We’re Going to Vietnam!

Hope you’re doing well!

Ting and I are heading to Vietnam and would love your first-hand tips if you’ve been! We are flying into Hanoi and out of Saigon. We don’t really have many plans except to find a ton of delicious street food! Any locations or advice is greatly appreciated, whether they are deep street food locations or specific cities or specific food to try, anything is helpful. Thank you very much!

By | 2017-06-25T20:17:00+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|3,776 Comments

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I'm a Youtuber, food addict, and Sichuan chef in training. I'm currently living in Chengdu, China, while eating, filming, and sharing delicious food from throughout Asia. I'm a full time food and travel vlogger that brings you mouthwatering cuisine and local experiences wherever I go. I believe that food unites us all, and that to have a truly local travel experience, the best way is to travel through food! I'm just like you, I strive to get the most local and authentic experiences wherever I go.


  1. Euwin 2017-06-26 at 03:42 - Reply

    I’ve been travelling between Saigon and Malaysia for the past 2 yrs. I really want to recommend you to this restaurant for it’s dried fry beef ho fun. The beef was succulent and the ho fun is fresh and not too dry. Here the address DimTuTac – Cảng Sài GònDimTuTac – Cảng Sài GònAddress: Số 5 Nguyễn Tất Thành Quận 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  2. Thibaut T 2017-06-26 at 03:29 - Reply

    Hey Trevor,
    I just went to Vietnam 2 months ago and I have a few recommendations that you will enjoy for sure. I’m sure you already have a huge list so I’ll keep it to the minimum.

    In Hanoi, city of bun cha and for your kinda video, I’ve got the exact address you need as the restaurant is literally in an alley between 2 houses and it was the best bun cha we had during our trip. I can send you photos later and you’ll see it’s super local. The address is:
    74 Hàng Quat, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
    It’s simply called Bun Cha but it’s really in an alley.

    Are you planning to go to Phu Quoc? It’s a beautiful island in the South close to Cambodia. They have crazy seafood. The salt and pepper mantis shrimps I had near the night market still remained one of the best seafood dish I had in my life.

    2 other places on the island were amazing for slipper lobsters and the other one for seafood in general but an interesting americain/vietnamese cuisine

  3. Minh Pham 2017-06-26 at 03:14 - Reply

    Hey Trevor! Sorry I don’t know much about Vietnamese streetfoods, but… I’m going to be also traveling there soon the start of July! My parents take me to visit family and I would love to run into you. Haha, I’m not too sure about making plans or anything (since I’m just an inexperience youth) but knowing you’ll be in Vietnam as well is really exciting. I hope you have fun there!

  4. Austyn Sutter 2017-06-26 at 02:27 - Reply

    I’m also planning a trip to Vietnam for next year and I am so in love with big bowls of Bun bo Hue that I want to visit the city it came from.. Hue! I would love to see some food ranging happening there. From pictures it’s so gorgeous! I look forward to watching your adventures in Vietnam.

  5. Paul Blake 2017-06-26 at 01:50 - Reply

    Go into any alley in HCMC. Amazing food is everywhere. If something hits a guidebook it usually isn’t worthy, but I would say 160 Pasteur (Nhà hàng Ngon) showcases different foods from different areas and would be a good spot for filming. You really can’t go wrong though, there are thousands of amazing places to eat and I could show you a few dog restaurants in District 9 if you want to loose some subscribers. (Never did that myself!) You’ll be in food heaven and will probably do best just exploring on your own. You also can find some amazing Chinese influence in D5 if you miss dumplings.

  6. Taha Suleman 2017-06-26 at 01:22 - Reply

    Why not try bunz road in Karachi or food street in Lahore filled with delicious street food! P.S both are in Pakistan!!!

    • Quan 2017-06-26 at 12:46 - Reply

      This is the second person who recommend another city/country on a blog specifically asking about Vietnam. Somehow I find it off putting (as a Vietnamese). Are you implying that Vietnam is less worthy to visit than yours? Sorry about the rant. I do enjoy your YouTube channel. Cheers

  7. Tim Lang 2017-06-26 at 01:19 - Reply

    Great that you are going back to Vietnam!
    Me and my girlfriend have been there every winter now with our friends for the last 2 years. We are planing going back once again next winter.
    And one of the places me and my girlfriedn fell in love with was this Pho place “Pho Quynh”


    Supertasty and still tasty!

  8. Cindy 2017-06-26 at 01:10 - Reply

    For Hanoi,
    Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm : An assortment of boiled pork, fried ham, fried tofu, and cubed noodle bundles that you wrap in aromatic herbs. You dip it in a fermented shrimp passed seasoned with chili, sugar and citrus. It also comes with cucumber slices to cut down the fattiness and saltiness of the dish.

    Phở is rumored to originate from Hanoi being much colder than in Saigon, but the popularity has allowed it to spread allover. You will find most dishes in every city.

    Bún Bò Huế is another one that you can find in any city despite its origin being from the city of Hue, Vietnam’s former capital before Hanoi.

    Cơm Tấm Sườn Bì Chả: It is served allover the country… Broken rice garnished with oiled scallions, served with Vietnamese cellophane egg meatloaf, a slab of grilled pork chop, and some boiled pork skin shredded that has been tossed in roasted rice flour. It comes with a sweet and sour fish dipping sauce known as “nước chấm” or “nước mấm”.

    Bánh Đúc: They are steamed rice cakes. In Hanoi it is served as a savory snack with minced pork and woodear mushrooms, in Saigon it is served with powdered dried shrimp and the cakes are enriched in the batter with coconut milk.

