Top 7 best specialties that you must try in Quy Nhon

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Every regional cuisine has its own characteristics and Quy Nhon also. You definitely have to try the top 7 delicious dishes in Quy Nhon below when you come to the place to have the best culinary tour in Vietnam ever!

Lagu Bread (Banh mi Lagu)

This is a long-standing favorite dish in Quy Nhon. Lagu bread is served with lagu sauce, which is made from a variety of ingredients such as sweet potatoes, red beans, lotus seeds, carrots, and stewed pork. Thus, the sauce has a sweet scent, moderate softness, which is not too soft or too tough. The bread is covered with a thin layer of butter on the face, baked on a charcoal stove to create a sweet smell, cut into small pieces to eat. It is not strange to say that Lagu bread is an ideal dish to enjoy on the cool days.

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Lagu bread

Crispy Vietnamese shrimp pancakes (Banh xeo tom nhay)

You will see Vietnamese pancakes are sold in many places but crispy pancakes in Quy Nhon have a special taste compared to other places. There are so many differences just among the sauces. With the delicious sauce, the normal pancakes are also enough for diners to remember. There will be many kinds of ingredients for a pancake, but especially here, there are red and round shrimps.

Through the skillful hands of bakers, you will have a chance to enjoy crispy yellow pancakes with fresh shrimps, soft beef along with green onions, bean sprouts, onion inside wrapped with raw vegetables such as lettuces, chives, mango slices, cucumbers, etc. They are so tasty that a lot of visitors considered them as the highlight of their Vietnam culinary tours to Quy Nhon.

Grilled Nem (Nem nuong)

Nem is made from ground lean pork and mixed with grease and other spices such as salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, etc. then rolled into round sticks and grilled on the charcoal stove. However, grilled nem in Quy Nhon is totally different from elsewhere because the rice paper to wrap nem are made directly from the rice flour of Binh Dinh rice. You just need to wrap grilled nem with rice paper, add some lettuce, cucumber, starfruits or green mango, chives, basil, pickles, garlic or sliced chili and then dip into a bowl of sauce, put on your mouth and feel.

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Grilled nem

Banh hoi with pork intestine (Banh hoi long heo)

This is one of popular dishes in any culinary tours in Quy Nhon. Banh hoi is almost like vermicelli, but instead of vermicelli noodles we usually see, the noodles are very small, made from rice flour, through a lot of steps. Banh hoi is much better when applied a layer of oil above and added some chopped chives to color the dish.

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Banh hoi with pork intestine

This dish is called banh hoi with pork intestine because when you visit any banh hoi restaurants here, you will enjoy it with one more accompanied dishes – pork intestine. Having banh hoi with boiled pork or pork intestine will make the dish become sweet and fragrant.

Fish rice noodles (Bun ca)

For a long time, fish rice noodles have become a symbolic dish bring the essence of Quy Nhon. It is special because of the way of making noodles, how to fry fish and especially the broth. The broth is not from pork bones but from fresh fish bones, added a little bit of purple onion, pineapple, etc. to have clear broth without being fishy. Enjoy the delicious bowl of fish noodles is a combination of noodles, broth, crispy fried fish, vegetables together with a bit spicy-sour flavor of lemon and pepper. Only by tasting it once will you remember its flavor forever in any Vietnam culinary tours.

Water Fern Cake (Banh beo)

One of the delicacies in Quy Nhon that must be mentioned in any Vietnam food tours is water fern cake. The cake has a harmonious color thanks to small chives on the top of the white powder, smashed peanuts and a little shrimp or crumbs of bread. No words can describe the feeling of eating water fern cake when it is still hot along with the sauce except “great”.

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Water fern cake

Vietnamese rice pyramid dumpling (Banh it la gai)

Known as a famous gift every time to visit Binh Dinh, it is not an exaggeration to say that this pyramid dumpling is one of the best specialties of Quy Nhon. People wrap this dumpling with Vietnamese special leaves called “la gai” and stuff it with coconut flesh, green beans, and ginger. Just take a piece of this rice dumpling, you will be able to feel the softness, smoothness of the cake, the fragrance of sticky rice, the sweetness of coconut flesh.

