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Must-try Vietnamese Rolls in Vietnam

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In Vietnamese cuisine, roll (cuốn) is a popular dish which is easy to make, to eat, and super balanced in nutrition. Most of the must-try Vietnamese rolls have rice paper wrappers as an essential ingredient, while the fillings vary greatly - creating a beautiful diversity of Vietnamese rolls. During your limited time in Vietnam, make sure to have your hand on the appetizing rolls and have a bite.

Banh Trang Phoi Suong (Dewret Rice Paper) with Boiled Pork

As the most basic must-try Vietnamese rolls, you can easily create a self-made version at home. The rice paper wrapper is Banh Trang Phoi Suong - Dewret Rice Paper, which is specially produced in only several regions of Vietnam. The texture of it is more persistent compared to the original one, giving a unique taste to the dish.

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A serving of Banh Trang Phoi Suong is a unique point

The fillings include boiled ham or bacon, vermicelli, and several particular Vietnamese greens originated from the forest. A small bowl of well-mixed Fish Sauce would compliment this dish perfectly.

Where to try Banh Trang Phoi Suong with Boiled Pork:

In Ho Chi Minh City

Hoang Ty

Address: 70-72 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 10:30 AM - 11 PM
Price: from VND 130,000/serving

In Hanoi

Hoang Beo

Address: 1 Ho Dac Di, Nam Dong Ward, Dong Da District
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 50,000/serving

Other places in Vietnam

Hoang Tin - Da Nang

Address: 12 Le Hong Phong, Phuoc Ninh Ward, Hai Chai District, Danang
Opening hours: 6 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 60,000

Nam Dung - Tay Ninh

Address: 90 Nguyen Van Rop, Trang Bang District, Tay Ninh Province
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 80,000

Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon is a darling in Ho Chi Minh street food culture and is a close sibling to the aforementioned dish. However, there are some characteristics for you to distinguish.

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How Goi Cuon looks like

Firstly, instead of the dewret rice paper, the rice paper used in Goi Cuon can be found at any local markets or supermarkets at ease. Secondly, the stuffing is added with shrimps and common Vietnamese vegetable herbs. There are also more choices for the side sauces: Tuong Den (thick soy paste), Mam Nem (fermented fish sauce), or regular fish sauce with sour-sweet taste. If you find it hard to put up with the smell of fermented condiments, Goi Cuon would be a great starter option among must-try Vietnamese rolls.

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Goi Cuon goes well with several different sauces

Where to try Goi Cuon

In Ho Chi Minh City

Goi Cuon Tom Nhay

Address: 424 Lac Long Quan, Ward 5, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 11 AM - 7 PM
Price: VND 8,000/roll

Goi Cuon Ba Dzu

Address: 26/26 Do Quang Dau, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 10 AM - 6:30 PM
Price: VND 8,000/roll

In Hanoi

Tiem An Van

Address: 24 Thanh Binh, Ha Dong District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 45,000-85,000/serving with 5-10 rolls

In Danang

Chin’s Kitchen

Address: 154 Le Dinh Duong, Hai Chau District, Danang 
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 9 PM
Price: from VND 22,000

Madame Lan

Address: 4 Bach Dang, Hai Chau District, Danang 
Opening hours: 9 AM - 9:30 PM
Price: VND 82,000
Also have: Nem Lui, Pho Cuon

Bo Bia 

There are two versions of Bo Bia: the savory one and the sweet one. Both of them are excellent choices for a midday snack.

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Colorful savory Bo Bia

The savory Bo Bia is more popular than the sweet version. Its ingredients include rice paper, lap xuong (Vietnamese sausage), fried eggs, dried shrimps, vegetables, carrots, and jicama. All of which creates a signature crunchy taste and colorful look, which is incredibly appealing to kids.

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Sweet Bo Bia is usually sold around schools since it is a favorite afterschool snack for many kids

Where to try Bo Bia

Bo Bia Ly

Address: 120E Dinh Tien Hoang, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 12 PM (noon) - 6:30 PM
Price: VND 7,000/roll

Co Hieu

Address: 37 Nguyen Phi Khanh, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 3 PM - 8 PM
Price: VND 6,000/roll

Nem Lui

Originated from Central Vietnam, Nem Lui has captured the hearts of many people thanks to its delicious taste without making you bloated no matter how much you eat.