    Phá Lấu: Organs braised in spices and creamed with coconut milk. It is a savory sweet dish you can enjoy with noodles (mostly instant noodle strands) or a loaf of bread.

    Bò Kho: A beef ragout… braised beef ribs in spices. It is quite thick to enjoy with a load of bread while you dip meat chunks in a dipping of salt and pepper with chili and lime, but it can be thinned out with broth to enjoy with rice noodles.

    Bún Thịt Nướng: Grilled pork from a skewers, served on big bowl if rice noodles with sliced herbs and cucumbers and crushed peanuts. Nước chấm comes on the side for you to season to your liking. You can also order deep fried spring rolls with it known as “chả giò”.

    Bánh Xèo: Vietnam’s thin turmeric and coconut rice crêpe, served with a filling of onions, shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts. Again, it is served with nước chấm and herbs on the side, even lettuce for you to make a wrap while you share the big pancake with the whole table.

    Đậu Hũ/ Tào Phớ: In the North, it is silken tofu dessert served with syrup that is infused with only a hint of ginger but concentrated in jasmin flowers. In Saigon, the syrup has a strong ginger aroma but is still sweet. Both are served with coconut cream.

    Bánh Tráng Nướng/ Cuốn/ Trộn: Rice paper snacks… Nướng means grilled. It is normally grilled on charcoal, a quail egg is spread across to use to bind toppings (pork floss, sausage, cheese, dried shrimp, scallions) you can choose from. Cuốn means rolled in a filling of squid and beef jerky, herbs, shredded green mangoes then mayonnaise, chili, jerky sauce, citrus juice and scallions is used to dress it after it is rolled and cut. Trọn is almost the same as cuốn but it is decontruscted but the venders mix all the ingredients before handing it to you.

    Xôi Mặn/ Ngọt: Mặn meaning savoury. Ngọt meaning sweet. Xôi meaning sticky rice. I don’t want to spoil everything on this one, but it is allover Vietnam. You usually find the savory ones at banh mi sandwich shops because the toppings are similar. The sweet ones are more common as pushing carts.

    Bánh Bèo: Steamed miniature rice cakes, where each is topped with some mung bean paste, dried shrimp, scallion oil and nuoc cham. That is the taste in Saigon, but in the center of Vietnam, Hue or Danang, it is served in saucy pork and shrimp. Hardly extra sauce is added like in Saigon from being savory already.

    Bánh Cuốn/ Ướt: they are steamed rice crêpes. Ướt being served with no filling. Cuốn being served with a filling of minced pork and woodear mushrooms. Both are served with herbs, cucumber and nuoc cham.

    Bún Riêu/ Canh Bún/ Bún Đỏ: They have a similar broth in common, made from pork bones and tomato wedges, with some “floating” mixed crab and meat loaf. Other toppings include tofu cubes. Some venders also serve it with octopus or snails, but not all do. What differs bun rieu and canh bun is the noodle size. Bún Đỏ, however, is originated from the city of Buon Me Thuot.

    Bún Mắm: Noodles and fish gumbo… It smells like death. In Saigon the noodles are served in broth infused with fish paste while it braises chunks of fish, and eggplants. In central Vietnam, it is like a very smelly salad because the noodles are not served with fish but boiled pork and herbs. The dressing is made of shrimp paste instead of fish paste.

    Mì Quảng: is originally from central Vietnam, but you can find it in Saigon. It is a bowl of yellow rice noodles (coloured from turmeric), served to you with meat, shrimp and hard boiled quail eggs. The broth is kept at a low level from embodying very strong savory flavours.

    Hủ Tiếu Mì: Rice AND egg noodles are served in one bowl. It is normally served with meat, shrimp, quail eggs and a blood jelly. It is topped with Chinese celery leaves, fried garlic and chili. The description here is so brief because it can be done in so many ways and it is also a dish that is shared by other South East Asian countries, including Cambodia and Laos. This can be eaten dried or in a broth. If you eat it dried, the broth is only served on the side while the noodles are slightly moistened with a mixture of dark soy sauce. That’s the only difference.

    The ever so common banh mi I’m sure you heard of and can’t be bothered to really explain.

    Bánh Bao: Steamed yeast buns… you can enjoy it with char siu meat from China’s influence. But most commonly you’ll find basic seasoned porc meat with one or two quail eggs inside.

    Bò Bía/ Bò Bía Ngọt: this rolled snack shares the same po pia wrap but have different fillings. The savory one includes shredded omelette, chinese sausage, cooked jicama and lettuce. You dip it in a peanut sauce. It’s like a Chinese Vietnamese summer roll. The roll is Chinese influenced whereas the sauce seems Viet. The Bo Bia Ngot is sweet with a filling of sugar sticks, black sesame seeds, shredded coconut. It can only be found in the late afternoon or at night. Hardly ever during the day.

    Bánh Ít: Steamed rice cake with a savory mung bean filling. It is usually dressed with dried shrimp and scallion oil. You dip it in nuoc cham.

    Bánh Bột Lọc: Usually originated from hue. It is a tapioca dumpling with the filling shrimp. It can be wrapped then steamed directly, or steamed inside a banana leaf. It is served with nuoc cham, then again nothing is served without nuoc cham.

    Bánh Dày Giò: Glutonous Rice sandwich… Basically, a small piece of Vietnamese pork ham, sandwiched between soft but chewy stick rice cakes.

