When searching and eating Vietnamese street food, here are some TIPS to follow:

Tip 1: Eat where locals eat
Eat where the natives eat if you can. It is often believed that a vendor will offer excellent cuisine if there is a lengthy line of locals waiting to buy from it. Additionally, genuine cuisine, as opposed to food that has been altered to suit tourist tastes, will be available at stalls where locals outnumber tourists.

Tip 2: Adhere to fundamental dining manners
Vietnamese people place a high value on manners, particularly when dining. Use both hands when passing dishes, glasses, and plates. Never put your chopsticks vertically in the center of the rice bowl, and after eating, always put them on top of the bowl. Additionally, it is also considered good manners to finish the food on your plate.

Tip 3: Eat at the right time
Vietnamese street food sellers have their own schedules when serving customers. For instance,Pho is consumed at breakfast, com binh dan (rice) at lunch, and so on. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you must leave between 7 and 8 in the morning, 11:30 to 1:00 in the afternoon, and 5 to 7 in the evening.

Tip 4: AVOID using tap water
You wouldn't want to be traveling with an upset stomach. Therefore, it is better to avoid drinking tap water directly from untreated taps. Before dining, always make sure the utensils are clean. To avoid drinking the water provided at the booth, you can also bring your own utensils and bottled water.

Tip 5: Learn some basic Vietnamese words
Anywhere in Vietnam, a confident ‘em ơi!’ waiter or waitress will bring a server to assist you.
Vegetarians in Vietnam should become familiar with the phrases "không thịt" (no meat) and "ăn chay" (vegetarian food) to use during their travels.
"Ngon quá" means to "very delicious."
Ask for "một suất" (one serving) or "một cái này" (one of these) to indicate your preferences.
In place of water, Vietnamese booths all around the nation serve "trà đá" (iced green tea). You might prefer "trà nóng" (hot tea) to accompany your meals in the colder months.
Ready to leave? Say ‘tính tiền’ to request the bill.

Top Must-try Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine

Pho - Rice Noodle Soup
Tourists are likely familiar with "Pho", as it is a famous traditional Vietnamese dish that is made with savory broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. It is often found on lists of famous Vietnamese dishes.

Banh Mi - Vietnamese Sandwich
The French introduced the baguette to Vietnam during their colonial period. Vietnamese people modified the baguette by adding different ingredients to suit their local taste. This resulted in the creation of banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich that is now popular all over the world.

Bun Cha - Kebab Rice Noodles
Bun cha is a world-famous traditional Vietnamese street food that is especially popular in Hanoi. The dish consists of a plate of rice noodles, a small basket of fresh herbs, and a bowl of warm broth with grilled minced pork and meatballs. The broth is flavored with fish sauce, sugar, and vinegar, and the noodles are typically topped with pickled vegetables.

Nem Ran - Fried Spring Rolls
Nem ran is a Vietnamese spring roll made with a rice paper wrapper and a filling of minced pork, egg, carrot, glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, herbs, and spices. It is often served with sweet and sour fish sauce.

Banh Xeo - Vietnamese Crepes
Banh Xeo is a popular Vietnamese dish made with a rice batter that is poured into hot oil and then filled with shrimp, boiled pork, bean sprouts, and spring onion. The dipping sauce is made with fish sauce, chili, lemon, sugar, monosodium glutamate, radish, carrots, and vinegar. When it is ready to be served, bánh xèo has a crispy golden brown exterior and is typically rolled up with rice paper, vegetables, and herbs.

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