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The definitive list of Vietnam’s top 100 dishes, food gifts

The definitive list of Vietnam’s top 100 dishes, food gifts

Complied by the Vietnam Records Organization (Vietkings) and Vietnam Top Center (VietTop), the list includes dishes and food gifts from each of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and municipalities.

In order to qualify for the list, dishes must be a reflection of Vietnamese culture, made from natural ingredients, healthy and widely available.

Specialties selected must meet key criteria such as reflecting Vietnamese characteristics.

The project to compile the list began in 2012. 

During the past decade, Vietkings has evaluated over 500 dishes and specialties from across the nation before settling on a finalized ranking.

The noodle dishes which made the list include ‘bun nuoc leo’ from Soc Trang, ‘banh canh Ben Co’ from Tra Vinh, ‘pho kho Gia Lai’ from Gia Lai, ‘bun cha ca Quy Nhon’ from Binh Dinh, ‘bun bo Hue’ from Hue, and ‘banh da cua’ from Hai Phong.

In the ‘cakes’ category are ‘banh khot’ from Ba Ria - Vung Tau, ‘banh tam bi’ from Bac Lieu, and ‘banh gia Go Cong’ from Tien Giang. 

Salads on the list include 'sau dau' dried snakehead fish salad from An Giang and sardin salad from Kien Giang.

The list of gift specialties includes Thoai Son dried snakehead from An Giang, Ben Tre coconut candy, Lai Thieu mangosteen from Binh Duong, honey from U Minh forest in Ca Mau, shrimp salt from Tay Ninh, and Ly Son garlic from Quang Ngai.

All foods listed in the two categories will be issued certificates and medals from VietTop and a ceremony honoring the dishes will be held on April 26.

Tay Ninh rice noodles, Pho Kon Tum, and ‘Trang Bang Tay Ninh’ at a five-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nam / Tuoi Tre

My Tho noodle soup, a traditional dish from the southern province of Tien Giang. Photo: Phuong Nam / Tuoi Tre

Coconut served with fried shrimp, a specialty from Ben Tre Province. Photo: Phuong Nam / Tuoi Tre

The restaurant at Grand Hotel Saigon in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City boasts a menu featuring 27 specialties from across the country.

Bringing Vietnam’s delicacies to five-star hotels

Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include ‘bun suon hoa thanh long’, 'pho be', ‘bun tha Binh Thuan’, Tay Ninh rice noodles, Pho Kon Tum, and ‘Trang Bang Tay Ninh.’

Chiem Thanh Long, director of the Center for Research, Conservation and Development of Vietnamese Cuisine, praised the hotel for including dishes from across the country on its menu, contributing to the promotion and elevation of the nation’s cuisine.

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