    Quán Ốc: Basically a restaurant where you can find a variety of bivalves and snails. It’s not takeaway food. Vietnam enjoys eating that with beer…

    Quán Nhậu: A drunken restaurant… not really. In Vietnam when we drink we dine at the same time. Finger food at bars, there’s no such things for. You drink beer and enjoy hotpot, fried rice, sauteed vegetables, sometimes a whole fish that is steamed with fermented beans and cellphane noodles, a lot of the dishes there have chinese influences perhaps.

    We are not as recognised as Thailand for fruits, but we do have some pretty damn good fruit we enjoy as smoothies or mashed in shaved ice, yogurt and condensed milk.

    I think that in Vietnam, our starchy desserts are the most colourful from tapioca balls, to stick flour dumplings filling with mung beans. We have sticky rice cooked with black eyed peas, infused in coconut water, served with coconut cream and sesame seeds, our super sweet treats are called “chè”, but dessert only are usually called tráng miệng.

    Bánh canh cua: Tapioca noodles with crab meat. Literally…

    Bánh canh cá: same thing… with fish. But it might not be as glutonous and slippery as the banh canh cua.

    Bánh canh giò heo: It’s the hủ tiếu broth served with tapioca noodles, so the broth is light as oppose to having the consistency of gravy like the banh canh cua.

    Bún Cá: Each city and province has its own spin. But the common protein is fish and fish cake. Pineapple is the sweetner in the broth though.

    Súp Cua: Mostly sold in the late afternoon or late at night, it is a street egg drop soup thickened with rice or corn flour, served with julienne crap, woodear mushroom, and a whole quail egg. It is topped with chili, fried shallots, scallions, loads.

    Mực Xào Nước Mắm: A street snack of a whole medium to small sized DRIED squid. It is flattened more than it already is so that it can be easily shredded, then is sauteed in garlic and fish sauce.

    there’s still more but I’m getting lazy and I also think you will find the french and chinese influence in a lot of the food. Don’t want to spoil everything otherwise it’s not an adventure anymore.

    • Truong M 2017-06-26 at 08:20 - Reply


      You know so much about Vietnamese food. I plan on going back soon and I would to have your recommendation. Thanks !!

    • Trevor James 2017-06-26 at 23:29 - Reply

      WOW, Cindy, that is a huge list. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, that will be a huge help!

      • Cindy 2017-06-27 at 01:42

        If anyone has needs other street snack recommendation here is another long fat list

        Cháo ếch Singapore: It is a Singaporean influence on Vietnam. A big bowl of congee based from rice AND sticky rice thickens the common Asian rice congee. It has the consistency of a bland but aromatic rice pudding. It is served with a side fo braised frogs infused with Chinese Singaporean flavours, served in a clay pot. Scoop the frog in an enjoy it with the congee.

        Cút Chiên Bơ: whole butterflies quails that are skewered, fried, and sauteed in seasonings and garlic butter. But the butter most street venders used are margarine. It is not the dairy butter most of us recognise, but it still is aromatic onced infused.

        Bắp xào: Commonly sold in the late afternoon to late at night. They are pushed/driven from one coffee shop to the next. Each vendor parks temporarily waiting for a potential customer when the authority isn’t around, they usually hang in there until there are no more orders or when they fear being charged by the police (they aren’t always around fining everyone so it doesn’t sound as intense.). If they were to hang one place for a long time, it is usually in front of schools or parks. Bap xao are glutinous corn kernels that have been removed from the cob. The kernels are separated and stirfried in margarine, seasonings, green onions and dried shrimp. It is then topped with chili sauce.

        Hột Vịt Me: the duck fetus… Yes. But it is not the duck fetus that is eaten like in other Asian countries. What they do is they push out the whole fetus with its hardened yolk out of the eggshell to stop it in a pan. It is then stirfried in a tamarind sauce and it is enjoyed with Vietnamese mint.

        Hột gà nướng: “grilled” chicken eggs. It was influenced by Thailand. When you crack the egg open it isn’t the hardboiled egg we think of. Instead it is an egg shaped, savoury custard that is grey. The process of making it is to crack the top of the egg while it is raw. What is raw is removed from the shell, mixed all together with seasonings and then pumped back in the egg. It goes into a steaming process to be fully cooked, and it is kept warm on a charcoal grill that the vendors push to sell as snacks. They are enjoyed with a dipping of citrus salt and pepper with Vietnamese Mint.

        Cháo Mực: Squid congee. This squid congee is runny and not made with fresh squid. Instead they used dried whole squid that they tear in strands to cook in the congee and infused its flavours. I do believe they also use some pork broth as braised pig skin pieces can be found (since extra squid can be expensive). It is then served with a block of blood jelly, thin ginger slices, green onions, chili sauce. You eat that with Chinese donuts too. Should you order anything extra would be a century egg.

        Bò Lá Lốt: Grilled skewered seasoned beef wrapped in wild beetle leaves. I haven’t seen much sold in Saigon lately but that Vietnamese street snack was endless in the center of Vietnam.

        Bánh Đập: Originating from the central of Vietnam… It is a thin rice crepe that is then sandwiched between two same sized cripsy rice paper… you tear it and dip it in a sauce based from shrimp paste, sweetened by pineapple juice and sour from tamarind. It’s kind of weird but tasty… Each chunk you tear is crispy rice paper sandwiching a chunk of rice crêpe. It’s a fun dish for different textures I guess.

        Whole in the wall restaurants:
        – hến xúc bánh tráng: Baby clams stirfried that you scoup to each with grilled puffed hue rice paper and enjoy with Vietnamese Mint. It is not the rice paper you use to roll the summer rolls. The rice cakes are made with sesame seeds.

