I was asked to share tips on how to find Vietnamese food in the community and what to order, so I decided to put together a quick beginner’s guide to give you tips on dining at a Viet restaurant and what popular dishes to order. This was a fun blog to write and, being Vietnamese, I would love for everyone to try Viet food. It always has a nice balance of sweet, acid, salty, and spicy with all textures accounted for and tends to be heavy on vegetables and herbs with lemongrass-marinated proteins.
Trying out different cuisines is fun! If you find something you love, start searching for recipes online and try to recreate them at home. Before you know it, your cooking will be influenced by the different foods you try. Pho can be easily cooked in an Instant Pot and, if you have a skillet, you can definitely make vermicelli bowls, rice dishes, and spring rolls.
What to Order
Spring Rolls (Gỏi cuốn)
Eggrolls (Chả Giò)
Noodle Soups (Phở)
Rice Dishes (Cơm Tấm)
Grilled Shrimp Over Vermicelli Noodles (Bún Tôm Nướng)
Vietnamese Sandwich (Bánh Mì)
Vietnamese Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Dá)
Have other tips or dish suggestions from Vietnamese restaurants? Comment below to share the knowledge!
Jane Pelcher, RDN
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist focused on helping everyone love nutrition through cooking! My blogs provide new home cooks with basic cooking skills and grocery shopping tips. Most importantly, I strive to teach the nutrition behind the foods you cook to help you understand how specific foods can better your health and prevent chronic diseases. I hope you embark on this journey with me!