Mango King: Vietnamese street food

In Vietnam, street food is part of the daily lives of people. When you visit the country, you’ll find the streets flanked with vendors offering different kinds of authentic dishes and delicacies you won’t find anywhere else.

Aside from the authentic taste of Vietnamese street food, it has a special place in people’s hearts because it served as a means of survival during the war. When people cannot afford to buy food, they fill their empty stomachs with dishes sold by vendors on the streets.

Over the years, street food has innovated and can now be purchased in restaurants or food stalls inside establishments. If you’re interested to know more about Vietnamese street food, read this article.

Rice noodle soup 

When it comes to popularity, the rice noodle soup is probably the most sought after street food in Vietnam. Made of chewy noodles, tender slices of beef and chicken topped with herb garnishes, this dish is a delicious pick-me-up food enjoyed by many.

When you travel around Vietnam, you will see a lot of vendors selling rice noodle soup. If you’re going to visit, this dish is something you shouldn’t miss out on. 

Vietnamese sandwich (Banh mi)

Also known as Banh mi, this dish is another popular street food in Vietnam. Made from baguette stuffed with meats such as beef or chicken this dish will give your mouth-watering medley of flavours from spices used to marinate the stuffings. Usually, you’ll find other variants with stuffings such as eggs, vegetables, and meatballs. 

Rice paper salad (banh trang tron) 

If you’re a health nut and you like salads, this dish is one of the most accessible healthy dishes that you can find in the local street vendors in Vietnam. Made of beef jerky, squid shrimp, tart mango, sweet basil wrapped in rice paper, this dish gives a combination of spicy, sweet, and sour flavours that will be a sure treat to your taste buds.

Sea snails 

Also known as OC, sea snails are delicacies sold in the streets of Vietnam by local vendors, Usually, you can find these in Ho Chi Minh city, where there’s a market selling fresh snails, and shellfish. What’s more exciting is that you can ask the vendors to cook it depending on your preference. You can have it steamed, sauteed or grilled. 

Che 

If you’re craving something sweet, che is a dish that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Made of coconut milk, sweetened beans, glutinous rice, and fruits, this dish is one of the most common street foods that you will spot in the streets of Vietnam. Drop by local markets or malls because they usually have che displayed upfront. Additionally, you can find choose the sauce you want for your che because they usually offer it in a lot of flavours and variants.

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