        Vietnamese cơm văn phòng: Vietnamese style cafeteria lunches rice plates or takeaways with your side dishes of choice.

        Tiệm mì gia: it’s a restaurant of noodle heaven. You have egg noodles served in different style. Such as wonton noodles, noodles with char siu meat, Sui cao noodles (a dumpling that wraps a bit of pork willing with a whole shrimp, mì (noodle) vịt (duck) tiềm (herbal spiced broth).

        Bột Chiên: fried cubed rice cakes that is served with shredded pappaya and a side sauce of sweet soy vinegar sauce and chili.

  9. William Lin 2017-06-26 at 01:09 - Reply

    Hi Trevor James, do you love sea food? Well if you do you should come to Fuzhou. I am currently in America, but you should go and try the food in my home.

  10. Steven Nguyen 2017-06-26 at 01:07 - Reply

    Hey Trevor, I have family in Nha Trang and you should definitely try Banh Canh there at night after an afternoon of swimming by the beach. Also don’t forget the sugarcane juice!

  11. Luong Tran 2017-06-26 at 00:54 - Reply

    Hi Trevor i lived in Saigon for a long time ago, i really love watching your videos but honestly I don’t know much about Hanoi, if you go to Saigon perhaps the first dishes you should try is Banh trang tron. Vietnamese people enjoy eating so much, you don’t worry it is sold everywhere. The second dishes is Phở, it’s so nice and delicious. Oh i forgot that Cơm Tấm as good as Phở if you want to try all of them you should go to district 1,5,6 or 10

    • Luong Tran 2017-06-26 at 00:58 - Reply

      You must be becareful the bandits in here they usually rob their belongings

  12. Trung 2017-06-26 at 00:47 - Reply

    Traveling with a local that you trust is the best way if you wana explore Vietnamese street foods. Not only they know where have the best street food but also you and Ting can avoid getting trouble with street sellers or pay much more for something ( most of foreigners will get this trouble ).

  13. Alberto Lin 2017-06-26 at 00:43 - Reply

    Most famous food near my home are:

    1. Tiny oyster omelette (Hàu chiên trứng – in Vietnamese). Address: 128 Phung Hung Street (at the crossroads of Phung Hung and Hai Thuong Lan Ong streets), Ward 13, District 5, HoChiMinh City, from about 6pm to midnight. You will find a Chinese Fried Dough next to them, in the picture linked below.


    2. Satay Noodle with Venison, at “Hung Phat Noodle” . Address: 45 Go Cong Street, Ward 13 District 5, HoChiMinh City. From about 7am to noon.

    Notice: There also have several Satay Noodle near around, specially “To Ky Noodle” (they have 3 store near around). But in my opition, “Hung Phat Noodle” have the best Satay Noodle. “To Ky Noodle” will be open to near midnight.

    3. Sương Sáo (some kind like Jelly, but have shiny black color, i forgot the Chinese name), at Gia Phu Street, just 2 or 3 minutes walking from Hung Phat Noodle. There will be to place sell this, on the left side. The second one, if you walk from Hung Phat Noodle will be better, in my opion.

    Another great food locations are District 3, at Ban Co area and Ho Thi Ky Market, between District 1 and 10 (it’s a flower market but have tons of good food), which you should visit.

    Another great dish you should try is Rice soup. Rice soup cooked with many thing inside of a pig (Vietnamese name is Cháo Lòng) Address: 153 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, Phạm Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HoChiMinh City, or at any market you found; the second is Rice Soup cooked with duck, at 118-120 Bình Quới Street, Ward 27, Bình Thạnh District, HoChiMinh City, this is must must try dish and only at this location.

    i think that’s it for today. Still many many delicious food in HoChiMinh City. But i think some of them are from another place around Vietnam. So hope you and your wife have a good and ‘delicious’ trip. I will give another food places next days.

    • Trevor James 2017-06-26 at 23:26 - Reply

      Hi Alberto! Thank you very much for these awesome recommendations!

  14. Paulee 2017-06-26 at 00:36 - Reply

    My favorite Dish in Vietnam is called “bún thịt nướng”- “Bun with grilled meat”. In North Vietnam its bit different to the south and its called “Bún chả”. Both style are amazing, but different!
    Please Try one of the most popular Soup from the South Vietnam called “Hủ tiếu”. Its a must eaten thing. The soup is with pork, shirmps… Hủ Tiếu in Mỹ tho is very famous. Ask someone from My Tho.

    Summerrolls: Chả cuốn with Nước mắm (fish sauce) or Mắm nêm (stinky fishsauce, i love this one)
    Hotpot/ very common: Lẩu bò (with Beef), Lẩu bò from “giáo Toàn” (name of the shop) in Thủ Đức/ Ho chi minh city is very known for his Lẩu bò. But you will find it in saigon of course.
    Soup with crab meat, blood and Tofu: – Bún riêu. – Very, very nice soup.
    Bun noodles from Hue: – Bún bò Huế. – Its a nice beef soup.
    Rice Soup with Duck Salad: – Cháo gỏi vịt. – Its a common dish, when people come together, have some beer and talking to each other.

    If you are in one of the Rice Shop called “Quán ăn cơm”. You should order: Thịt kho (cooked pork belly) and Cải chua (pickles). <– my favorite rice dish. A lot of peoples are cooking that at home.


