Vietnam is a famous country in Asia with a plentiful and wealthy food and cooking culture so that a lot of foreign tourists, as well as food bloggers and explorers, come to Vietnam for a visit and a chance to taste all the Vietnam street food of the country. We have shown you top 3 most favourite drinks in Vietnam. Today, we are going to tell you the top ten street food in Vietnam that will surely impress you with the taste, the cultures, and the cooking styles. Moreover, we will also introduce some necessary basic information about the recipes, the special feature as well as some suggestions for you to have the best experience.

1. Pho - Vietnam signature dish

Pho is one of the legendary and traditional dishes in Vietnam so that everyone from Vietnamese to foreign people mentioned Pho when they talk about the signature Vietnam street food of Vietnam. In our country, Pho is served nearly everywhere from luxury restaurants to normal restaurants to small stalls with different flavours which will fascinate the eaters in different ways. But Pho seems to extremely famous in Hanoi. In general, Pho is simply special in the soup cooked from beef and bones to make the flavour sweet as well as nutritious together with other vegetables such as onions. The Pho’s noodles are white and a little bit firm to be boiled in hot water and put into the bowl with shredded beef and some green vegetables. You gonna eat Pho with the special black liquid sauce made from the beans. Besides Pho with beef, there are other special versions of Pho from chicken that you should probably try. The flavour of Pho is good and easy to enjoy, so everyone including the foreign people will love it. 

Nowadays, Pho is super famous and popular, and it becomes the giant icon of Vietnamese street food that every tourist pays attention to. Pho is popular in all areas of Vietnam from the northern area to the center and southern area, so you can easily find a place to eat Pho anywhere you are. Moreover, Pho in Vietnam also has different brands in different places in the country, and each Pho brand will have different ways to serve as well as different prices to offer the customers. The origin of Pho is from Hanoi, so we are going to suggest 3 famous places in Hanoi where you can eat the best Pho:

  • Pho Bat Dan: 49 Bat Dan, West Gate, Hanoi (From 30,000 to 60,000 VND per bowl)

  • Chicken Pho Yen Ninh: 64 - 68 Yen Ninh, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi (From 60,000 to 120,000 VND per bowl)

  • Pho Thin Lo Duc: 13 Lo Duc, Pham Dinh Ho, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi. (From 40,000 to 60,000 VND per bowl).

  • Etc.

Price range: From 30,000 VND per bowl. Let's see.

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2. Bun Cha Hanoi

Bun Cha Hanoi has become very popular and famous since the former president Barack Obama visited Vietnam and eat Bun Cha in a small restaurant in Hanoi. Now, Bun Cha Hanoi is favourite street food in Hanoi as well as in Vietnam to all people especially the foreigners. About the recipe, Bun Cha Hanoi is a kind of Vietnam street food with grilled chopped meat and grilled slices of meat that will be eaten together with white noodles and the sour papayas and a special kind of sauce. The meat is cut into slices and covered by some special ingredients before being grilled on the fire. The chopped meat is shredded and made into small meatballs before being grilled in the same way. Besides, you gonna eat the white noodles together with the tasty meat mentioned before, and with the vegetables and the sauce. Bun Cha Hanoi sauce is very delicious with good scent, so even the foreigners can eat Bun Cha easily. Therefore, Bun Cha Hanoi becomes the favourite street food for foreigners living in Vietnam.

Bun Cha is super famous in Hanoi with a lot of brand restaurants, but you can still find Bun Cha in every other place in Vietnam. The price for a set of Bun Cha is different due to different restaurants. We are going to suggest 3 famous places for you to eat this kind of street food:

  • Bun Cha Tru Bat Gioi: 72 Truong Quyen, District 3, HCMC. (25,000 VND per set)

  • Bun Cha Antique Town: 225 Phan Xich Long, Phu Nhuan District, HCMC. (39,000 VND per set).

  • Bun Cha Anh Hong: 140B Ly Chinh Thang, District 3, HCMC. (44,000 VND per set).

  • Etc.

Price range: From 25,000 VND - Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo


3. Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice is not famous street food, but it is too popular as a Vietnam breakfast meal for every Vietnamese people. There are two kinds of sticky rice: Sweet and salty sticky rice. The sticky rice is usually eaten with dried coconut slices and bean salt, and the sticky rice is a little bit sweet and very good to taste. On the contrary, the salty sticky rice is eaten with a lot of delicious toppings such as chopped meat, dried meat slices, fried or boiled eggs, and oil spring onion. In every place in Vietnam, people usually choose sticky rice as a delicious and fast breakfast or a late-night meal with a lot of necessary energy and fullness. Even sticky rice is the popular national street food, but there are also famous brands for sticky rice as well. Moreover, tourists and foreigners also try and like sticky rice as well due to the ease to eat.

