After the Nam' war of '68, the Vietnamese did a lot of soul searching and decided to start a new prosperous country. The Vietnamese cuisine is a reflection of this vibrant and growing economy. It mixes the culinary exploits of the old and sprinkles some modernity into it to bring out a taste you can only have in Vietnam.

Top 5 Vietnamese dishes you should sample
Top 5 Vietnamese dishes you should sample

After the Nam' war of '68, the Vietnamese did a lot of soul searching and decided to start a new prosperous country. The Vietnamese cuisine is a reflection of this vibrant and growing economy. It mixes the culinary exploits of the old and sprinkles some modernity into it to bring out a taste you can only have in Vietnam.

Today, Vietnam is one of the top gastronomy tourist destinations. Trust me; your trip to the country will not be in vain. Below are the top dishes that will make your dining experience worth making the trip.

1. Pho

You will hardly walk through a block in any city in Vietnam without finding a food stand serving the local staple - pho. This dish consists of salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef. If you can find a healthier, simpler, better balanced and affordable dish than Pho anywhere in the world, I would love to know it.

2. Cha Ca

This is a Hanoian delicacy that is so popular that there is a named after it. It is made of fried morsels of fish that are seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill on a pan. It is simple to prepare the delicacy, yet it is one of the sweetest things you will ever taste...and it is affordable.

3. Banh xeo

This is one of the favorite dishes for the residents of Ho Chi Minh City. It comprises of crepe bulging with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Like many authentic Vietnamese food, it will be sprinkled with a garnish of local herbs to bring out its flavor.

4. Cao Lau

This delicacy has its roots in Hoi An. It is made of pork and noodles. There are some variations of the dish that feature Japanese noodles and Chinese touch on the pork; but the broth and herbs are clearly Vietnamese.

5. Rau Muong

Despite the 'River Weed' tag that this dish has acquired, you will find huge populations of Vietnamese lining up at the restaurants that serve it. It consists of morning glory which is stirred fried and seasoned with garlic. The delicacy is mostly served in beer dens and Vietnamese restaurants.

The most common denominator of all the above dishes is their affordability. With less than $5, you can have 90% of Vietnamese delicacies. Vietnam is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in the world. You have no reason not to visit the country.

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