  15. Sha 2017-06-26 at 00:25 - Reply

    Er.. Uh.. In my opinion, you can try eating Vietnam Pan cake ( Banh xeo – 46A Dinh Cong Trang, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, HCMC )
    + Snail – ( Xuan Hon – 43 Le Thi Bach Cat, Ward 13, District 11, HCMC)
    + Sweet gruel ( Ky Dong – 16C Ky Dong, Ward 9, District 3, HCMC)
    And maybe “Tofu rice vermicelli (noodles) with shrimp paste” ( 46 Cao Ba Nha, Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, HCMC). Haha, I don’t think you can’t stand smell of it. English isn’t my first language, so please excuse any mistakes
    Welcome to Vietnam!

  16. Bao Chau 2017-06-26 at 00:18 - Reply

    Hello I have some recommendations for you where to eat in Hanoi , hope you will visit all of it . 🙂
    – phở thìn ( highly recommended; one of the best Pho restaurant in HN) 13 Lò Đúc street
    – Bún chả Hương Liên 24 Lê Văn Hưu Street ( Grilled pork with rice vẻmicelli )
    – Phở xào bắp bò 11 Hàng Buồm street ( open from 6pm-10:30pm) is basically stir-fried Pho with beef and bok choy
    – Bún riêu cua ( crab noodle soup )
    – Bánh cuốn ( steamed rice rolls with minced pork ) 81 Lê Văn Hưu street
    – Bánh mì 25 Hàng Cá street
    – Bún Thuỷ ( pork ribs, pork meat balls vermicelli noodles )
    128D Trần Nhật Duật street
    – Bún cá ( Fried fish noodle soup ) 5 Trung Yên lane , Đinh Liệt Street
    – Mì vằn thắn ( wonton egg noodles) 9 Đinh Liệt Street
    – Bún Ngan Long Dung 23 Nguyễn Du street ( Duck rice vermicelli noodle soup )
    – Bún bò Nam Bộ ( Stir-fried beef and rice vermicelli salad )67 Hàng Điếu street
    – Miến lươn ( Crispy fried eels with vermicelli noodles soup) 87 Hàng Điếu
    – Chả cá Thăng Long (Marinated fried fish with rice vermicelli and lots of green onions and dills and shrimp paste dipping sauce , really tasty) 19-21 Đường Thành street
    – Vietnamese dessert : Chè 16 Lê Văn Hưu street
    – Cơm 123 ( best grilled chicken rice and bbq pork ribs rice in Hanoi ) 55 Phố Huế street

    Ha ha , hopefully I can meet you at any of the restaurant that I’ve recommended, that would be really happy. Try all of it man he he.

    • Trevor James 2017-06-26 at 23:16 - Reply

      Hey Bao Chau, wow, that is really an amazing list, thank you so much for all of these top notch recommendations. I’ve made them a priority!

  17. Palvin Do 2017-06-26 at 00:05 - Reply

    If u come to Hanoi, you obviously should try the Vietnamese Fried Meat Buns on 242 Lac Long Quan str. It’s one of the best street food in VN.

  18. Chad 2017-06-26 at 00:03 - Reply

    Hey, Trevor and Ting Ting. Super stoked for you guys to head over to Vietnam. This is just my take from my 2.5 weeks. In Hanoi, here are a few suggestions:

    1. Bun Bo Nam Bo – Rice noodles with beef, the soup comes slightly shallow. It reminds me of the Thai dish, beef boat noodles. Look for the blue awning on Hang Dieu Street. This place is small and cheap.

    2. Cha Ca Thang Long – You’ll find this on Duong Thang Street. A pot of catfish and spices thrown on a fire in front of you. Add vegetables, peanuts, and chilies for an extraordinary flavor. A fantastic experience and presentation. It’s also in a room with AC and the price for me was still good.

    3. Beer Corner – While drinking is a popular attraction here, you will see many locals and travelers sitting on little colorful chairs and eating this centered feature of a hot pot with a variety of skewers to choose from. Make sure to venture through a 3 square block full of all sorts of dishes.

    4. Hang Dao Street – It’s the street night market that starts at the popular roundabout (where you’d find KFC, Dunkin Donuts, and Domino’s Pizza. While most of the stuff you see from the south end of the market is all toys and souvenirs , you will see more food stalls toward the back and as you approach the “Beer Corner”. I remember the area being well lit so you may not have a problem filming.

    4. Quan An Ngon – While this is not true true street food as the prices are higher, the owner supposedly found the “best” street food vendors and brought them to this food court style restaurant. You would order at the table and may walk around to each stall to see it being made.

    5. Ban Mi 25 – On Hang Ca Street. Just a food cart with some good ol’ Vietnamese sandwiches.

    Of course, you must try the pho noodle soup dish as it is different from how it’s sold in North America. As opposed to what I am used to in California which is pho accompanied by basil, beansprouts, onions, and coriander/cilantro; the dish in Hanoi has a clearer broth and garnished simply with onions and green onions. I found an elderly lady and her husband carrying her payload of steamy pho soup and components on a bamboo stick in the backpacker alleyways.

    Enjoy the trip. All of us are looking forward to seeing you guys conquer another street food haven. Cheers!

    • Trevor James 2017-06-26 at 19:15 - Reply

      Hey Chad, awesome list and thank you so much for sharing these spots. That’s a huge help!

  19. Tram Luu 2017-06-26 at 00:03 - Reply

    Hi Trevor, I’m a big fan of yours and a Hanoian too. For your upcomming trip to Vietnam, I hope that you will spent a lot of tasting time in Hanoi. And this is my recommendation for ya.