Because sticky rice is very popular so there are many places for you to buy sticky rice at different prices as well. Now we are going to tell you 3 famous places to buy this delicious street food as well as the price range:

  • Yen Sticky Rice: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (30,000 VND per set)

  • Ba Chieu Sticky Rice: 40 Hong Ban, Binh Thanh, HCMC. (From 25,000 VND per set)

  • Cade Sticky Rice: 451 Tran Phu, District 5, HCMC. (From 20,000 VND per set)

  • Etc.

Price range: From 15,000 VND


4. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo is also known as the Vietnamese Pancake which is not so popular and easy to eat for foreigners due to the fish sauce. However, Banh Xeo is still a very delicious and favorite Vietnam street food to a lot of Vietnamese people. Banh Xeo has different versions in different areas of Vietnam. In general, Banh Xeo is made from liquid rice flour on a hot frying pan with cooking oil, and on the slice of Banh Xeo, there will be eggs or shredded beef, or seafood. You gonna eat Banh Xeo with fresh vegetables and fish sauce, and its flavor will fascinate you. 

Banh Xeo is popular as street food mostly in the southern area of Vietnam, so we are going to suggest three places to enjoy the best Banh Xeo in Saigon:

  • Banh Xeo Muoi Xiem: 204 Nguyen Trai, District 1, HCMC. (From 70,000 VND)

  • Banh Xeo Dinh Cong Trang: 46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1, HCMC (70,000 or 120,000 VND)

  • Banh Xeo A Phu: 10A 3 Thang 2 street, District 10, HCMC (From 50,000 to 165,000 VND)

  • Etc.

Price range: From 50,000 VND


5. Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon is very special street food in Vietnam which is made from wet rice paper wrapped with some vegetables, shrimps, and pork into a roll that you gonna eat with a special sauce. Goi Cuon is a very popular snack for everybody from young people to adults who choose to eat in the afternoon and evening when they suddenly get hungry. Because Goi Cuon has some very outstanding flavours of Vietnamese traditional recipes, so not every foreigner can eat Goi Cuon. Therefore, Goi Cuon is very delicious, but it is not for everyone.

Goi Cuon is served in every place in Vietnam in different kinds of restaurants or street food stalls. However, Goi Cuon is only served as a slight dish in restaurants, so we will give you e suggestions on this street food in Saigon:

  • Goi Cuon Le Van Sy: 359/1/9A Le Van Sy street, District 3, HCMC ( 6,000 VND per roll)

  • Goi Cuon Hanh: 420A Hoa Hao, District 10, HCMC (7,000 VND per roll)

  • Goi Cuon Tran Van Dang: 69 Tran Van Dang, District 3, HCMC (4,000 VND per roll)

  • Etc.

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6. Bun Bo 

Bun Bo can be considered as a brother of the famous street food - Pho, but it is completely different with different flavor, ingredients and recipes that will surprise you. Similar to Pho, Bun Bo is the very delicious soup cooked from beef and bone with some special spices. The beef soup gonna be eaten with noodles and fresh vegetables. Like we already mentioned, Bun Bo is similar to Pho, but if you taste it, the flavor will be different. We recommend you to try Bun Bo yourself to experience the delicious tastes. In different area of Vietnam, Bun Bo recipe will be a little bit changed by the way it is cooked in accordance with the cooking hobby and local taste of people. A lot of foreigners start to like Bun Bo after tasting it, and they begin to eat Bun Bo a lot like Pho.

Hue is the city that stick to Bun Bo - the street food, so we are going to give you 3 typical places to eat delicious Bun Bo in Hue with detail addresses in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Bun Bo Ut Hung: 113 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3, HCMC (From 50,000 VND)

  • Bun Bo Ngu Binh: 82 Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan District, HCMC (From 70,000 VND)

  • Bun Bo Dong Ba: 110A Nguyen Du, District 1, HCMC (From 70,000 VND)

  • Etc.