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Vietnamese rice pyramid dumpling

The use of herbs and spice in Vietnamese gastronomy

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Either you are attending a Southern or Northern Vietnam food tour, you may always find that Vietnam cuisine literally bears a distinctive aroma when put on the scale against other neighboring countries. Graham Holliday, an author of the book Eating Vietnam admitted that the harmony of spice and herbs has paid tribute to the success of Vietnamese dishes.

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The use of herbs and spice

It may come up to countless of the number natural herbs and veggies up and down across the length of this S-shaped country. Some are so unique that they are only spotted out in a significant town or village. The use of fresh vegetables shows up in almost every single daily consumption. Northern Vietnamese, meanwhile, has a slightly less use of veggies in their meals compared to Southern siblings. For instance, Trảng Bảng rice paper in Tây Ninh, a Southern province in the Northern face of Saigon, requires up to 8 or 10 different types of herbs.

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Spice in Vietnamese food

Legume is the key factor highlighting the flavor of each dish in Vietnam’s culinary history. Vietnamese food contains less oil use, which is a great element contributing to its citizens’ good health and body shape. A good local guide may reveal how important it is to create an utmost balance in every single Vietnamese dish during one of your culinary tour in Vietnam, which accordingly results in the balance of one’s internal energy. On the whole, there are 4 main spices in Vietnamese gastronomy, which are saltiness, spiciness, sourness, and sweetness. Yet, these can be slightly adjusted depending on specific individual’s regular taste. Mr. Holliday points out that the use of herbs and spice in Southern Vietnamese dishes brings a controversial sophistication and newfangledness. He also admits that Saigon culinary somehow bears a more diversified look rather than Hanoi’s.

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Healthy Viet dishes

Not to mention, elements that form a significant alteration must be listed as climate condition and soil formation at each area. Available ingredients have a big effect on the locals’ eating habit. For example, when making fish noodle soup, Hanoians and other dwellers living in mainland cities will use fresh-water fish, whilst onshore citizens will definitely catch fish from the ocean for the main element in the dishes. On the other hand, Southern Phở is served with a good amount of fresh veggies and herbs, while in the North, this can be judged as less elegant. In addition, Northern cuisine seems to cut down on the use of spice compared to other regions down South.

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The author of Eating Vietnam discloses that foreign visitors should rely on the choice of the natives. If you spot out a long line queueing up in front of a food stall, it is surely a good local brand. If the chef only makes one significant dish, that must be the best choice that has got to offer. Moreover, those who have not been a big fan of street food for long should dust off their prejudice against this nectar of God or else they probably get to miss the best to be offered along the length of Vietnam. Fermented fish noodles, pancakes, rice noodle soup are the big names in Southern Vietnamese culinary, while it must be Bún Chả, or grilled pork with vermicelli noodles in the Northern land, and this is going to be a shining focal point in your Northern Vietnam culinary tour, especially if you take that in Hanoi.

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Fermented fish noodles

Only when having a meal served on the sidewalk of a street, tourists will have a chance to witness their portion to be processed in actual life. A pro tip is that if you are so into one specific dish, just step right into the eatery and make an order with the most generous voice and attitude, you are then loved by the local chef!

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Vietnamese local market

Picking a Vietnam culinary tour is the finest way to get an in-depth sight towards the virtual soul of a nation, and street food is the most excellent reflection. Come to visit Vietnam and open your eyes to realize how broad the topic of Vietnamese cuisine can be, without the only names of Phở, Bánh Mỳ or Spring Rolls.

4 street foods that you will never forget in Saigon Vietnam culinary tours

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Do you want to try having dinner at the side of some Saigon street? The following dishes as well as restaurants in Vietnam culinary tours will help you.

Broken rice

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Dumping ground broken rice

You should not miss broken rice when having Vietnam street food tours. It is a popular dish in Saigon cuisine. There are various street restaurants serving this but the most famous one is probably the “dumping ground” restaurant.

You should not be afraid of its name because it is just a funny joke made by the locals and regular customers of the restaurant. The owner here is Ms.Bay, who never gave her famous business a name. And her restaurant is accidentally located behind Xom Chieu Market, where people take out the trash. That is where the name “dumping ground” restaurant is given.

