Food in Vietnam: fragrant, fresh, fantastic

The food in Vietnam has been incredibly delicious, and I am very worried about stepping on the scale at home.

There is a lot of lemongrass, chilis, bamboo shoots, fragrant herbs, water buffalo skin, lamb and seafood, as well as chicken and pork.

The smell and the bustle of the markets is overwhelming. The meat markets are basically massive blood baths.

Sometimes you need to be brave

There are fried rats tied in bundles or fresh, baskets of dead bats and birds, live beetles and frogs, and the occasional squirrel – if it moves, they eat it.

When we note that we see little wildlife in Vietnam, we’re told that’s because they ate it. We really hope that no one slipped us dog.

Pho is everywhere and pretty much eaten for every meal. Guess who is the new Pho King?

Also, guess who is coming home with – no kidding – at least a dozen new beer t-shirts? We liked the beer. They put ice in it, but not their Pepsi.

Travel to Vietnam is to be immersed in a culinary tradition that emphasizes herbs and spices that are not typically enjoyed by our western tastebuds.

Vietnam Food Adventure: Snails Among the Stalls

And the variety of food in Vietnam is fantastic, one dish can be subtly fragrant with lemongrass and the next is a spice powerhouse that lights you up.

The Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City offers a unique eating experience.

If you dislike crowds and semi-chaotic atmosphere, steer clear of this place. 

But it’s fun to wander through and maybe buy the occasional souvenir and eat some interesting foods at the stalls toward the rear of the hall. 

Prices for the goods are not necessarily cheap but bargaining is expected. 

A huge display of a wide variety of snails we never knew existed attracted us. We ordered several different kinds steamed. They were served to us by some girls who seemed dubious about whether we knew what we were doing. We probably didn’t, but we really enjoyed them.

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