with the VietNamNet Bridge.