Different from that, it is situated on a wide sidewalk and always carefully cleaned. Instead of using glass storage cabinets like other restaurants, Ms.Bay arrange the dishes on two tables.

You will find a great number of common Vietnamese foods to come with broken rice, such as ribs, roasted lean and fat meat mixed, fried chicken, and cuttle-fish stuffed with meat. The rice here is steaming hot, soft, and sweet-smelling.

This is why “dumping ground” restaurant is very crowded every day. Although the price here triples other restaurants, no customer has complained a word because it is equal to the quality of the food.

  • Address: 77 Le Van Linh Street, District 4

Tieu porridge

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Tieu porridge

Among all of the Chinese foods in Saigon, Tieu porridge is always regarded as the most attractive and exclusive one. Due to the unique recipes and flavors of the dish, there are fewer than 10 restaurants in the city. The one in Ban Co Market is definitely the best restaurant that numerous tourists would love to come.

It impresses diners because of not only its wonderful taste but also its price. One miscellaneous dish here can cost 77,000 dongs ($3.38). However, its quality is precisely more than what you expect. Besides common ingredients like pig organs, you will find various other ones in the dish, such as cuttle-fishes, fishes, minced meat, and mushrooms.

Especially, each dish always tastes greasy thanks to the buttery flavor of eggs. Only when customers order does the cook start heating the porridge. After it is ready, other ingredients are added and allowed to get well done. This is the reason why porridge dishes here are so popular and the restaurant is visited by a large number of connoisseurs every year.

  • Address: 51/33 Cao Thang Street, District 3

Pho

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Pho dau

Pho can be an excellent option if you want to begin your Vietnam-food-tour day. The dish has also been spread worldwide and appeared in the offer of different restaurants around the globe. Nevertheless, only in Vietnam and particularly in Saigon can you experience a brand new flavor.

There is one Pho restaurant which has been well-known for its one of a kind dishes. It is Dau Street Restaurant, located in a small alley on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street. Pho here carries many traditional traits of both Northern and Southern Vietnam.

In over 55 years, the restaurant has never been quiet. Southern citizens come here to try a different taste from their every-day-food. And Northern citizens living in Saigon visit the restaurant to remind themselves of the traditional flavors of their homeland. Although one dish can cost 90,000 dongs ($3.95), the customers have never bargained or complained.

You will not find bean sprouts or vegetables coming with Pho in Dau Restaurant. There are only some green onions to make the dish more attractive. The first thing that you can notice when Pho is served is the clear and sweet odor of its broth.

The noodles are also small, soft, but still tough. The beef is sliced thinly and done in a turn. Looking at the fat in the outer edge of each piece of beef, you will not be able to resist.

  • Address: Number 288, Alley 288, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3

Mixed rice paper

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mrvien mixed rice paper

Culinary tours in Vietnam will be disappointed if you don’t try a mixed rice paper. It is an excellent dish for brunches and dinners. The best restaurant in Saigon that you can come and enjoy mixed rice papers is definitely Mr.Vien’s restaurant.

Some years ago, it was famous for being the only place in Saigon where you needed to take a number to have your dish. And because the street was so small, the restaurant was often crowded and caused traffic jams. Now, you cannot find that scene anymore. In fact, you can get your mixed rice paper in less than a minute after ordering.

Mr.Vien, the owner has made all dishes in advance so that customers do not have to spend so much time waiting. A mixed rice paper in Mr.Vien’s restaurant is filled with numerous ingredients, including rice papers, sour mangoes, fried purple onions, peanuts, dried beef, tiny shrimps, quail eggs, mayonnaise sauce, and beef sauce.

Everything is placed in a box. And the only thing you have to do enjoy the dish is spraying beef sauce and mixing all ingredients up. It is a perfect harmony of sourness, sweetness, greasiness, and spiciness. Having traditional recipes, Mr.Vien has created the best-mixed rice papers in Saigon.

The last reason making his restaurant an ideal destination in Vietnam culinary tours is that it is very clean and Mr.Vien is very friendly. So don’t miss the chance to try this outstanding dish in Saigon.