    1. Pho ( with beef )
    10 Ly Quoc Su Str.
    this is one of the best and famous pho restaurant in Hanoi

    2. Bun Cha
    Ngo Tram Str.
    So sorry that I don’t remember the full address, but there only 1 bun cha restaurant there. Beside, the street is short, so it will be easy for u to find the place. People usually eat bun cha for their lunch, so this place will only open until 2pm.

    3. Xoi ( Sticky Rice )
    Xôi Yến – 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Str
    or Xôi bà Thảo – 41 Duong Thanh Str.

    4. Cha ca La Vong ( grilled fish )
    14 Cha Ca Str
    this dish is amazingg !

    5. Banh Cuon and Bun Thang
    You can find both dishes in 12 Hang Ga Str.

    6. Che ( traditional vietnamese dessert )
    1 Hang Bo Str
    I have eaten in here since the first grade.

    7. Egg Coffee
    You can try it at Dinh Coffee or Giang Cofee, they both make the coffee in a creamy and sweet way.
    If u dont like sweerm, You also can try it at The Note Coffee ( 64 Luong Van Can Str ), they make egg cofee more in latte style. Moreover, this is a coffee with full of sticky note from the people of all over the world, so it will be super fun to explore.

    All these restaurants above are all in the Old Quarter areas of Hanoi, so its kind of near each others, but make sure u check the map before going. If u lost, just freely to ask the local, they will show u the way. And the most important things is be careful about the price, the people of Hanoi is friendly, but sometimes they also tricky, they may increase the price just because you’re the foreigner.

    Hope my recommendation is useful for your trip, just have fun and enjoy your time here 🙂

  20. Ngoc Diep 2017-06-26 at 00:00 - Reply

    I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, I hope that I can see you and Ting in my city.

  21. Yan Haas 2017-06-25 at 23:56 - Reply

    I lived in Da Nang for 2 years, i travelled in SEA a lot and this city is definitely one of my favorite cities, the city is beautiful, clean and friendly people everywhere. So imo Da Nang & Hoi An, is a must do!


    • Trevor James 2017-06-26 at 18:58 - Reply

      Thanks so much for that tip Yan!!! I would love to go to Danang!

  22. Ngoc Diep 2017-06-25 at 23:55 - Reply

    I am Vietnamese and I really like your channel, you should try Bun rieu cua ( Vietnamese Crab noodle) on 3/2 street, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City is the best.
    This is the specific address: 1284/2 – 1284/3, 3 Tháng 2 Street, District 11, HCM City.

  23. Dean 2017-06-25 at 23:54 - Reply

    Hey if you can make the trip and you are in the area defiantly make some time for Hoi An. It is a lovely place with French colonial architecture (from the French occupation of Vietnam), plus all the usual great stuff like food markets, attractions and most importantly restaurants. Hope you are able to visit Hoi An on your trip.

  24. Lev Nguyen 2017-06-25 at 23:39 - Reply

    Hey Trevor,

    I really love your content on youtube! I live in the Netherlands and I’m also going to Vietnam. I’ll arrive at 5th Juli in Hanoi and will leave at 14th of August from HCMC.

    I never had the chance to go on a big trip, you inspired me to go. My mission in Vietnam is to eat every dish in every places.

    Many people recommended me places like Halong bay and mekong delta. Vietnamese cuisine is all about the freshness. Try to find fresh fish and delicious pho.
    Can’t wait for more videos!

    Ps the other comments will also be handy for me 🙂

  25. Mr Tran 2017-06-25 at 23:33 - Reply

    Hi Travor!
    It is great to hear you come to Vietnam. It is my hometown, with its longstanding culture, excellent cuisine, extremely varied. I watched a lot of videos on your channel, they are really great, you have a very interesting job. Wish you health, good luck and do not forget to share the latest experience!

  26. Alex Stevenson 2017-06-25 at 23:31 - Reply

    Hey Trevor,

    I’m friends with Kyle Le and also a YouTuber. He mentioned you guys were friends a few times when he was still out in Vietnam.

    Hit me up if you want me to show you around HCMC.

    My instagram is: @ninja_teacher

  27. Thai Son Tran 2017-06-25 at 23:24 - Reply

    You should definitely go to Ho Chi Minh city (aka Sai Gon), it is the capital of Vietnamese food, foods from all areas of Vietnam are packed in this city: Phở, bún bò Huế (spicy beef noodle soups), hủ tiếu (noodle soup with pork, liver, prawn… this soup noodle is the best dish Gordon Ramsay has ever eaten as he said in Master Chef) and Bánh mì (kinda hamburger but a lot fresher and more flavored, also very famous) and many many kinds of street food

    Beside that, you should also try Bún chả (barbecue pork served with boiled fish sauce) in Ha Noi city, Ho Chi Minh city also has this but not as good as Ha Noi’s one.

  28. Phạm Ngọc Bích 2017-06-25 at 23:19 - Reply

    Balut, combo bánh xèo & nem lụi, chuối nếp nướng & súp óc heo (can only find in the South), phở sốt vang, phở chiên phồng, bún bò Huế, bún cá, bánh đa cua, đuông dừa, cơm Tấm (better in the South), traditional Vietnamese meal, bánh cuốn, phở cuốn, hủ tiếu, bún riêu, chả cá Lã Vọng…
    (copy and right click search google for each dish)

  29. Bao 2017-06-25 at 23:17 - Reply

    Hey Trevor,
    Other comments have cover quite wells things you should try in Hanoi.
    If you are looking for some thing slightly more bizarre, you should have some ba ba.
    It’s a type of turtle that is usually cooked two ways.
    This is a stew with green banana
    The other way is deep fried
    It’s really delicious.

