Shaped by geographical and foreign influence, the food in Vietnam is not only exciting but diverse, distinct and delicious. Chinese, French and American influences mean every dish you try offers you something unique. And, as you explore, pay attention to the regional variance in flavours – the food in the north is often less spicy than in other regions due to the effects of a colder climate on production and availability of spices. Be sure to start your day with a strong Vietnamese coffee, too, to wake you up ready for the day ahead.
Taste sensational street food
The street food in Vietnam is delicious and ideal for those with an adventurous palette. Take a Vespa street food focused tour in Saigon and sample delicacies such as grilled mussels with peanuts and chilli, char lua and battered frogs legs. Hanoi is said to be the birthplace of pho – an aromatic and delicious noodle soup also referred to as ‘Vietnam in a bowl’. And, along the Mekong Delta, the floating markets offer an original way of eating, serving and trading food, directly from the boat.
Learn from the experts
Cooking classes are an excellent way of familiarising yourself with authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Perhaps partake in a lesson at the cookery school in Hoi An – originally built as a trading port by the Japanese for spices, it continues to be a culinary hub today. With the guidance of a local chef, you'll explore the food markets along the banks of the river to select the freshest of ingredients, and learn how to turn them into authentic Vietnamese dishes. Round off your day with a rice wine – or, if you’re daring, a glass of snake wine.
Vietnamese cooking class
Experience colonial history
Head to the Saigon Saigon bar on top of the Caravelle Hotel to enjoy an ice-cold drink with spectacular views of the city below, before enjoying a multi-course meal at one of its fine dining restaurants, accompanied by world-class wines. Vietnam’s colonial past means that French wine – as well as the traditional rice wine – can be found in abundance. Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon also has one of the best wine menus in the city.
Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh
Let us tailor your holiday
Plan your Vietnam food and wine holiday with Wexas, and our expert travel specialists will make sure that you are able to experience the best that the country has to offer, from local market tours to authentic cooking lessons. Call today to start planning.