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Compass and Fork Reveal Vietnam's top foodie destinations

Tasting the exotic and delicious flavours of foreign cuisine is one of the greatest pleasures a traveller can treat himself to. For those who simply adore South East Asia fare, Compass & Fork website recently published a foodie guide to the best of Vietnam gastronomy. From upscale restaurants in Hanoi to street food in small villages, this guide will lead you through the best of Vietnam's cuisine.

Compass and Fork Reveal Vietnam's top foodie destinations

Discovering a different culture is always exciting, and one of the most pleasurable ways of appreciating a country is through the love of its food. Travel website Compass & Fork, which cares about transmitting finger-licking foodie experiences, recently published an article describing the best places to grab a bite in Vietnam.

With a magnificent balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest and most delicious cuisines worldwide. In order to truly appreciate it, this guide gives you advice on where to go and what to try. Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are on the list as the three main cities all travellers must visit for their cultural and culinary importance, whilst Mekong Delta, Sapa and Ninh Binh and Mai Chau are more remote locations where visitors can learn about how local food is produced.

Hoi An

Though often overshadowed by Vietnam’s two other main cities, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Hoi An is the country’s culinary capital. With a small population of 120,000 people it boasts a relaxed ambiance where one can forget about all concerns. As a historic fishing port that has always played an important role in Vietnamese commerce, Hoi An reflects the strong influence of other cultures and includes fresh seafood in its gastronomy.

During your stay in the city, Compass & Fork recommends “The Last Great Taste of Hoi An” food tour and encourages travellers to even assist a cooking class at “Red Dragon Restaurant”, where after experimenting with Vietnam cuisine, you get to dine the delicious results.

Ho Chi Minh City

The most remarkable trait of this city’s cuisine is the French influence. Once occupied by France, Ho Chi Minh is the nation’s second most important city. Famous venues include Jerome’s Bar at the Caravelle Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious plate of Banh Mi as you observe the terrific views of the French District.


One of the oldest cities in the world, Hanoi is the beautiful capital of Vietnam. Gastronomy is so important here that many of its streets are named after local dishes. Hanoi is a great place to try Vietnamese style coffee (delicious concoction served over ice) or even the unique “egg coffee”. Banh Bao, Pho and a local noodle dish Bun Bo Nam Bo are all a must.

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta is the country’s largest agricultural area. Curious foodies have the opportunity of discovering how food is produced and visit floating markets like Cai Rang. Compass & Fork also recommends trying catfish in the Muslim fishing village.


The hiking capital of Vietnam, Sapa’s delicious dishes reveal influence from former metropolis France and neighbouring countries Thailand and Laos. Sample products at the large Sapa market and try delicious soups, stews and grilled foods.

Ninh Binh and Mai Chau

This visit provides another glimpse into village life and its food. Explore rice fields in Ninh Binh and drink tasty rice wine in Mai Chau Valley.

In order to make sure foodies sample the best of Vietnamese cuisine, Compass & Fork enlists the delicious dishes visitors must definitely try: Pho Bo, Banh Mi, fresh spring rolls, Vietnamese omelette with peanut sauce, five spice grilled pork, eggplant claypot and Vietnamese coffee.

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