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Nem Lui and how a whole serving of it can look like

Each cook would have their own recipe for Nem Lui. The soul of the dish lies in the charcoal-grilled skewers made from the mixture of seasoned minced pork, sometimes added with shrimp. The sauce also plays an important role. Besides the fish sauce as the base, the cook would decide which other ingredients to join; they can be minced pork, tapioca flour, pineapple, and even fresh milk or liver. If you want to figure out what is included in this dish in one bite, it would not be a simple challenge.

Like other must-try Vietnamese rolls, you can eat Nem Lui with rice paper wrappers. Don’t forget to add the vegetables, especially the pineapple and star fruit, which would offer a peculiar taste to your experience.

Where to try Nem Lui

In Ho Chi Minh City

Nem Nuong Nha Trang Be Thao

Address: 1237/31 Hoang Sa, Ward 5, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 10 AM - 10:30 PM
Price: VND 39,000/serving

Co Nga - Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa

Address: 389 Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 9:30 AM - 9 PM
Price: VND 60,000/serving

In Hanoi

Tu Xeo

Address: No.5, 167 Doi Can Alley, Doi Can Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 6,000/roll

Nem Lui & Banh Xeo Nguyen Khuyen

Address: 89 Nguyen Khuyen, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:30 AM - 7 PM
Price: VND 5,000/roll

Other places in Vietnam

Nem Lui Dang Van Quyen - Nha Trang

Address: 16A Lan Ong, Xuong Huan Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province
Opening hours: 7 AM - 9 PM
Price: VND 45,000/serving

Bun Thit Nuong & Nem Lui Ba Ty - Hue

Address: 81 Dao Duy Tu, Hue City, Hue Province
Opening hours: 2 PM - 7 PM
Price: VND 8,000/roll

Cha Gio

Appearing from daily meals to traditional special occasions such as Vietnamese Tet, Cha Gio, or Fried Spring Rolls, has been a familiar dish to the locals for decades. 

There are numerous types of fillings for Cha Gio. They could be minced pork, seafood, vegetables, mushrooms, and even fruits. You can eat it alone dipping in a tasty bowl of fish sauce, or wrap it with fresh greens, or use it with vermicelli to also experience another dish named Bun Cha Gio.

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Cha Gio can also have lots of different looks and fillings

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Bun Cha Gio - Spring rolls with rice vermicelli

Cha Gio is a popular dish that you can find in many Vietnamese restaurants across the country.

Cha Ram

Cha Ram is originated from Binh Dinh Province and looks like a miniature version of Cha Gio. Each roll of Cha Ram is just as “big” as your pinky finger, and the fillings are also simplified: only a full shrimp with minced pork and shallots. To make it tastier, try having it with some vegetables and dipping in chilly sauce or fish sauce with garlic. 

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Cha Ram is like a mini Cha Gio

Cha Ram usually appears in food stalls that offer Central Vietnam cuisine. In addition, if you have chances to visit some provinces of Centre Vietnam such as Binh Dinh, Nha Trang,..., you could find packages of it in souvenirs stores.

Pho Cuon

Pho as the beef noodle soup is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine and Pho Cuon, the wrap-and-roll version, is also one of the must-try Vietnamese rolls and Best Dishes from Pho.

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Pho Cuon is appealing, both by its look and taste

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It can be very colorful

Though most of the Vietnamese rolls are somehow related to the rice paper wrappers. The outside of Pho Cuon is a square slice of Pho, hugging lettuces and beef inside. Some other ingredients such as fried egg, carrots,... can be added to make it more attractive.

Where to try Pho Cuon

In Ho Chi Minh City

Pho Hai Thien

Address: 14 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Price: VND 49,000/serving

Ngo 8

Address: 35 Truong Dinh, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 3:30 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 40,000/serving

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In Hanoi

Pho Cuon 31

Address: 31 Ngu Xa, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 65,000/serving

Pho Cuon Huong Mai

Address: 25-27 Ngu Xa, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 60,000/serving

Conclusion of Must-try Vietnamese Rolls in Vietnam

Must-try Vietnamese rolls can be spotted in numerous menus in every corner of Vietnam. If you find one, don’t hesitate to try it out and you will not regret it at all!

Looking for an authentic experience with Vietnamese cuisine at hidden restaurants? Check out our Saigon Food Tour to explore with local guides for chances to visit places that you might barely see on any traveling sites.

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