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There's something special about the Vietnamese food. You'll rarely find such an excellent blend of aromas, fresh ingredients, and sauces in any of the other cuisines of the world. Rice, vegetables, fruits, and herbs are used generously while preparing these delicious dishes. Considering this fact, it hardly comes as a surprise that the Vietnamese food is among the world's healthiest cuisines. The dishes from the northern parts of the country seem to be heavily influenced by the Chinese style of preparation, while the ones from the south have Thai and Cambodian influences. Here are some of the delectable treats:

1. Pho

The unofficial national dish of Vietnam, 'Pho' is a popular street food of the country and consists of meat, broth, rice noodles and herbs. It is believed to have originated in the northern parts of the nation in the early 20th century and was popularised across the world after the Vietnam War by the refugees. This noodle soup uses beef or chicken in the preparation of its broth and the spices used are often wrapped in a soaking bag or cheesecloth. You'll find two variations of the pho, namely the 'Northern Pho' and the 'Southern Pho' or 'Saigon Pho'.

2. Bun Cha

This savoury treat from the capital, Hanoi, consists of the 'Bun' or white rice noodles and 'Cha' or the meat served with the broth. The meat used in this dish is usually the grilled pork, but some may also use the ground pork. As the Bun Cha originated in Hanoi, the capital city is the best place to enjoy this dish. You can eat this dish in two ways. The first is to wrap the pork, noodles, and herbs using a big lettuce leaf and dip it in the sauce before having a bite. Another way of enjoying this dish is to immerse everything in the broth, mix them well and eat using chopsticks.

3. Goi Cuon

This mouth-watering delight is of Vietnamese origin, contrary to the popular belief that it originated in China. It featured in the list of 50 most delicious foods in the world, which was compiled in the year 2011 by CNN Go. It traditionally consists of vegetables, prawns, pork, and rice noodles wrapped in 'Banh Trang' or rice paper. When making the rolls, the rice paper is dipped in water and laid flat on a plate. The ingredients are then placed on it and rolled up. The goi cuon is served with peanut sauce or any of the other Vietnamese sauces.

4. Nom Hua Chuoi

This is one of the dishes that vegetarians can enjoy while holidaying in Vietnam. The 'Nom Hua Chuoi' or banana flower salad is an excellent meat-free option, flavoured using lime and chilli. The ingredients used in this salad are banana blossoms, papaya, onion, coriander or mint leaves, peanuts and carrots. You'll usually find this salad served in a large bowl. On certain occasions, mango is used instead of papaya while making the nom hua chuoi.

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