  • Address: 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, District 3

Saigon with four favorite specialties

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Our country is more and more recognized as the World’s prominent cuisine industry. And the best way to prove it is through the best Vietnam culinary tours.

A lot of people admit that Thai food, Chinese food, Mexican food or French food are probably the best types of cuisine the whole World did reward mankind. However, as a local Viet girl, Vietnamese food is something on another level that we cannot compare with. Hence, to save time from only complaining how much Vietnamese cuisine was long overshadowed, I will walk you through the finest specialties that Vietnam owns, and let’s start with Saigon first. 

The diversity of Vietnamese cuisine

The diversity of Vietnamese cuisine

Phnom Penh rice noodles soup – Hu Tieu Nam Vang

You would probably think it may seem strange as the name of the dish sounds extremely “Cambodian”. Yeah, as being said, Saigon is a multicultural city so any food found here has its own story and style behind. Back to this noodle soup, the dish itself is also referred to as a “multiracial cuisine” due to the fact that it was originally initialized by the Cambodian community but altered by the Chinese citizens living in the South. Rice noodles can come in a huge diversity, yet this Phnom Penh style takes it to a whole new level.

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Hu Tieu Nam Vang is always my favorite

What makes a bowl of Hu Tieu Nam Vang so special is the ingredients served in one. Staring at a fully mixed portion displayed on your table, you can totally figure out what are included such as ground pork, sliced pork, boiled shrimp, liver, quail egg, squid, and way many more. And not to mention, another must-have add-in is a small tray of fresh veggies water dropwort, shallot, beansprout, lettuce and so on. Just like any other rice noodles, there are two common ways to enjoy Hu Tieu Nam Vang, one with the broth available inside of your bowl with noodles, another one is to have a small bowl of broth separately. There are many famous Hu Tieu Nam Vang restaurants in Saigon such as Thanh Dat on Co Bac Str., Dist.1 or Hong Phat on Vo Van Tan Str., Dist.3. The average price for one varies from VND 35.000 to 40.000.

Mixed Rice Paper – Banh Trang Tron

Mixed Rice Paper – Banh Trang Tron

Well, along with Rolled Rice Paper, Grilled Rice Paper, Mixed Rice Paper is in the top three favorite Rice Paper dishes amongst young Saigonese. A medium-sized portion varies from VND 10.000 to 15.000 and can be found anywhere down the biggest streets in Saigon.

A pack of Mixed Rice Paper contains small sliced rice paper, crispy fried shallots, scallion oil, peanuts, quail eggs, beef jerky, sliced green mango and hot mint, all well stirred up in a small bag. Depending on your own taste, those vendors can add a little bit of chili oil or not.

Broken Rice – Com Tam

It is not too much when admitting Com Tam is the biggest Saigon delicacy. When I think about what to eat in Saigon, Com Tam definitely comes up in my mind, like, all the time! You can have it for breakfast, which is what we usually do, yet nowadays, Com Tam can be easily spotted at any time during the whole day, even at midnight.

Com Tam is the heart of Saigon cuisine

Com Tam is the heart of Saigon cuisine

A full special plate of Com Tam is served with, I mean, countless of thing all in one. We have steamed broken rice, of course, grilled pork chop, egg loaf, small sliced pork skin, omelet, Chinese sausage and some pickles to balance the taste. And last but not least, a tiny portion of sweet fish sauce mixed with chili is the greatest thing to end my illustration.

Crab meat soup

In Hanoi and probably most of the Northern provinces around, Crab Meat Soup is mainly used for big restaurants or feasts. However, it is totally opposite in Saigon when this type of cuisine is completely a kind of basic street food. Honestly, you can simply pay from VND 15.000 to 20.000 to enjoy the most authentic crab meat soup you can ever find.

The temptation of crab meat soup

The temptation of crab meat soup

In this special edition of Vietnam cuisine, besides crab meat, which is the main ingredient, you can spot out shredded chicken, quail eggs, mushrooms, sometimes century eggs and a small portion pig’s brain. The shining yellowish look atop with a little pinch of coriander, pepper, chili all turn the soup into something very enriching yet not greasy at all.

