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Top 5 Destinations For Vietnam Culinary Tours

Vietnamese cuisine has captured the soul and the heart of tourists around the world not only by its unique flavor but also by the traditional recipe.With a ton of mouthwatering street foods, bustling local markets which full of specialties, five star restaurants as long as special cooking courses, Vietnam culinary tours guarantee you awesome experience that you cannot forget. Here are top 5 destinations for Vietnam culinary tours that you cannot miss. Enjoy reading!


As the topic of all time for well-known writers and journalists, Hanoi cuisine is an art from cooking to enjoying stages. Pho, Cha Ca La Vong and Bun Thang is three favorite dishes of both domestic and foreign tourists. Visit Hanoi you will be mesmerized by the heaven of mouthwatering dishes, each food carries its own distinctive taste.


You can find Pho in the menu of any restaurants throughout Vietnam but you only enjoy Pho of full and authentic taste in the elegant capital. Its taste is a harmonious combination of sweet broth, white noodles, fresh beef, cinnamon, anise, cardamom with secret cooking formula only handed down among generations in a family. That is amazing to enjoy a hot bowl of Pho full of special flavor which makes you want to eat up the last noodle.

Bun Thang

Bun Thang is a traditional dish in Tet holiday of the ancient Hanoi people with typical taste that you cannot forget. It also is one of the most complicated dishes in Hanoi with 20 ingredients including soft rice noodles, super thin sliced fried egg, torn chicken, mushroom, etc. Especially, the broth of Bun Thang is cooked from chicken bones and prawns, so sweet and tasty. This delicacy is often served with fermented shrimp sauce and some drops of belostomatid essence.

Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong is a perfect combination of savory broth, fish pies on the golden yellow surface, and spotless white noodles. This delicacy is made from catfishes which are grilled after seasoned with galingale, fermented rice, fish sauce, and pepper. Enjoy this dish with fermented shrimp sauce, lemon, chili, sugar, and some drops belostomatid essence to feel the full flavor of Cha Ca La Vong.


Unlike Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Hue cuisine impresses tourists with its own specialties which are processed in special style especially the palace processing style. Hue culinary is very picky about processing methods, choosing ingredients and decoration. Hue is well known for a ton of rustic dishes such as Hue tiny mussel rice, beef noodle with pig’s leg, boiled meat – shrimp sour paste, Khoai cake, bloating duckweed-shaped cake, Nam cake, wet cake, etc.

Hue tiny mussel (Com Hen)

Although Hue tiny mussel is made from the rustic ingredients in daily life including tiny mussels, penicilated shrimp, tiny mussel broth, chili sauce, fish sauce, garlic, pig’s skin, sesame, salt, roasted peanuts, raw herbal with cool steamed rice. This harmonious mixture makes the dish so tasty. If you have a chance to visit Hue, you absolutely have to try “Com hen” one time!

Nam Pho Thick Noodle Soup (Banh Canh Nam Pho)

Not popular as “Bun Bo Hue” and “Com Hen”, Banh Canh Nam Pho impresses tourists by its special flavor and meticulous cooking process. It is the mixture of thick noodle, shrimp, crab, meat pie, etc. Especially, to make the special thick noodle fibers of this dish, locals have to mill the rice, put it into a hot pot and steam over low heat. After that, they will whisk the flour until it becomes viscous before pouring it into a plastic bag with a side cut in the tapering shape in boiling water. Finally, they take them out and soak in cool water.

Hoi An

Hoi An is absolutely an ideal destination for foodies all over the world. Many tourists vote this ancient town is the tastiest place in Vietnam where you can taste a ton of Vietnamese authentic foods. Visit Hoi An to explore its colorful food culture!

Cao Lau

As a typical dish of Hoi An, Cao Lau creates the soul of this ancient town’s cuisine with the unique traditional taste that you cannot find in any other dishes. Actually, it is not one kind of noodle soup, same as mixed food which made from yellow noodles, char siu meat, some piece of thick pork on the top and special sauce. This dish is served with fresh vegetables.

Mango Cake (Banh Xoai)

In fact, this dish is not made from mango at all, the name refers to the shape of the cake which is look like a mango seed. It just contains sticky rice outside and peanuts mixed with sugar inside. People often eat this sweet cake as a dessert or like a kind of snack. Banh Xoai is sold at many vendors in the town at night near the Hoi An Bridge and on some streets like Nguyen Hue or Tran Phu.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is another interesting destination for your Vietnam culinary tour. Like Hanoi capital, this bustling city is a heaven of savory street food. From Banh Mi, Banh Xeo to Bun Thit Nuong or Ca Kho To, the cuisine of this exciting city satisfies all types of tourists from any corner of the world.

Crispy Pancake (Banh Xeo)

If visiting Ho Chi Minh City, let’s take at least one time to enjoy Banh Xeo - a savory pancake, contributing to making uniqueness of the city’s cuisine. It is a perfect combination of rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric, pork slices, shrimps, sliced onions, bean sprouts with button mushrooms. Wrap it in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice wrappers with mint leaves, basil, herbs and sweet fermented peanut butter sauce before dipping it in a sweet and sour fish sauce to enjoy this dish.

Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork (Bun Thit Nuong)

Bun Thit Nuong has been a dreamy food for all foodies coming to Ho Chi Minh City. The ingredients to make this delicacy includes vermicelli rice noodles, chopped lettuce, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, pickled daikon and carrot, mint and tender pork shoulder on the top. You can easily taste this dish in any diners or restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy Bun Thit Nuong with its special sauce for a flavor ensemble.

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta cuisine is well-known for its 3 qualities: delicious, attractive and good for health. It also has extreme flavor because of being affected by the strong and open-minded characteristic of people in this land. Locals believe that extreme flavor means extreme taste and extremely freshness. Mekong Delta cuisine guarantees you the high standards of diversity, aesthetics and healthy.

Bot Loc Cake

Bot Loc Cake is a great choice for a tasty light meal. Its unique taste is created by shrimp or roasted pork inside.This dish is available at many shops on Truong Dinh and Nguyen Van Cu street. Do not forget to enjoy Bot Loc Cake with herbs and sweet-sour fish sauce.

Luc Si’s Nem rice papers

Actually, there is a various type of rice paper you can see in Mekong Delta such as Nem rice papers, sweet rice paper, baked rice papers and dipped rice papers. This dish is not only delicious but also really safe because it is handmade with 100 rice flour without any chemicals. Wrap shrimp, meat, noodles, vegetables with soft rice paper and dip it in tamarind fish sauce or soybean milled to feel the amazing flavor of this dish. Booking Vietnam vacation and tour packages right now to get wonderful experience!