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What McDonald's in Ho Chi Minh City Means for the Future of Vietnamese Food

Fast Food Ed Levine 17 comments

Last weekend, the Vietnam's first-ever McDonald's opened in Saigon. We talked to Hanoi-based blogger and street food expert Mark Lowerson to find out what Mickey D's move means for the future of Vietnamese food culture. More

Snapshots from Vietnam: 14 Great Central Vietnamese Dishes

Jamie Feldmar 3 comments

From a highly mythologized noodle soup to what might be the best banh mi in all of Vietnam (I said it), Central Vietnam has a cuisine all its own. Here's a look at 14 great dishes from the region. More

Snapshots from Vietnam: A Guide To Hanoi's Best Street Food

Jamie Feldmar 16 comments

An edible tour of Hanoi's unique streetside offerings, from frozen yogurt to chicken in a can. More

Snapshots from Vietnam: Egg Coffee in Hanoi

Drinks Erin Zimmer 9 comments

My put-an-egg-on-it philosophy applies to most dishes. Got leftovers? Reheat; put an egg on it. Got a salad or sandwich or pretty much anything else? Put an egg on it, please! But coffee? Put...an egg on it? Egg coffee, or cà phê trứng in Vietnam, is a special drink you'll find at select coffeehouses in Hanoi. If you like tiramisu, you'll probably like egg coffee immensely. More

Snapshots from Vietnam: Wet Market Tour in Hanoi

Erin Zimmer 6 comments

Need some still-alive crabs? Fresh coconut? Silk worms to sauté later with lime leaf? You can find all that (and a bag of baby shrimp) at Cho Chau Long, a wet market in Hanoi. More

20 Vietnamese Dishes You Should Know

Erin Zimmer 32 comments

What's the first Vietnamese food that pops to mind for you? Phở? Bánh mì? Spring rolls? All of these are quintessential dishes to be sure—and you've already knocked off three of the 20 in this list—but we've only just begun. More

A Basic Introduction to Vietnamese Food

Erin Zimmer 29 comments

What makes Vietnamese food special? After an eating tour with Intrepid Travel, it's the fresh herbs and stinky fish sauce that I cannot un-smell. These fragrant elements play an important role in just about every dish in the Vietnamese cuisine canon. More

Snapshots from Vietnam: The Best Things I Ate

Liz Bomze 23 comments

Vietnam was the second leg of our trip (see the first leg featuring Hong Kong, Chengdu, and Shanghai here). The food, the hospitality, the landscape, and the sheer energy of the two cities we visited—Hanoi (the north) and Nha Trang (southeast coast)—blew me away. From red dragon to banh cuon with pork-cinnamon sausage, check out the best things I ate. More

Video: Vietnam and Its Food in 3 Minutes

Daniel Klein 3 comments

Do not watch this if you're hungry and without easy access to Vietnamese food. Last month the Perennial Plate traveled to Vietnam for two weeks on an Intrepid Travel trip. Our assignment was to document this food-focused journey across the country. Travel with us in this video! More

How Does Your Dragon Fruit Grow?

J. Kenji López-Alt 24 comments

The dragon fruit is somewhere between a kiwifruit and a watermelon in texture, but with a much more subtle flavor than either. Faintly sweet with a floral aroma, they're very refreshing and one of the best ways to finish a meal or cleanse your palate between bites of rich foods. (Dragonfruit and pork belly = a great combo.) Take a look at how they grow on a farm in Vietnam. More

Coffee Traditions: Vietnamese Coffee

Drinks Meister 12 comments

Baguettes and pâté for bánh mì aren't the only thing French colonists left behind in Vietnam: The Europeans are to thank for that delicious glass of the famously sweet, dark coffee. More

Vietnamese Street Food: Bánh Cuốn

J. Kenji López-Alt 21 comments

Finding good food in Hanoi is a reasonably simple experience: just stop at any one of the hundreds of portable burners that dot the house-fronts and street-sides, pull up a battered plastic seat, and point at what you want. Your choice is pretty easy: most places serve only a single specialty. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 8 comments

