In the past 7 years Culinary Tours offering delicious Vietnamese food have become the top rated and recommended tours to do in Vietnam. vietnamese food enthusiasts like Anthony Bourdain, Luke Nguyen, and Gordon Ramsey have helped push Vietnamese food and culinary techniques into the spotlight in pop culture. This has led to vietnamese food tours offering Vietnamese food from some of the best known culinary regions in Vietnam to become widely known and recommended.
If you were to look on Trip Advisor today, you would see food tours at the top of every major city tour recommendations, including yours truly, Back of the Bike Tours offering Food Tours and Culinary Tour experiences for every traveler. Each City is able to offer its own culinary and food tour experience because Vietnamese food is so diverse. The big three cities with some strong culinary and food diversity would be Ha Noi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City.
In the Northern part of Vietnam is where you can find Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam. Also one of the greatest food cities in Vietnam. Culinary experiences in cities across the world are of course influenced by the local landscape and what grows in that area naturally. Ha Noi will experience a wet and cold time during the months of October-March which has influenced the types of dishes you see in the North of Vietnam compared to other parts of the country which do not have these cold periods of the year. Vietnam Food Tours in Hanoi will want to show off the flavors of Vietnam and Hanoi, which tends to be slightly saltier and “heavier” than what you see in the rest of the country. Most vietnamese food tours located in Hanoi will offer Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, and Xoi to offer travelers the chance to experience culinary delights that are specific to Northern Vietnam.
If you are a fan of Anthony Bourdain then you might have recently seen an episode where he ate a Hanoi Classic called Bun Cha with then United States President, Barak Obama. An order of 1 Bun Cha and 2 beers has actually been lovingly called the Obama Special as a marketing ploy among Bun Cha restaurants throughout Vietnam. Bun Cha can be roughly translated into rice noodles with a pork patty. While this is accurate, it doesn’t quite describe the beloved Vietnamese dish that well. Bun Cha requires a ground pork patty and sliced pork from the shoulder or belly that has been marinated with lemon grass and fish sauce to be grilled over an open flame. This grilled pork will be mixed with a nice “broth” that is a mixture of water, rice vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and pickles. The broth and pork will be placed over rice noodles and fresh herbs in a bowl. To add even more pleasure to this already amazing vietnamese food classic, we can have fried spring rolls on the side that we will dip into the sweet and sour broth.
Hanoi food tours will often offer dishes known as Xoi and Banh Cuon. Xoi is known as sticky rice, and this Vietnamese dish can be meaty and salty which is expected for this culinary region of Vietnam. The Vietnamese Sticky Rice will be placed into a bowl with your choice of meat and sauce to cover the top of the rice. On most vietnamese food tours offered in Ha Noi they will offer another dish called Banh Cuon. The rough translation for this dish is rolled cake, but it is much more than that featuring Jicama, Pork, and Mushrooms rolled in a steamed sheet of rice and tapioca flour. The Vietnamese roll is cut up and served with a sweet fish sauce.
Moving further down to the central part of Vietnam we come across an culinary food tour region known for featuring spicier culinary delights and a lot of seafood on their Vietnam Food Tours. This culinary region like most of Vietnam is very close to beautiful beaches which means an emphasis on vietnamese food that is light, spicy, and packed full of seafood. We will give a recommendation from each one of these cities located in the central part of Vietnam.
The rich culinary and cultural history of Hue, Vietnam is well documented through the ages. This beautiful small quiet town is a can’t miss during your trip to Vietnam. There are a few dishes that come from Hue, Vietnam that are known as being the best Vietnamese Culinary creations in the history of vietnamese food. This is always of course in the eye of the beholder, but we will discuss some of the great vietnamese foods coming from Hue such as Bun Bo Hue.
No matter where you are in Vietnam on a culinary tour the tour operator is probably offering a Vietnamese dish called Bun Bo Hue. As you can tell by the name, this culinary treat comes from the center of Hue and is probably offered on every Vietnam food tour operated in Vietnam at some point. Most people know about Pho, but Bun Bo Hue is the real peoples hero in Vietnamese cuisine. It might be eaten multiple times a week by local Vietnamese residents. This dish is known for being spicy and funky and shouldn’t be missed. The translation for Bun Bo Hue means Beef Noodle Soup from Hue, but because the city name “Hue” is there Vietnamese know this dish is spicy. The Vietnamese Culinary technique that will most likely be explained during your vietnamese food Tour consists of a broth of beef bones that is then mixed with fermented shrimp paste. There are other ingredients inside the brother including onion and lemon grass, some vendors even use pineapple. A bowl of Bun Bo will have Rice Noodle, sliced beef, pork sausage, pork knee/foot and fresh herbs. Every Bun Bo in Vietnam will have a Vietnam Culinary secret on the side called “Sate”. This Sate is a mixture of Chili and Lemon grass that your vietnamese food tour leader will show you how to add into your bowl. Be sure to ask your culinary food tour operator to provide you a big delicious bowl on your next food tour in Vietnam.
Da Nang is a culinary gem sitting between Hue and Hoi An offering delicious restaurants along the beach that have some of the best seafood you will eat during your culinary travels. Vietnam Food Tours often offer seafood on their Culinary Tours but Da Nang has some of the freshest seafood because it’s a major beach city. When ordering Vietnamese Seafood it often works as a mix and match. This is an interesting part of Vietnamese culinary experience. You may choose some Vietnamese seafood dish like clams, which can be served in a lemon grass broth which is light. Your other option is to choose a culinary style in Vietnamese Cuisine called “Thai” meaning the vietnamese food will be sweet, sour, and spicy. These range of options for seafood and vietnamese food preparations range from snails, crab, shrimp, fish, and literally anything you can pull out of the ocean to eat. When you are in Da Nang, be sure to prepare ahead of time and try a vietnamese food tour that offers some of these delicious Vietnamese seafood options on their tour.
