Out of the 66 countries we have traveled so far, nowhere has our money gone as far as it has in Vietnam! If you stay here too long it would be easy to pack on the pounds because food and drink are about as cheap as it gets, and good too!
Here is my Vietnam fatten you up diet plan:
Bowl of Chicken Pho – $.50 (10,000 Dong) A common Vietnamese breakfast is a chicken and noodle based soup, topped with fresh herbs and vegetables. You can find a bowl of this Vietnamese classic street side or at a local place for less than a coffee at home.
Fresh donut – $.25 (5,000 Dong) nice little ladies will fry you up a fresh pastry street side, topped with sugar, coconut, or banana.
Banh Mi sandwich: $1 (20,000 Dong) this Vietnamese classic has a unique twist in every city you visit in Hoi An the fluffy baguettes were filled with pork pate, a fried egg, cilantro, basil, mint, pickled vegetables, and topped off with a chili BBQ dressing that work incredibly well together.
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Mid-afternoon second lunch: $1.25 a plate full of white rose, the Hoi An specialty soft rice flour wrapper stuffed with pork, onions, and spices.
(yes, in this diet plan happy hour is considered a meal)
5 Bai Hoi – Vietnamese beers: $0.50 (10,000 Dong) yes 5 beers, why? Well, why not when they are $.10 each! Locally brewed and to be enjoyed with food, the golden beer has a flavor of its own, and I actually preferred it to most bottles beers in the country. It’s likely done in a lager style, without a lot of hops, however, the yeast gives a nice hint of warm fruity flavors (coming from the yeast) similar to some German or Belgian beers. Now I am not saying it will stack up against beers from these countries, but it wasn’t bad for the price.
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A big bowl of Cao Lau: $1 (20,000 dong) this dish is specific to Hoi An and the noodles are the star of this soup. The wide and thick cut wheat based noodles are cooked to where they are still slightly chewy and are reason alone for some to head to Hoi An. Alongside the noodles sits pork, crispy fried pork skins, traditional Vietnamese herbs like cilantro, basil, and mint. Everything comes to your bowl separate and you can mix it to your taste, it’s technically a soup but is generally served with less than a quarter of a bowlful of broth (it’s mostly about the noodles!)
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Second Happy hour:
5 more beers $0.50 (10,000 Dong) yes, 5 more beers you can’t go to bed on an empty stomach!
There are a few things we don’t miss about Vietnam, but the food is one of the things we will really miss!This post may contain affiliate links, see our disclosure