Sticky rice a delight of Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine


Sticky Rice: The Quintessential Vietnamese Delight

Sticky rice, more than just a dish, is an emotion for the Vietnamese. It’s a warm hug on a cold morning, a nostalgic reminder of childhood, and now, a global sensation. Recognized and celebrated by the esteemed luxury travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, sticky rice has made its mark as one of Hanoi’s top 10 vegetarian dishes. But what makes this humble dish so special? Let’s dive in!

The Essence of Vietnamese Comfort Have you ever had a meal that takes you straight back to a cherished memory? For the Vietnamese, that dish is often sticky rice. Whether it’s peanut-flavored, hand-cut mung bean, exotic red rice, or corn-infused, each type has its own story. And while the vegetarian versions are in themselves a treat, the locals often elevate their sticky rice experience with savory toppings. Picture this: a steaming bowl of sticky rice, topped with braised pork or maybe some finely shredded pork floss. Are you drooling yet?

Condé Nast’s Rave Reviews The illustrious Condé Nast Traveler isn’t all about exotic vacations. They know their food too! Describing sticky rice as “the essence of Vietnamese comfort food,” it’s clear that the dish resonates with more than just the locals. But while sticky rice steals the show, it’s in good company.

Diving Deeper: A Culinary Expedition Next on the list, we have the ‘bun cha chay’ or the vegetarian meatball noodle soup. With its tantalizing aroma and hearty flavors, it’s hard to believe it’s all veggies! Then there’s the ‘banh xeo’. This rice flour pancake, with its crispy crust, encases a medley of soft, sweet, and spicy vegetables, making every bite an adventure.

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And if you’re in the mood for something stir-fried, the tofu in tomato sauce is where it’s at. A dish that many Vietnamese hold close to their hearts, it takes one back to simpler times. Another stir-fried marvel is the water spinach with garlic. Rustic yet sophisticated, it’s a favorite across households.

As for the salads, the banana blossom variant and the green papaya and mango mix stand out. Refreshing and zesty, they are the perfect palate cleansers.

Sweet Sensations No meal is complete without dessert, right? ‘Che chuoi’, a pudding of tapioca and coconut with banana, promises a perfect end to your meal. But if you’re still craving something sweet, the ‘banh troi’, or floating glutinous rice dumplings, will surely hit the spot. And to wash it all down? Nothing beats the classic Vietnamese iced coffee. Rich, creamy, and oh-so-delicious!


The diverse flavors of Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine have clearly captured the hearts of many, from local foodies to global culinary experts. With its impeccable blend of textures and flavors, it’s no wonder the world is singing its praises!


  1. What is the most popular topping for sticky rice?
    • While there are many, braised pork and pork floss are quite popular.
  2. Is ‘banh xeo’ always vegetarian?
    • No, it often contains shrimp or pork, but vegetarian versions are readily available.
  3. How is Vietnamese iced coffee different?
    • It’s made with robusta beans and contains sweetened condensed milk, making it rich and creamy.
  4. Where can I find the best sticky rice in Hanoi?
    • Street food stalls across the city offer some of the most authentic experiences.
  5. Are these dishes available throughout the year?
    • Yes, most of these dishes are staples and can be enjoyed any time of the year.
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