The French influence in Vietnam can still be felt in the food, so expect baguettes and French pastries to abound. As well as European fare, Vietnam is known for having some of the most delicious flavors in Southeast Asia.
This delicious sandwich cheerfully mixes the best of French imports to Vietnam in the form of fluffy baguette, unctuous mayonnaise, pate, and a selection of charcuterie, with the best of Vietnamese foodstuffs including barbecued pork, fiery chili sauce, sour pickles, and toothsome coriander.
One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes is the humble nem or spring roll. Usual fillings include minced pork or seafood like crab or shrimps, as well as vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, and other vegetables like mushrooms and onions. The fillings are wrapped in edible rice paper and then deep fried.
Pho is originally a northern dish but now you will find it all over Vietnam. In its most basic form Pho is a bowl of beef broth mixed with coriander, ginger, rice noodles, spring onions, and topped with beef. Condiments like limes, chili sauce, and herbs are usually served at the table for you to add according to your own taste.
Lau is found in many restaurants across Vietnam and although it is a soup it is usually served as a main meal rather than a starter. It is basically a steamboat (a bowl of soup over a flame or heater to keep it warm) to which you can add whatever ingredients you want. Usually you cook meat like beef or seafood like prawns in the broth, along with vegetables, noodles, and other condiments.