June 19, 2019

8 Delicious Vietnamese Breakfast Dishes


  • 1. Bánh mì


As a dish formed from the French colonial period, but with the creativity of Vietnamese people, they have created a very unique and attractive Vietnamese bread that cannot be denied. No matter how simple it is, still, it presents in all regions of Vietnam, each region has a certain difference.

Specifically, bread can be served with eggs, pate, scallops, spring rolls, shredded chicken, herbs, etc.  In some areas, there are strange variations such as filtered bread, fish cakes, etc. In addition, the price of noodles is also very popular, averaging from 10 to 20 thousand, you have good quality Bánh Mì to start the day.


Bánh mì

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  •  2. Xôi - Sticky rice


As popular as Bánh Mì, Xôi is another traditional and common choice in the morning. 

Sticky rice with many generations of Vietnamese people. Sticky rice is also simply processed, and has different variations depending on each region, each region, and each person's taste. But in general, sticky rice is divided into 2 types: “xôi mặn" and sweet sticky rice.

About “xôi mặn”, it is now more diversified with many kinds of food servings such as meat, eggs, pork, fried chicken.

Sticky rice is always an easy dish to eat, easy to fill, and extremely close to Vietnamese people. Street vendors along the streets of Ho Chi Minh are still a cultural feature of Vietnamese, and sticky rice has become a memory of every Vietnamese person.

Xôi - Sticky rice


  • 3. Bánh cuốn


Bánh cuốn is coated from rice flour with characteristics of soft, thin layers. Bánh cuốn can be coated from non-dough and then added a thin onion fat on the dipping sauce and fish sauce will make it delicious enough that you will never forget.

But the most popular is the hot rolls with the minced meat core. Buns in the North can be eaten with rolls, rolls or grilled meat, while rolls in the South can be eaten with sausages, sour spring rolls, and some herbs.


Bánh cuốn

  •  4. Phở


The most famous and popular dish in Vietnam is pho. Beginning in the morning with a bowl of fragrant pho, steaming and smoking is a habit of many people. Pho in North and South Vietnam has a distinct difference, especially with the spices.

Pho is a traditional dish of Vietnam, and can also be considered as one of the most typical dishes for Vietnamese cuisine. The main ingredients of pho are rice noodle soup and broth along with sliced ​​beef or chicken. In addition, there are also spices such as: soy sauce, pepper, lemon, fish sauce, chili, etc. These spices are added depending on the taste of each user.

 Pho is usually used as a breakfast dish, or for dinner. In the Southern provinces of Vietnam, pho is presented with additional ingredients such as herbs, onions, bean sprouts, the leaves of coriander and basil, in which coriander is the typical leaf of pho. Pho is usually beef noodle soup, but also chicken noodle soup, pork noodle soup, shrimp noodle soup, etc.

The broth is generally made by stewing beef bones, the meat used for pho is beef or chicken and spices include cinnamon, anise, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coriander seeds, etc.



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  • 5. Bun Bo Hue


As a typical dish of Hue but recently, Hue beef bun has become a popular dish in many regions of Vietnam. Hue beef noodle soup is well cooked and quality, a vermicelli bowl will consist of pork rolls, prawn rolls, pig's blood and eat a part of generous vegetables.

The standard Hue beef noodle bowl can confuse you because of the excessive amount of food, especially the big pork roll. But in return, the meal left over to provide energy for a busy morning.


Bun Bo Hue


  • 6. Mì Quảng


In Quang Nam, nothing is more popular than Mì Quảng. This dish is even preferred to the extent that almost all Quang Nam people know how to cook it. Mì Quảng is quite diverse in taste and its servings, Mì Quảng with chicken, fish or even frog. Like many typical dishes of the Central people, Mì Quảng is mixed, the amount of water used in each bowl is very small and the amount of vegetables is very large.

Unlike Pho, “Mi Quang" broth is dense and juicy from all kinds of ingredients. The broth of noodles is very little, never fully submerged, so it looks very harmonious and beautiful.

Currently, Mi Quang is listed in the list of 12 Vietnamese dishes that are recognized for Asian culinary values. This is a dish that is both rustic and typical of the people of Quang Nam.

Mì Quảng


  • 7. Hủ tiếu


Hủ tiếu is always perfect for breakfast. If in the North, phở is preferred, then in the South will be Hủ tiếu. The vermicelli is believed to have originated from Cambodia but now there are many interesting variations, such as jasmine rice noodles, beef noodle soup or the most famous rice noodle soup in Hủ tiếu Nam Vang. The long string of sweet noodles with sweetened broth is really the favorite start of Saigon people.

This dish uses the main ingredients of noodle soup made from rice, broth cooked from pork intestines and minced meat, adding minced meat, chives, bean sprouts, beef balls, black sauce, chili sauce, etc. This is a familiar and typical dish in the culinary culture of the Southern people. 

This dish originates from Cambodia, but is cooked by the Tiều people - an ethnic group who migrated from China. This dish is associated with the name Hu Tieu Nam Vang (another name for the capital of Cambodia) and has been transmitted to many different countries and regions such as China, Singapore, Thailand, and the South of Vietnam. 

In Vietnam, Hu Tieu is especially developed in the South, especially in Saigon, and has become an indispensable culinary feature of this land since the 50s.

Hủ tiếu

  • 8. Cơm tấm


Usually, people only eat rice for meals, but Saigon people have a hobby of eating rice for breakfast. Unlike sticky rice, broken rice is placed in a long row with a bowl of rice and is often accompanied by a piece of grilled pork ribs, a piece of egg patties, little wrappers, and fried eggs with a bowl of soup. Even more interesting, besides breakfast, Saigon people can eat rice for lunch, or dinner.

Although there are many names in different regions, the ingredients and processing methods of the above dish are almost the same.

A plate of broken rice is usually served with a cup of fish sauce and a cup of soup, on the top of the plate will be a piece of grilled ribs and onion.

Cơm Tấm when served will be displayed on a plate or box if purchased. To scoop food, use a spoon and fork, but only the Southern people often use it, while the Central and Northern people are not used to using forks, so local restaurants will often have extra chopsticks for easy handling.

Cơm tấm

Besides the dishes that introduced below, Vietnamese has a lot of specialties, such as: “súp cua", “bánh bèo, “bánh lọc", etc. It can be seen that the Vietnamese Cuisines are very diverse. Hope that with the article: 8 common Vietnamese Dishes, you can find and choose one for your breakfast. 

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