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Why Vietnam Food Tour? Enjoy Cuisine of the Three Regions

27 September, 2016
Vietnamese Food Culture

Vietnam Food Tour is one of the greatest channels to explore both cuisine and culture of this beautifully S-shape country, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and many remarkable destinations in between. If you want to savor the most delicious and iconic food in Vietnam, then enjoy Vietnam Food Tour.

About Vietnam and Vietnam Cuisine

Vietnam is a fascinating country in the Southeast Asia that holds some of the most fragrant and succulent dishes on the planet. From the North through the Central and to the South of Vietnam, there stand out the countless number of delicacies. While the ancient Hanoi Capital is famous for “Pho,” Hue Imperial City has the renowned “Bun Bo,” Hoi An wins recognition for “Cao Lau,” and Ho Chi Minh City owns “Com Tam.” These are just some specialties to represent the richness of Vietnam cuisine in the particular destinations that most foodies feel interested in. Of course, the other cities and provinces can be spotlighted with the different food, cuisine, culture, and tourism highlights. Every point is just to convince you that Vietnam is a competent country for a happy Vietnam food tour, a true culinary experience, and a hands-on experience in cooking the Vietnamese dishes on your own. 

Vietnam Cuisine is so delicate and scrumptious that makes this country one of the world’s most fine-dining destinations. Many gourmets or food experts come to Vietnam these days to taste and evaluate their favorite Vietnamese food in different regions. Generally speaking, there are two keys to remember about the cuisine in Vietnam. The first key is the rice; it holds the indispensable role in the daily meal of the Vietnamese people. And, the second key is the noodle which can be addictively consumed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Within rice and noodle, there are hundreds of dishes are created, and people enjoy the creative variations at home, restaurant, or even street vendor. Regarding the main flavor of the Vietnamese food in the three regions, the Northern dishes reflect the Chinese influences due to the history, while the Central food plays emphasis on the fish sauce, and the Southern food appreciates the addition of fresh fruit, vegetable, and herb to both flavor and decoration.

The Symbolic Food in the Three Regions of Vietnam

The Northern Vietnam

Pho” is a must to have in Hanoi – the cradle of this delicacy! That is why “Hanoi Pho” is most delicious when compared to the versions of other regions. The original taste of Pho can be adjusted by adding some spices or materials (beef or chicken). Due to customer’s preferable flavor, the cookers can make the adequate adjustment. In reality, Hanoi is filled with many “Pho” stores, and Pho Thin might be the good address for so-called connoisseurs.

The stuffed cake in the Northern Vietnam is recognizable with the minced grilled pork, stir-fried mushroom, fried tofu, and fresh vegetables. This food can be widely found throughout Hanoi.

The crab rice noodle is very yummy thanks to the succulent combination of the quality crab, noodle, tomato, and spring onion. With the high popularity, the crab rice noodle includes numerous variations, and it is certain that you find the one that fits your taste. 

Phở Gà - Noodle soup with chicken
Phở Gà – Noodle soup with chicken

The Central Vietnam

The Hue steamed rice cake is a culinary heritage of the royal time in Hue. Its origin was from the reign of King Tu Duc. Locally, people enjoy the steamed rice cake with the minced mushroom and the fried shrimp. The whole mixture is savory, and when combined with chili sauce, it wins your heart.

The Hue mussel rice gains fame for the quintessential broth cooked from the fresh mussel. Once caught from the picturesque Perfume River, the fresh musselis processed to have the nutrient broth which is eaten with rice, rice paper, sweet herbs, and crispy roasted pork skin. The Hue mussel rice is appreciated for its simple completion but very nutrient and delicious.

The Quang Noodle in Quang Nam is praiseworthy for the eye-catching look and mouth-watering flavor. It includes the thick, yellow noodle served with components of shrimp, pork, peanut, vegetable, and the nutrient broth. Besides, people enjoy Quang Noodle with the grilled rice paper. It is yummy!

Hoi An Cao Lau is always mentioned in every talk about Vietnam’s culinary symbols. It refers to the appetizing complex of noodle, tofu, roasted pork, and sweet herb. Everybody that tours to Hoi An should always taste “Cao Lau” to get a feel for the Central Vietnam cuisine. Note that “Cao Lau” has long been eminent in Hoi An! 

Bánh Bèo Huế - Hue steamed rice cake
Bánh Bèo Huế – Hue steamed rice cake

The Southern Vietnam

The crispy pancake in Vietnam Mekong Delta can cheer up every gourmet with the crispy and delectable tastes. People use a hot pan to fry the rice flour to have such attractive pancake and enjoy it with pork, shrimp, squid, sweet herb, vegetable, and fish sauce. It is necessary to point out that the South’s pancake has the bigger size than the pancake of the Central! Also, the ways to enjoy pancakes might be different from home to home. Some might like to pour the fish sauce into a bowl/dish of the crispy pancake, vegetable, pork, and shrimp. The others might prefer breaking the pancake into several smaller parts and have each part wrapped by the rice paper, and then dip the wrapped piece into the fish sauce.

The sweet-and-sour fish soup appears in the Southern people’s daily meal. It implies the affluence of fish and herb in the Mekong Delta area, as there use the rich ingredients of fish and herb in this nutrient soup. Enjoying a bowl of the sweet-and-sour soup helps every people regain the lost energy.

The braised fish in clay pot is the other highlight of the Southern fusion. Once the fish is braised in the clay pot with the strong spices, it creates the scrumptious food, and if served with rice, it is the perfect choice for a homemade meal.

Cá Kho Tộ - braised fish in clay pot
Cá Kho Tộ – braised fish in clay pot

Cooking Classes in Vietnam

Together with enjoying the symbolic food in the three regions, the Vietnam Culinary Tour offers the educational chances that you join the hands-on cooking classes. Of course, some of the typical Vietnamese dishes will be included in the cooking sessions guided by the fluent English-speaking chefs or the restaurateurs. In these sessions, the culinary tourists can expect to get lessons on how to cook and how to eat. In some cases, the learners should come to the market and buy the fresh ingredients. Then, it is time for cooking and creating variations. Once the food is done, you enjoy it on your own; also, the restaurant will serve the prepared food (in the tour inclusion). The learning and practicing time in Vietnam Cooking Class is so great that leaves you with the funny photos, valuable knowledge, and happy memory. For the favorite cooking classes, it is best to ask your reliable travel agents for some suggestions, and remember that you are the decision maker!

Cooking Class at Saigon Cokery Center
Cooking Class at Saigon Cokery Center


So why Vietnam Food Tour? This Vietnam Culinary Tour is in the growth of appeal that urges everybody to travel to the gorgeous Vietnam, enjoy the appetizing food, and know how to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes. The food tour is the greatest choice for the food lovers who might prefer food to the scenery. Vietnam has both dishes and landscapes to fulfill your stomach as well as feasting the eyes. If you buy our words, begin a happy food journey in Vietnam!

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