Price range: From 35,000 VND


7. Cao Lau

Cao Lau is very hot Vietnam street food in the city of tourism - Hoi An Antique Town. A lot of tourists including Vietnamese people as well as foreigners try and admit Cao Lau is very delicious. In general, Cao Lau is a street dish with a kind of noodles that look like Udon noodles of Japan, and Cao Lau is eaten with pork, fried wontons, and some specific vegetables. Cao Lau will be eaten in a dried way, and its flavours are amazing to taste. Cao Lau is not popular in other places of Vietnam, Therefore, it is said that if you visit Hoi An Antique Town, you must try Cao Lau at least once. 

Because Cao Lau is so rare and special like that, so we are going to recommend you three famous places to eat Cao Lau - one of the most famous and delicious street food in Hoi An Antique Town:

  • Cao Lau Lien: 9 Thai Phien, Hoi An (From 20,000 to 30,000 VND)

  • Cao Lau Ba Be: Hoi An Food Court, Tran Phu street (From 20,000 to 44,000 VND)

  • Cao Lau Thanh: 29 Thai Phien, Hoi An (From 15,000 to 30,000 VND)

  • Etc.

General price range: From 20,000 VND - Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour


8. Banh Mi Thit (Meat Bread)

If Pho is famous in the number one position, then Banh Mi Thit is ranking as the second most famous Vietnam street food in Vietnam. It is believed that the French brought Banh Mi to Vietnam in the past, so you can see a lot of similarities of Banh Mi and sandwiches and hamburgers or hotdogs, but Vietnamese people create Banh Mi Thit in its own significant way. Therefore, now we have Banh Mi Thit with a loaf of bread, some pate, sauce, chopped meat, dried salty pork slices, some vegetables, and other spices. Moreover, Banh Mi Thit can also be added with fried eggs or other related things to create new flavors, so people never seem to get bored with Ba Mi Thit including foreigners. 

You can find Banh Mi Thit in every place in Vietnam with different styles and serving versions, but all are good and tasty. Therefore, we will give you three places in the three biggest cities of the three areas of Vietnam where there is Banh Mi Thit brand that will impress you with the quality and delicious taste:

  • Banh Mi Antique Town of Hanoi: 38 Dinh Liet, Hanoi (From 20,000 to 25,000 VND)

  • Banh Mi Trang Tien: Hung Vuong street, Phu Hoi, Hue (From 20,000 to 25,000 VND)

  • Banh Mi Huynh Hoa: 26 Le Thi Rieng, District 1, HCMC (From 33,000 VND)

  • Banh Mi Phuong: 23B Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An (From 30,000 VND) - Discover Street Food Heaven in Vietnam's Hidden Gem, Hoi An

General price range: From 15,000 VND


9. Street Beer - Vietnam dynamic nightlife

Street beer is a very crowded and busy nightlife culture and the most famous Vietnam street food in Vietnam. On this sleepless streets, you will have the chance to taste a lot of different kinds of beer with slight snacks as a set. So many people including Vietnamese tourists as well as foreigners love drinking beer on street and enjoy the special taste of the street food, and it also becomes a significant feature of Vietnam tourism and food.

Ta Hien Street Beer: 18 Ta Hien street, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

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Price range: From 50,000 VND (Including beer and snacks)


10. Egg Coffee - Top 3 Most Popular Drinks in Vietnam

The final famous street food on the list is Egg Coffee. Even Egg Coffee is considered as a kind of drink, but it can become a street dessert to many people after a heavy meal. For your information, Egg Coffee is made from the Vietnamese brown coffee with sweet liquid milk and Vietnamese black coffee. Then the fresh eggs will be spun into yellow cloudy foam, and this mixture will be put on the surface of the Vietnamese brown coffee. Egg Coffee will make you feel very strange and delicious at the same time. 

This street food or drink is super famous in the northern area of Vietnam where there is usually cold and chilling weather, and enjoying a cup of Egg Coffee will be very amazing. Here are 3 typical places where you can find the best Egg Coffee in Hanoi:

  • Cafe Giang: 109 Yen Phu or 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hanoi (From 30,000 VND)

  • Dinh Cafe: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (From 20,000 VND)

  • Cafe Antique Town Garden: 11 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (From 20,000 to 55,000 VND)

  • Etc.

General price range: From 20,000 VND

In conclusion, we already go through the top ten Vietnam street food that you must try in Vietnam with some detail information about the food, where to eat the best version of it, etc. Through the list, we hope that you will experience all of this delicious and special street food when you get a chance on your vacation, and make sure you enjoy it. Remember that each kind of street food in Vietnam will have a different feature which can be suitable for some people and not for some other, so you had better consider carefully the street food you choose to eat.