Most street food that makes its way to Saigon from elsewhere gets adapted to the local palate. One such dish is pho chua. Words by Vi Pham. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

Bun noodles seem to be served up with anything and everything these days. One variation? Bun served with be be, a type of shrimp from Halong Bay. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Trung Del

Bread served up in a frying pan with pate, egg and tomato sauce is all the rage in Hanoi. Huyen Tran gets with the bug. Photos by Julie Vola

Want to snack out on the most local of local street food? Head to the alleys, says Vi Pham. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

Ca Com Minh Duc. Photo by Charles Von Presley 

In a city where design and concept have taken over the restaurant scene, sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics. Vi Pham visits one of Saigon’s best-known and most often criticised rice restaurants. Photos by Charles Von Presley

 Ha Cao Chien Hang Bo. Photo by Trung Del

Fried, Chinese-style dumplings anyone? Huyen Tran checks out probably the best-known ha cao eatery in town. Photos by Trung Del

Hanoians like to snack. And when it comes to their favourite bites, banh gio, a savoury, pyramidlike dumpling found all over the capital, sits top of the pile. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Julie Vola

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