A 51¢ (10,000 VND) breakfast banh mi consists of grilled pork, fried egg, sautéed onions, cucumbers, pickled carrots & radish, and cilantro. A spread of pate with a squirt of sweet chili sauce and soy sauce season everything inside. Pork is grilled next to the cart and eggs are fried to order. The fresh ingredients are all assembled in a light crusty Vietnamese baguette right in front of your eyes. More

Phở Đuôi Bò (Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Oxtail)

Serious Eats Tam Ngo 17 comments

Phở đuôi bò. [Photographs: Tam Ngo] Since we'll be stuck in dark drizzle for months to come, let's talk about phở, a perfect food for chasing away the doldrums of winter. Phở bò is a Vietnamese beef noodle soup;... More

One of the Best Burgers I've Had in Asia at Hanoi's My Burger Mỹ

A Hamburger Today Daniel O'Sullivan 5 comments

Editor's note: A few months ago, Daniel O'Sullivan contributed a review on Kraze Burger in South Korea while teaching English there. Now he's traveling around Asia for the next two months and documenting the goodies on his blog Street Foodie.... More

Blogwatch: Homemade Vietnamese Yogurt

Michele Humes 1 comment

As Pinkberry, Red Mango and a thousand imitators battle it out for yogurt supremacy, the Vietnamese have been quietly making their own addictively sharp (but non-frozen) yogurt snack, da ua, or sua chua, for decades. Diane from White on Rice Couple shows us how it's done. The secret ingredient? Sweetened condensed milk. The star player in dulce de leche mellows the tang and gives the yogurt a silky, gently set consistency. Sprinkled with in-season pomegranate seeds, as Diane serves hers, it makes an unusual alternative to the pomegranate yogurts now making the soft-serve rounds.... More

Is Street Food in Vietnam Endangered?

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

Photograph from noodlepie on Flickr As part of a continuing campaign to make Hanoi "green, clean, and beautiful," the local Vietnamese government implemented a partial ban on street vending, effective July 1. But what is downtown Hanoi without the street food? According to blogger Graham Holliday of noodlepie, "you take the food off the street and you just have street." A potentially more sanitary, but way less delicious, very sad street. Next to frenetic motorbike taxis, hawking pho and fruits gives Hanoi its heartbeat. Vending is also an important part of many Vietnamese livelihoods, but as Hanoi becomes increasingly built-up and developed, supermarkets will displace the traditional markets and street vendors as the city hopes to embrace a spic and... More

Snapshots from Vietnam: Saigon Crab Shack

Cathy Chaplin Post a comment

Living in Saigon, I’m constantly adding new Vietnamese words to my vocabulary. It’s fascinating how some terms stick straightaway, while others, regardless of how many times I run into them, refuse to integrate into my lexicon. For instance, I can’t seem to remember the words for menu, even though I ask to see one practically every day. However, just one tasty encounter with soft-shell crabs was all it took for the words cua lot to be forever seared into my mind. I guess the part of my brain that processes new information is directly connected to my taste buds. I visited Quán 94, a restaurant specializing in crabs, a few weeks back with a travel journalist named Peter. I... More

Snapshots from Vietnam: Cháo Lòng, Awfully Good Offal

Cathy Chaplin 2 comments

One of the aspects that I appreciate most about Vietnamese cuisine is that nothing goes to waste. From bones to meat to blood and guts, each and every part of an animal is put to good culinary use. Cháo lòng turns piggy odds and ends that most butchers would toss out with the garbage into hearty and soothing rice porridge. Cháo Lòng is one of the rare offerings in Saigon that is served from morning until evening. The dish is hot, satisfying and easy on the pocket at only 6,000 VND a bowl. Street vendors dishing up cháo lòng can be easily spotted with their giant metal vats and glass display cases filled with piles of offal and stacks... More

Eating Mice Can Be Rather Nice

Cathy Chaplin 9 comments

There are some very interesting meats available for consumption in Southeast Asia. I’ve seen bugs, ostriches, dogs, snakes, bats, and even cats for sale. While I draw the line at domesticated animals and insects, I’ll pretty much eat everything else, just as long as it was prepared with love, looks appetizing, and smells good. With the year of the rat in full swing, a group of friends and I recently ventured outside our comfort zones to try a Mekong Delta specialty—mouse. The breed of mice served in local restaurants are not native to the city and are in fact from the countryside. These mice resided in rice fields and feasted on whole grains prior to meeting their makers. If... More

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