Where to go to savour Vietnam’s favorite international dishes

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ACCORDING to a survey from online travel agent, Agoda, Chinese and Korean cuisines have emerged as Vietnam’s favorite international dishes.

The diverse flavors of Vietnam’s northern neighbor, China split the top-slot with the ever-popular Korean cuisine in Agoda’s international food survey. Japanese and Thai food came up next in the rankings.

Interestingly, Vietnam’s love for all things Vietnamese, including their own cuisine, was apparent in the survey as some respondents opted for “Other, please specify” with comments such as “Vietnam ngon nhat!” instead – highlighting just how dearly people here hold their native fare.

Because enjoying local food is a great way to travel and experience a country’s culture, Agoda has shared places Vietnamese, as well as international travelers, can visit for an ultimate foodie holiday experience.

Chinese

With Vietnamese families filling dim sum restaurants every Sunday, experience authentic dim sum culture in Southern China in Guangzhou or Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan is often known as “the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant” and has gone on to franchise its fare around the region. Still, the authentic experience is unchanged at its Sham Shui Po home.

Beijing’s signature dish – Peking Duck – is the house specialty at Siji Minfu Restaurant. For those looking to spice things up a bit on their trip to China, Sichuan cuisine is famed for its heat.

Korean

While we can all thank Psy for putting Gangnam on the tips of our tongues, it is time to get the taste of its cuisine on the tips of travelers’ tongues. Korean BBQ outlets such as Saebyukjib, Parkdaegamne, Gombawui, and Nongoljip abound in the upscale district in Seoul.

An entirely different experience with Korean cuisine can be found further south in Korea’s seaside city, Busan, with its many food markets and access to abundant seafood.

Try some fresh hoe (thinly sliced white fish) at the Jagalchi Fish Market, or dig into a hearty bowl of dwaeji gukbap, a milky broth with pork and vegetables.

Japanese

Jiro is not the only one who dreams of sushi; most visitors to Japan take the chance to savor the nation’s signature dish. For those who want Master Jiro to prepare it himself, book well ahead, and locate yourself close to his subway-station eatery in bustling Ginza, Tokyo.

Famed as the home-of-ramen, the Sapporo region in Hokkaido is a must-visit for noodle-lovers.

Foodies who are all about the street food experience will find plenty on offer in Osaka, from takoyaki (octopus balls) to kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers).

Thai

Thai food will delight your palate with its varying sweet, spicy and sour flavors. Feast like a king on contemporary Thai food at Baan Suriyasai in Silom, Bangkok, where they prepare dishes using techniques handed down from the Thai royal court.

Northern Thai cuisine is an altogether different experience, with dishes that are milder and less spicy than the south.

When taking a break from trekking the serene, temple-laden mountains of Chiang Rai, check out the town’s eateries for khao soi, egg noodles in coconut-based curry and sai oua, Northern Thai sausages.