2 Oct 2015   |   Lists

5 Local Dishes on Top Tables at Luxury Hotels in Vietnam

Everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, and so, too, does every food. Vietnamese food is in the midst of its 15 minutes at present, though some might argue that its 15 minutes is more like 15 hours, so highly regarded are these culinary arts by the world’s premier foodies. Just ask Anthony Bourdain. We can’t confirm this, but we think the man prefers Vietnamese food to any other.

Every city throughout Vietnam has its secrets, and one of them is this: that some of the best regional specialities can be had in some of the country’s top luxury hotels. Here are five classic regional specialties, as presented by the top hotels in the country.

1. Bun Thang

Crafted from 20 different ingredients, bun thang is one of the most time-consuming and delicate Hanoian dishes. If pho reigns supreme in the hearts of Hanoians, bun thang is the heir apparent. At the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, bun thang with clear prawn broth curries favor day in and day out with its affluent guest base.

2. Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are a very popular Vietnamese dish, especially those stuffed with steamed pork and shrimp. Paradise Cruises gives this classic dish a remarkable twist by stuffing their version with a Halong specialty -- fried minced squid stirred up with Vietnamese herbs, noodles, marinated carrots and pickles and sliced ginger.

3. Banh Hue

There are many different kinds of banh in Hue. There’s banh beo, banh cuon, banh ram it, etc. While on the street, these banh are turned to for “an choi” (literally translated as “recreational eating”) or snacking, they become mouth-watering appetisers for the luxury minded at the MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.

4. Banana Blossom Salad with Smoked Duck

Vietnamese love to look at flowers and to eat flowers, and they can cook them really well, too. Banana blossom salad is simple yet tasty and popular throughout Vietnam. The variations are endless. In the hands of the talented chefs at The Nam Hai, this salad has been transformed into a delicate dish whose flavors remain authentic.

5. Prawns and Pomelo Salad

Pomelo is one of Vietnam’s most popular exported fruits. People don’t only eat it as a dessert but also savor it as a salad. Pomelo salad with prawns is a fresh and cold dish, which is why it’s a favorite of people living in the warm weather throughout the southern reaches of Vietnam. At The Reverie Saigon, this delicacy is amplified with tiger prawns.