The best way to enjoy all or most of these specialties is to fully sign up for a typical Saigon food tour. The feeling when sitting on the back of a scooter, sneaking through the dense crowd and hustle of Saigon traffic and ending up in the most authentic local eateries selected by Saigonese will leave you a memory that you cannot forget. 

What is Hủ Tiếu and where to find the best of it

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If Phở is the soul of Hanoi food, then Hủ Tiếu is what makes Saigon compete in the race. Vietnamese food is gradually winning your hearts due to its specialty in flavor and diverse in ingredients.

Not to mention, serving fresh veggies in most of the dishes we have is a hidden secret behind the myth the majority stays slim so easily. One of the must-try dishes in Saigon in particular and across Vietnam in general is a special type of rice noodles that many of you have hardly ever heard of since Phở and Bánh Mỳ has taken over the list. Below listed down the best local eateries in town serving Hủ Tiếu that most of the native Saigon fall in love with. Read more to know what it is like!

Hủ Tiếu – Saigon’s pride

Hủ Tiếu – Saigon’s pride

1. Hủ tiếu mỳ cật – Noodles with pork kidneys: 

This hide-out gem is lied at 62 Truong Dinh Street, District 1 and has been existing for a huge period of time. Though the shop is not that spacious, it stays packed pretty much all the time. A bowl of Hủ Tiếu is filled with boiled sliced pork, ground pork, pork bones and kidneys. Most of the Hủ Tiếu shops always serve two types of noodles known as rice noodles and egg noodles which is picked based on customers’ specific need. In addition, two most typical methods of ordering Hủ Tiếu is Khô and Nước, which are basically Dry and Soup accordingly in order. A portion of dry noodles is having a little bowl of broth served separately as a side dish, while the soup noodles contain everything all in one. Pork kidneys here are strictly selected and processed before cooking so as to chase the smell away. A quick visit for breakfast here can help you recognize how tasty its broth is. Salty and sweet enough with a pinch of green onion and chili oil inside, the broth is the key that makes every Hủ Tiếu eatery gets its own reputation.

Hủ Tiếu with pork kidneys

Hủ Tiếu with pork kidneys

2. Hủ tiếu Nam Vang – Phnom Penh Styled Soup Noodles:

Ba Hoàng is now picked for category of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang, another edition of rice noodles created by the Cambodian community in Saigon. The shop gets no sign at all but always packed with locals. Hidden inside Alley 46 on Vo Van Tan Street, Ba Hoàng attracts its fans thanks to the well-cooked noodles and pork bones. The first look of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang here will surely leave you a great impression. An absolute display of boiled fresh prawn, ground pork, thin-sliced pork served along with charming broth, which includes shallots and chili oil. A highlight of the dish is nothing else rather than crunchy pork rinds. The add-ins of fresh herbs, some drops of soy sauce and a squeeze of lime juice make a perfect ending. There are plenty of nice Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang restaurants in downtown Saigon that are selected for unique Southern Vietnam culinary tours.

A portion of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang

A portion of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang

3. Hủ tiếu mỳ hoành thánh – Noodles with dumplings: 

Last but not least, a local eatery located at 44 Le Quoc Hung Street, District 4 represents another version of Hủ Tiếu, with wontons, or dumplings in English. Wonton is one of the most popular Chinese dishes that is usually served boiled and hot. The restaurant is large and clean enough for a fully satisfying meal. Noodles here are soft while its broth is long-stewed with pork bones creating a lightly sweet taste. You can choose to have ground pork or eggs. Chewy noodles, large pork chops, soft meat and flavorful broth are the fusion that brings reputation to this hidden spot.

Pork chop soup

Pork chop soup

As said, Hủ Tiếu is one of a huge range of best dishes in Saigon that you are not allowed to miss. Vietnamese food is mostly overshadowed by its neighbors like Chinese and Thai, yet its quality and health-friendliness is no doubt. An advice for you to travel like a real Vietnamese is to take the best Vietnam culinary tours in each and every region you step into across the country, not only to fill your stomach but also learn the stories behind all of these.