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1. Posted by henhen (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi! Im soon to be in Vietnam. How is the food? Is it westernised with mcdonalds etc like thailand and with street food?

Any comments welcome. Thankyou

2. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Vietnamese food is delicious, as is their coffee .Yes you will find a large variety of western food everywhere in Vietnam.Iam on my way back there in 6 days time,Hope you enjoy it as much as I do;)Happy Holiday

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

I thought the food in Vietnam was outstanding - the best in South East Asia. Alot of the influence is French, with croissants, coffee and baguettes available as well as Vietnamese.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

The only western food you should eat there is breakfast because the Vietnamese are some of the best cooks in Asia. I was also surprised to find every other ethnic food available too, from Indian to Mexican. No McDonald's yet, but they do have KFC. One thing they could improve on is their ice cream, but you can get outstanding gelato in Hanoi.

I really miss some of the things I had there like fresh sugarcane juice and fresh mango juice. I had fruit shakes at least once a day (pineapple is great). Wait till you try Vietnamese coffee - every bit as good as Italian. I did not try Bia Hoi (fresh beer) but I'm going back soon.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 1, 2008, at 10:16 PM by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

The coffee is an acquired taste - though one you strangly get used to very quickly! Which reminds me l brought some home with me

I can only reiterate what everyone else has said the Vietnamese food is very good. There are street vendors obviously too, and tiny cafe/restaurants on every corner.

McDonalds havent inflitrated yet though there are KFCs. Further up the coast in Nha Trang and Mui Ne the sea food was delicious. There is one restaurant in Mui Ne next door to the surf shop - cannot remember its name - but it was fantastic the prawns were perfect! In Nha Trang you will find street vendors cooking up lobster along the beach and although l didnt try it looked quite appetising!

6. Posted by linhhuchon (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Vietnamese food is different from region to region. The traditional food can be found in Hanoi while some western influenced can be found in Saigon. If you get to Hue don't miss the unique Royal dinner (you can book in Imperial hotel or Huong Giang hotel)