5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam

5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam
Elly Huynh
5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam

A journey through Vietnam goes beyond exploration—it's a celebration of the soulful tapestry of Vietnamese cuisine. The artful fusion of fresh, pristine, and organic ingredients creates a culinary symphony that enchants every palate, embracing even the most discerning connoisseurs. Let Vietravel be your guide to a gastronomic adventure, unveiling 5 must-try dishes recommended by Michelin to elevate your Vietnamese experience.

Banh Cuon (Steamed Rice Rolls)

The Michelin Guide describes the rice roll establishments in Vietnam, allowing diners to personally observe the steaming and preparation process right at the entrance. There are two types of rice rolls, with the more common one filled with minced pork and wood ear mushrooms, and the other type being egg rolls. Diners can choose to enjoy them with Vietnamese pork sausage and sour fermented pork rolls, accompanied by various herbs, chili, lime, or garlic to season the dipping sauce.

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5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam
Banh Cuon Ba Xuan is one of the delicious restaurant that Hanoi people highly appreciate.

Where to eat:

  • Banh Cuon Ba Xuan: Nguyen Trung Truc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Banh Cuon Phuong: 68 Hang Cot, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hu Tieu (Noodle Soup):

Hu Tieu is one of the prominent dishes that reflects the fusion of Chiu Chow cuisine and Khmer people. This dish became popular when Vietnamese people repatriated from Cambodia introduced it to the southern region in the 1970s.

5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam
Hu Tieu holds a special place in Vietnamese culture with its distinct color and flavor. Photo by @VNExpress

Where to eat:

  • Hu Tieu Nam Vang Thanh Dat: 34 Co Bac, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hu Tieu My Tho Thanh Xuan: Ton That Thiep, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Bun Cha (Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)

Bun cha eateries located in Hanoi's Old Quarter are favored by many tourists. The menu includes traditional bun cha or can be combined with various Nem (spring rolls) and different types of Cha Gio (fried spring rolls). The meat portion is carefully marinated and grilled over charcoal. When dining, patrons enjoy the dish with a dipping sauce of sweet and sour fish sauce and various fresh herbs.

5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam
Bun Cha is a must-try dish for anyone visiting Hanoi. Photo by @Bunchabatxu

Where to eat:

  • Bun Cha Tuyet 34: 34 Hang Than, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Bun Cha Huong Lien: 24 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
  • Bat Su Bun Cha: 23 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Xoi (Sticky Rice)

The Michelin Guide website introduces Xoi as a popular light dish in Vietnam. Local people often eat Xoi for breakfast or lunch. Made from fragrant glutinous rice grown directly in the Cuu Long River Delta region of the country, Xoi is cooked to be sticky, aromatic, and chewy, with round rice grains resembling pearls. Whether sweet or savory, Xoi has its own distinct and delightful flavors. Savory Xoi is served with Vietnamese pork sausage, shredded pork skin, pate, butter, quail eggs, scallions, Chinese sausage, and shredded chicken. Each region may have different accompanying dishes, but overall, Xoi is a dish you should try when traveling to Vietnam.

5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam
Xoi Bat, a culinary gem specializing in unique sticky rice dishes, has earned its place on the prestigious Bib Gourmand list alongside 28 other remarkable restaurants and eateries, as recognized by Michelin. Photo by @Xoibat

Where to eat:

  • Xoi Bat: Alley 8 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ward 7, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City


According to Michelin inspectors, if you come to Vietnam and don't try pho, it's considered "unthinkable." Both beef pho (phở bò) and chicken pho (phở gà) are familiar dishes among the local people, and both are globally acclaimed. When eating pho, diners can enjoy it with various fresh herbs and accompanying condiments such as lime, garlic vinegar, or chili sauce.

5 Must-try Michelin-recommended dishes in Vietnam

Where to eat:

  • Au Trieu Beef Pho: 34 Au Trieu Ward, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Nguyet Chicken Pho: 5b Phu Doan Ward, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Pho Minh: 63/6 Pasteur, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Pho Hoa Pasteur: 260C Pasteur, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

The Michelin Guide, renowned for its global culinary rankings, first honored 106 restaurants and individuals in Vietnam in June, across four categories: Michelin Stars, Michelin Selected, Bib Gourmand, and Michelin Guide Special Awards.

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