Hoi An may hold the heart and soul of central Vietnamese cuisine in its hand for foreigners. Some vietnamese food tours maybe offer culinary experiences that push travelers too far out of their comfort zone. Hoi An Culinary Tours often offer a wide range of delicious vietnamese food that is easy for travelers to try as a stepping stone into a country full of diverse food. Some of the can’t miss dishes in Hoi An will be Mi Quang, Cau Lao, and the famous Hoi An Banh Mi.
Mi Quanq might be the top recommendation for travelers from Culinary and vietnamese food tours. The flavor of this dish is actually light and combined with a wheat noodle might be more familiar for the palate of western foreigners who are on a culinary tour in Vietnam. The broth of Mi Quang will be made from pork, it will be a bit light, sweet and spicy. This broth sits in the bottom of the bowl which then adds a thick cut yellow wheat noodle to it. Braised pork, chicken, and shrimp is added to the bowl along with peanuts and a rice cracker. Fresh herbs and salty fish sauce can be found on the side of a bowl of Mi Quang to adjust to the palate of each individual on the vietnamese food Tour. When visiting Hoi An, please be sure to ask your local Vietnam Culinary Tour provider to not skip a vietnamese food classic like Mi Quang!
Last but not least on the major food tour cities of Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City. This is the home of Back of the Bike Tours Vietnam Food Tours. Here in Ho Chi Minh City we can focus on the tastes of the South. We have some Vietnamese culinary options that are can’t miss options for travelers who are looking to satisfy their vietnamese food demands! Including our own famous Banh Mi sandwich, that is loaded with 9 types of pork. Two of the other dishes you will want to try while visiting Ho Chi Minh City during a vietnamese food Tour and Culinary adventure is Bun Thit Nuong and Com Tam. We have our own secret locations for these dishes but we have also created some very traveller friendly recommendations located on our youtube channel under “Top 5 lunch foods in Ho Chi Minh City”.
In Ho Chi Minh City, on nearly every other street corner you will be able to find a vendor selling this typical souther Vietnamese dish. The translation for Bun Thit Nuong is Rice Noodles with grilled pork. Bun Thit Nuong features grilled pork over rice noodles, fried spring rolls, fresh herbs, peanuts, pickles, chili, and fish sauce. The availability for small food vendors to have an open fire easily on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is a reason you see this dish served all over the city. The weather in Ho Chi Minh City is often very hot, so a dish like Bun Thit Nuong that isn’t heated is very appealing for a lot of local Vietnamese because they don’t want to eat anything that will make them feel very hot inside. Patrons on Back of the Bike Tours Vietnam Street Food Tour will get a chance to try this dish at our favorite street food vendor during our afternoon culinary tour.
The largest and most popular city in the Mekong area of Vietnam is Can Tho. This city is known for having a population that are extremely friendly and nice to travelers. Vietnamese Culinary specialties that are served on vietnamese food tours will often have seafood and be sweet. This can be seen in one of the major popular soups coming from the Mekong Delta called Canh Chua. You can find this Vietnamese culinary speciality on most tours in the Mekong Delta.
Canh Chua translates into Sour Soup, which is accurate since the use of Tamarind inside the broth makes this soup a bit sour with a unique and distinct Vietnamese flavor. vietnamese food tours will most likely explain to their guests that the soup is typically made with white fish but can also substitute Shrimp, Snails, or Squid into the soup. Inside a bowl of Vietnamese Canh Chua, you will find Rice or Rice Noodle, Okra, Tomato, Pineapple, Elephant Ear Vegetable, and typically white fish. In our experience, this dish is gonna be best served on Culinary Tours that take place in the afternoon. On any tour in Southern Vietnam that offers food, please ask your tour operator to provide some Canh Chua.
There are many ways for you to choose which Vietnamese Culinary tour is correct for you and your family. Back of the Bike Tours recommends finding out in which kind of experience you are most comfortable with. Options for vietnamese food tours will usually be split between walking tours and motorbike tours in most cities of Vietnam. Of course, Back of the Bike Tours Vietnamese Food Tour is provided via motorbikes, and we believe this is the best way to do a culinary tour in Ho Chi Minh City. We will try to provide a little bit more information to help you choose which type of food tour would be best for you and your family.
Walking tours in Vietnam can be a great way to get around. vietnamese food tours that are provided in the walking format can be really fun and educational. We do recommend that if you would like to talk a walking vietnamese food tour, that you choose a walking tour in Hoi An, Vietnam. The small setting of this town allows for better walking than any other city in Vietnam. During certain hours, the area of Hoi An will be closed to motorbikes which allows the perfect opportunity for a vietnamese food Tour to walk from place to place without worry of traffic. Also, because Hoi An is such a small town, some of the best options for Vietnamese culinary masterpieces are walking distance from each other without having to sacrifice food quality to fit into the walking tour route.
Large Vietnamese cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi are large and spread out with intimidating traffic for travelers. vietnamese food tours that are looking to show travelers the best dishes in the city will need to have the ability to cover a lot of ground with their guests. With the large city populations mostly getting around via motorbike, we feel that a vietnamese food tour on a motorbike has to be the best option for a food tour in a large Vietnamese city. This gives guest the chance to really see and feel the true life of locals while getting an excellent culinary tour. This is why Back of the Bike Tours has operated its vietnamese food tours on motorbikes for over 7 years.
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