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This Hanoian dish of smoky, grilled pork patties, fresh rice noodles and fragrant herbs is a go-to lunch for locals in the capital. Famously enjoyed by Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi, this humble yet addictive dish is simple enough to recreate at home.
Centuries ago, Hoi An was an important trading port where merchants from all over the region would meet to sell their goods. That’s why you’ll find echoes of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese flavours combined in this delicious noodle dish.
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Cao lầu from Vietnam Tourism Board on Vimeo.
There’s nothing more Vietnamese than stopping your motorbike for a few moments to grab a freshly made bánh mì from a sidewalk vendor. Each region in Vietnam has its own take on bánh mì. This tasty, roasted pork version from Ho Chi Minh City is packed with flavour.
Hue’s culinary traditions are regarded as among the best in Vietnam. Every morning, locals gather at sidewalk eateries all over the former imperial city to fill up on this hearty noodle soup, served steaming hot with fresh greens, bright chillies and a squeeze of lime.
Savouring a cup of freshly brewed robusta on the sidewalk is a classic Vietnam moment every traveller should have. While you can’t recreate Vietnam’s captivating street scenes at home, this heady cup of coffee should help you relive some sweet memories.
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