  30. Anonymous 2017-06-25 at 23:07 - Reply

    Hey Trevor, the Southern Vietnam food tends to be quite sweet. I’m from the North so the food there can be quite hard for me to eat since the Northern food has a really deep flavor of spices to every dish. If you’re a fan of the heat, which you are, go to the center of Vietnam, the food there is rich, and definitely has some heat going on. Btw, in Hanoi, i suggest you go to the Old Quarter as there are a ton of authentic food there, plus in the weekend, there are walking street, they are usually just normal traffic, but in the weekend they don’t allow any transports going through.

  31. Maybelle 2017-06-25 at 23:02 - Reply

    Hi Hi!

    There are 2 really amazing food that i had at Hanoi. Both locations are near to Hanoi Serene Hotel.

    1) Bun Cha
    – its at the corner of Hanoi Serene Hotel (about 2 mins walk). The small eatery is by the roadside and they do their cooking outside the shop. Please order the crab roll too! You’ll never regret!

    67 Duong Thanh Street | Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

    2) Beef Pho
    – it’s a few minutes walk away from the Bun Cha shop. It’s usually really very packed. I’ve waited for 2 seats for about 20mins to 30mins. The chili paste/sauce is amazing.

    10 Ly Quoc Su Street | corner of Chan Cam St, Hanoi, Vietnam

  32. Nath 2017-06-25 at 23:00 - Reply

    Tips for when travelling in Vietnam!
    1. In Saigon don’t be surprised when there’s one whole street of one specific food! It’s hard to tell which one is good so make sure to ask a local.
    2. When in Nha Trang or around the coastal areas, you MUST try the seafood! It’s cheap, fresh, tasty and you can pick them yourself.
    3. It’s easy to get ripped off as a tourist if you can’t speak Vietnamese but if you read the signs carefully and check your money you’ll probably be all goods!
    4. Street vendors are the best way to get the best food so make sure to try everything that looks tasty!
    5. If you like your coffee sweet and creamy then be sure to start your morning with a hot cup of Vietnamese coffee!

    I’m half Viet-Chinese and I live in Australia but I visit Vietnam from time to time and it’s really a bustling city! The food is great and you really gain a lot of weight. Just can’t get used to people turning their heads and asking me where I come from the moment I speak English Haha (probably the most asked phrase I’ve gotten in my life). I hope you have a great time in Vietnam and eat good food!!

  33. Anonymous 2017-06-25 at 22:56 - Reply


    Pho noodles
    Com Tam
    Banh gio dumling
    Banh mi sandwich
    Mixed rice paper
    Shaked mango
    Xoi man
    Bo Kho(Vietnamese version of beef ragu)
    Banh cuon(Vietnamese version of changfen)
    Banh xeo(turmeric crepe with stuffs inside)
    Fish sauce fried chicken
    Sour fish hotpot(canh chua ca)
    Goi cuon(rolled salad)
    Hue style beef rice noodles
    Vietnamese cendol
    Cao lau noodles
    Street ice cream
    Chinese food in Saigon’s Chinatown
    Vietnamese curry
    Spring rolls
    Deep-fried bananas

  34. Thanh thuy 2017-06-25 at 22:55 - Reply

    Hi I’m a big fan of your . I live in Lang Son where there is a border gate connecting to China. Where I live there is a lot of delicious food for example, noodles roll,wonton noodle,phở, beef noodlesetc. I hope that one day you can visit Lang Son and personally I will show you the best food here. PS If your appetite is suited for Hong Kong then you should go to the south because the southern food is quite sweet and is not suitable for northern food that is less sweet and tastes more salty (Lang Son in the northen)

  35. FM 2017-06-25 at 22:54 - Reply

    Hi Trevor,
    Cool place on Hoan Kiem lake in Ha Noi called Café Dinh. Google maps will give you the location.

    Its a little adventure to get into. There’s a tiny balcony for two which overlooks the street. You can get a nice egg coffee here.

    Best of luck!

  36. Jonathan Lam 2017-06-25 at 22:52 - Reply

    Trevor, how about North Korean Restaurant in HCMC?


  37. Ronald Weeezzly 2017-06-25 at 22:51 - Reply

    Hey Food Ranger, I heard you visiting Vietnam! OMG! You should be visiting the famous float market is Quận Cái Răng( Tooth district) in Can Tho .There tons of food to eat especially “pho” and they are very delicious too.

  38. Dao Tran 2017-06-25 at 22:49 - Reply

    Hi Trevor, I’m Vietnamese and live in Hanoi. I’m very excited that you decided to come to Vietnam. There are definitely lots of food |I think you should try but it’s hard to list them all out. So I think it’s better if you check out this video from Erwan (a Fillipino utuber). His video about Hanoi is the best one I’ve seen so far and he included pretty much what you should experience in Hanoi as a traveler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Ge4MtsLXA&index=5&list=PLlaLRniCHL9S7Jva6MlVA8Y7u6lkr5AY9&t=613s
    For the chicken Pho that he mentioned, the correct address is 77 Quan Thanh Street though. And you also should try Cha Ca La Vong too. Hope it’s helpful to you and have fun in Vietnam. If you even need a local tourguide, you can always shoot me an email.

