Vietnam is known for having one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. This is partly due to its tradition of having different kinds of herbs as part of the ingredients in its wide array of food preparations.

The homes in Vietnam usually have rice and vegetables as a staple food on the table. There are also spring rolls, bread rolls and lots of noodles. They are fond of fish and soy sauce as dipping. Meat is not usually present except for the well to do families.

Try these Vietnamese dishes and desserts when you are in this part of Southeast Asia for a grand feel of the place:

1. Pho – It is Vietnam’s famous noodle soup available in its popular street food joints. Its noodles are made of rice and sprinkled with either basil, mint leaves, lime and bean sprouts. If it is cooked with beef, it is called Pho bo and if with chicken it is called Pho ga.

2. Bun Cha – Delicious noodles with grilled marinated pork.

3. Nem Nung Xa – Sumptuous grilled meat on lemongrass skewers in a stick.

4. Goi Cuon – The famous summer rolls with either shrimp or pork (or both) with herbs rolled in rice paper. It is served cold with a peanut dip.

5. Che – White colored pudding made of sticky rice and beans sprinkled with sesame seeds on top.

6. Bo Kho – Beef and vegetable stew sprinkled with different kinds of herbs.

7. Banh Mi Thit – Vietnamese baguette with a choice of fillings such as ham, cheese, meatballs, pork belly, canned sardines, Vietnamese bologna, pickled carrot and super hot chilli pepper that can burn your eyes. It can be bought on the streets of Vietnam.

8. Ca Kho To – Caramelized fish cooked in clay pot with sugar and fish sauce.

9. Banh Xeo – The all time favorite sizzling pancake made of rice flour, coconut milk and turmeric. It is filled with pork, shrimp and heaps of bean sprouts. It can be eaten in plastic tiny stalls along the streets.

10. Banh Canh – Golden fried glutinous balls speckled with sesame seeds and filled with sweet mung bean paste.

11. Banh Tet – Banana wrapped sticky rice cakes tightly packed with fatty pork and mung beans. It is usually prepared in time for the popular Tet Festival, the Vietnamese version of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

12. Goi – Vietnamese salad made of crunchy, purple-colored sliced banana flowers, pickled carrots, cilantro, crushed peanuts and nuoc corn sauce.

13. Chou CA Hanoi – Flaky white fish marinated in turmeric and galagal served with generous amount of dill.

14. Ca Phe – Being the largest exporter of coffee in Asia, this is Vietnam’s famous coffee which is more like dessert with dark coffee and sweet condensed milk mixed with raw egg.

Street food is very popular in Vietnam and travel to this famous place will not be complete without tasting any of these delectable dishes and desserts which speak of its rich tradition, fascinating history and love of healthy food.