Spotting Great Street Food in Vietnam


Visiting Vietnam anytime soon? Check out their rich and famous street food! These tips will make it a lot easier for you to find the best-tasting street food in this place.



First, check out the ingredients. To be entirely safe, you should be able to see the ingredients of the food you’re about to eat, especially if you have allergies. What’s excellent about Vietnam street foods though is that almost all the booths display their ingredients for customers to see. They’re open which makes it less doubtful if you’re from a different country. However, you should make sure the food is still safe for eating—some booths leave their food out for a couple of days, compromising the freshness of the food.


Ask for advice if you don’t know where to start looking. Read reviews before you step on Vietnam if possible so that you don’t waste time trying to figure out how to spot good street food. It’s also recommended to aim for a dish. You could ask around, and the people there would be happy to inform you where you can find the best version of the dish you’re looking for. It’s a lot easier for locals too if you know the name of the dish in their own language.



Locals will eat at places that serve the most delicious street food. So the trick is to look for a place where there’s a huge crowd waiting for their food to be served. If there’s a long line, then the wait must be worth it. You’ll know the spot is good and safe when locals are gathering there.

Food Carts

A lot of the food carts in the streets of Vietnam are both owned and operated by a nearby restaurant. These businesses are typically owned by a family, which means they’ve been in the food industry for quite some time now. The longer they exist, the more you should try their food because that means they cook delectable food that’s affordable.

Spotting Scope


My last tip is for you to bring your own spotting scope. After getting one from, you can spy on food carts before even going near them. You will even save yourself a lot of time and energy if you check the place out with a spotting scope first. You’ll also be able to see if they have their ingredients on display. If not, then a spotting scope will tell you not to try that food. You can even use this portable tool to spot famous food carts near your location.

Taste for Adventure: 5 Best Places for Food Trips

Whether you are planning a DIY culinary adventure or a food tour with a local travel company, here are some of the best places in the world that should be on your list.

Bruges, Belgium
The charming city of Bruges is not only known for its canals and medieval architecture. It is also famous for its chocolates and beers. Walk along cobbled streets and medieval alleys and make sure to look out for shops that sell some of the best quality Belgian chocolates you will find in the city. Or you can head out one of the local breweries or bars and restaurants where you can grab some of Belgium’s famous beers. Food-themed attractions you might not want to miss in Bruges include the Choco-story, De Halve Maan, and Frietmuseum.

Delhi, India
Delhi Akshardham Temple
India’s diverse culinary scene means you have to travel across the country for the ultimate Indian food experience. But if you have to pick one city, Delhi would be a good place to start. The country’s capital city is famous for its North Indian cuisine and street food scene. There are plenty of dining options to choose from including roadside restaurants or dhabas, cafes, and other food shops. Some of local dishes you need to try include chole bhature, paranthas, and butter chicken among others.

Fes, Morocco
A top cultural destination in Morocco, Fes is a city that boasts not just of attractions that date back to the medieval times. It is also famous for its vibrant food scene. It is a great place to try the best of Moroccan cuisine like the tagine (slow cooked dishes that come in clay cooking pots with conical lids), couscous, briwat (a type of pastry), pastiall (chicken or pigeon pie), shebakia, zaalouk, and mint tea.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is one of Asia’s best food cities with a delightful cuisine begging to be explored. In Hanoi, you can take your pick of the city’s famous and affordable street food tours. Enjoy culinary adventures at the streets and markets where you can eat some of the country’s famous dishes and then some. Must try dishes and treats include the bánh cuốn (steamed pork wraps), bánh mì, bánh xèo, Gỏi cuốn, Phở (Vientamese noodle soup), sinh tố (Vietnamese smoothie made with fruits and condensed milk), Vietnamese egg coffee, and more.

Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong
From dim sums to barbecue pork buns and so much more in between, Hong Kong is teeming with scrumptious foods that you can find in a wide array of places including street food stalls and fancy gourmet restaurants. It is a place for food tours where, either on your own or equally curious groups of people from around the world. Some of the city’s best places for food include Ah Shun’s Kitchen in Cheung Chau, Tim Ho Wan in Sham Shui Po, the dimsum chain Din Tai Fung, and more.