  39. Y&S FOOD! 2017-06-25 at 22:46 - Reply

    Suggestion for Hanoi:

    Banh Mi – Banh Mi 25 – 25 Hàng Cá, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Pho Bo – Pho Thin, 13 Lò Đúc, Phạm Đình Hồ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi – Vietnam

    Bun Cha – Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Lê Văn Hưu, Phạm Đình Hồ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi – Vietnam

    Vietnamese BBQ – Bo Nuong Xuan Xuan – 47 Ma May Street, Old Town – Hanoi Vietnam

  40. lam huu 2017-06-25 at 22:43 - Reply

    hey bro! if you come to hanoi. please contact me, i will take you to eat some famous food in hanoi
    my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rua.lep
    my tell: 0904 686 653
    have a nice trip bro!!!!!

  41. Ltm 2017-06-25 at 22:40 - Reply

    My recommendation in Hanoi
    Morning: breakfast with Phở in Old quarter ( pho Sướng or Pho Bát Đàn) then move to Egg coffee in Cafe Giảng in Nguyễn Hữu Huân street. Nice way to start a day with national dish and locally famous drink.
    Lunch: 1. Bún Chả, there are a lot of options, some quite famous in tourist websites, some are only among locals.
    2. Chả cá lã vọng: nice experience of one of the renowned dishes in Hanoi
    Afternoon: light meal with Bún Ốc or Nộm bò khô. You could find them in Old quarter street food stands.
    Dinner: Invite me, I will show you, lol. Kidding. Tons of options, You will find when walk around. Good luck! Have fun.

  42. Minh 2017-06-25 at 22:39 - Reply

    Hi Trevor ;D I’m glad to hear that u are coming to Vietnam. You definitely need to try some Vietnamese noodles such as: Bún riêu (crab noodles), Bún hến (clam noodles), Bún bò (beef noodles)… and yes don’t forget to try Vietnamese banh mi and pho when you come to Hanoi!. Some popular street food in Ho Chi Minh city you need to try are Bánh xèo, súp cua (crab soup), bún thịt nướng (grilled pork noodles), gỏi cuốn… also, if you love seafood you should visit Nha Trang too. it’s a great place with awesome seafood restaurants. (I’m from Nha Trang but live in HCM city) If you need some suggestions just tell me. I would love to help you 😀

  43. Nikolai Høwisch Hansen 2017-06-25 at 22:35 - Reply

    So stoked for the vietnam series Trevor! I have a request that you just gotta try.
    Like the douzhi and durians, theres a traditional delicacy called balut (chicken embryo), which most people either hate or love!
    Like always thanks for these awesome food and travel videos!

  44. Cong 2017-06-25 at 22:35 - Reply

    Try “ốc”, James.

    We have many kinds of dish with “ốc”. Not similar with other dishes like “phở”, “bún chả”, “bún bò Huế”; dish with “ốc” will be different in different region.

    “bánh cuốn” and “bún chả” are also most two recommendations in Hanoi.

    Have a nice trip!

  45. Alid Abdul 2017-06-25 at 22:31 - Reply

    I went to Vietnam last year and drop by at Giang Cafe in Hanoi to taste the legendary egg coffee in there.

    In Ho Chi Minh City try Benh Tanh Market. Inside there’s lot of food stall. It’s just like your style doing street food and get lost in the road.

    Vietnam is wonderful.

  46. Anonymous 2017-06-25 at 22:30 - Reply

    I’m Vietnamese but have never been to Vietnam before. My Grandma cooks one of my favourite spicy soup dishes called Bún bò Huế, you have to try it in Vietnam! Can’t wait for your upcoming videos!

  47. Nigel Sng 2017-06-25 at 22:26 - Reply

    Hi Trevor

    Please try the best banh mi phuong in Hoi An.

    2B Phan Châu Trinh, Minh An, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam


    Its one of the best sandwich I have tried too!

    Hope you get to visit Hoi An and enjoy yourself

  48. Bao Do 2017-06-25 at 22:19 - Reply

    U should go to Hue, the origin of bun bo hue. It is a really good and different from Pho.

    Btw are you using the Panasonic GH5 for your vids?

    And cheers from Canada!

    • Trevor James 2017-06-25 at 22:25 - Reply

      Thanks a lot for the recommendation. Yep, I just got the GH5!! It’s pretty sweet!

  49. Kelvin 2017-06-25 at 22:11 - Reply

    Hi, I’m a big fan of your channel. I live in Hanoi and off the top of my head you should definitely try the “Pho” here. I reckon it’s the most authentic here. You can find Pho everywhere in Hanoi but there’s a particularly famous joint at 13 Lo Duc St. The “Bun Cha” (BBQ Pork with rice vermicelli) restaurant that Obama ate in is very near by also.

    • Trevor James 2017-06-25 at 22:15 - Reply

      Hi Kelvin, thanks a lot for the recommended spot!! Sounds awesome!!

  50. Kelly Le 2017-06-25 at 22:07 - Reply

    Some of my favorite street snacks is banh trang tron which is cut up dry rice paper mixed with spices, shrimp infused salt and herbs. You definitely need to look out for items made with tamarind too. I had a really good snack of quail “balut” stir fried in tamarind. And ox tail hot pot is also good. I ate most of these in Saigon and Hoc Mon. Unfortunately don’t know locations. You should definitely go to Cho Ben Thanh in Saigon to look around.

    • Kelly Le 2017-06-25 at 22:11 - Reply

      I almost forgot, you should hit up Da Lat. They’re known for spicy food which I know you love!

      • Trevor James 2017-06-25 at 22:15

        Thank you very much for the recommendations Kelly! Sounds great!

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