Bun Thit Nuong

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Cao Lau

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Banh Cuon

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

Street Food Map of Vietnam

Street food is an obsession. Rich or poor, old or young, all like to get their fix. In an environment where status no longer takes precedence, the only important thing is the quality of the food. In Vietnam, street food is the great equaliser.

Chili

Vietnam’s chilli sauces are hot, darn hot, especially if you don’t get them out of a bottle. Here’s a lowdown on the country’s foray into the world of spice. Words by Nick Ross

Barbecue Street Food

Like other street food eateries, do nuong joints don’t have much in the way of amenities. When the sun goes down, plastic stools come out and sacks of vegetables are chopped into manageable morsels destined for the grill. But unlike one-bowl meals like pho and bun cha, these barbecue feasts are meant to be shared. We combed Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for the best places to get your grill on.

Streetifying Western Food

In the beginning, baguettes were for the rich. When the French first brought over their banh tay — ‘foreign cakes’ — they were an extravagance. Rich Vietnamese people would take the loaves and dip them in condensed milk. And no one ever thought to put cheap meats inside.

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