Vietnamese food is naturally healthy, full of flavors and nutrients. There is a wide range of delicious foods in Vietnam for breakfast. Following are 5 Best Cheap Breakfast in Vietnam.
1. Steamed glutinous rice (Xoi)
With price about 10,000 – 20,000 VND or 1 USD, Steamed glutinous rice is the first choice for breakfast in Vietnam. Xoi could be sweet or savory. Sweet Xoi is cooked from glutinous rice, sugar, coconut milk, food color and topped with shredded coconut meat, mung bean paste, crushed peanuts and mix of toasted sesame, sugar and salt. Savory Xoi is topped with different combination of boiled/grilled/toasted chicken/pork/pork guts, Vietnamese pork roll, Chinese sausage, crispy deep-fried onion, crush peanut and eaten with pickles, cucumber slices, soy sauce… Steamed glutinous rice is served hot. Sellers usually keep Steamed glutinous rice in steamers, they only get Steamed glutinous rice out of steamers by rice scoopers when buyers order. They put Steamed glutinous rice onto banana leaves, then put toppings on it before wrapping into small pack. It’s totally fast, comfortable to buy and eat Xoi. This cheap breakfast food is so popular that you can find it everywhere in Vietnam.
2. Boiled sweet potato (Khoai lang luoc)
A portion of Boiled warm and tender sweet potato which cost about 10,000 – 20,000 VND or 1 USD is enough for breakfast. Vietnamese people love to have breakfast because this food is not only cheap, but also it’s easy to buy on the street, fast and comfortable to eat. There are more than dozen of kinds of sweet potatoes with different tastes and colors: speckled purple, hannahs, garnets… for buyers’s choices. Shoulder poles with Boiled sweet potato has become familiar with many Vietnamese people for many years.
3. Boiled corn (Ngo luoc)
Rolling carts with steamers full of warm Boiled corns are popular on Vietnam street. One Boiled corn only costs about 10,000 VND or 0,5 USD. It’s the first choice of poor people in the country for their breakfast. Sellers usually boil corn without peeling to keep the corn warm and sweet.
4. Pyramidal rice dumpling (Banh gio)
Pyramidal rice dumpling is a traditional savory cake of Vietnam. Its outer layer is made from rice flour, filling is made from ground pork, wood ear and boiled egg. Banh gio is wrapped in banana leaves into pyramid shape. The cake must be served hot so that sellers must put it in special steamer to keep it warm all the time. A Pyramidal rice dumpling cost only about 10,000 VND or 0,5 USD.
5. Vietnamese bread (Banh mi)
Banh mi is famous not only in Vietnam but also around the world. An airy inside and crispy outside bread filled with combination of pork, Vietnamese pork roll, chicken, beef, vegetables, pickles, patee, coriander is a popular choice for cheap breakfast in Vietnam. It costs about 10,000 – 20,000 VND or 1 USD. That’s not an expensive price for a great food with perfect blends of all ingredients.
Vietnam foods aren’t expensive if you know which and where to eat. If you have chance to visit Vietnam, do not miss delicious but cheap breakfast foods above.
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