Trying new foods is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Vietnam did not disappoint in the slightest. Meals consisted of fresh seafood, delicious rice, traditional Pho and many other dishes that varied by region. Here are some pictures of my favorite meals of the trip.
While the meat does look slightly questionable in this picture, it was nevertheless delicious!
This was the Hanoi version of fried rice. Great presentation.
A social restaurant in Hanoi, Koto, served us one of the best meals of the trip. All of the proceeds go to helping Vietnamese street children gain vocational skills in the hospitality industry.
Here is a dish typically found in the South known as dry noodles. It tasted like Pho with hints of Thai flavors.
Here we have some strawberry tea from a little cafe in Hanoi called Le Petit Soleil.
This nice man let me try some of the fruit he was cutting after he saw me take a curious picture.
Still unsure of the name of this one in English, but I would compare it to a slightly unripened mango.
The friendly owner of the French bakery I frequented insisted on a picture.
Home-brewed beer in Hanoi for less than $1 per glass.
This Vietnamese coffee was so strong that I swear it was laced with something without my knowledge.
The fried food carts in Hoi An were perfect for a late afternoon pick-me-up.
Another social restaurant in Hoi An, the Blue Dragon, benefited those affected by Agent Orange.
White Rose dumplings, named for their appearance, were a local speciality in Hoi An. Shrimp and greens were usually inside.
Here is another version of the dry noodles common in Southern Vietnam.
Our hotel, the Vihn Hung Resort, served complimentary appetizers in order for the guests to experience the local food culture.
Here is a pork spring roll, a rice and egg omelette and a rice and bean paste cake.
This dry noodle dish was a favorite among our group.
During a cooking lesson, we learned how to make some of the dishes served by the hotel.
The French bakery in Saigon served amazing desserts.
The craziest street food I consumed in Vietnam: Snails.
Not my favorite.
Kebabs for less than $1, can’t beat that!
At the Cu Chi tunnel site, they demonstrated how rice paper is made.
These Kumquats were squeezed into tea cups with honey and then filled with hot lemon tea.
Our lunch: a flash fried fish. Our server helped us navigate through the bones to make fish spring rolls.