Experiencing Vietnamese Cuisine Like a Local
When visiting a new destination for the first time, it’s not always easy to decide what to see and do. In order to get a truly rounded impression of a place, we believe one of the best approaches is to experience it like a local and start with the food.
Khiri Travel offers a diverse range of foodie tours in Vietnam – all of them geared towards sampling the best cuisine using local modes of transport. If you want a truly local experience, explore the night markets, backstreets, and alleyways the same way as local people do – either by foot, motorbike, bicycle or cyclo. Street food often regional-favorites: so, you will be hanging out with the best local foodie experts. You’ll be sampling dishes that most tourists don’t get to experience.
In Hoi An, for example, you can try our SecretEats tour, which takes you off-the-beaten path to experience some of the city’s unique signature dishes. Our guide will take you to a local eatery where the element of surprise and the mystery of the awaiting flavors really spice up the experience. Rest assured that all the locations we visit are carefully vetted beforehand, so it’s guaranteed that only quality cuisine is part of the surprise.
Another option is to take part in one of our local cooking experiences that showcase a wide range of culinary styles and specialties. Learn from the best chefs and have fun with them perusing local markets to find the ingredients you need. It’s a great way not only to become immersed in the local culture, but to also learn some unique cooking techniques. Not only do you get to make the dishes, you will also have the chance to enjoy them – often in the company of your chef. All our cooking experiences include a list of the recipes and ingredients to take away with you, so you can repeat the experience for your family back home.
To get your taste buds jumping, here are three Vietnamese signature dishes that we recommend you try during your trip:
Bun cha is a noodle dish that is thought to have originated from Hanoi, the northern capital. It is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs, with a side dish of dipping sauce. Hanoi was described by Vietnamese food writer Vu Bang as a town “transfixed by bun cha.” You will find it to be one of the most popular dishes at bars and restaurants throughout the north.
Mi quang is a noodle dish that originated from Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam, but can also be found in Hoi An and Da Nang. Wide rice noodles are placed atop a bed of fresh herbs in a bowl, sometimes with the addition of curcuma. A warm broth of meat or seafood is added, along with boiled egg, peanuts, and chili, basil, mint and rice crackers. The broth usually has a strong flavor and only a small amount of it is needed to partially cover the vegetables.
Com tam is a southern Vietnamese dish made from rice with fractured rice grains and served with grilled pork and pork skin, various fresh and pickled vegetables and egg, along with a prawn paste and grilled prawns. It is typically served with a small bowl of soup broth. Although there are varied names, like com tam Sai Gon (Saigon-style broken rice), the key ingredients remain the same.
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