A Taste of Vietnam

WARNING: do not watch if you are hungry and are without easy access to Vietnamese food.  We are interrupting our weekly Perennial Plate episodes to bring you a cool little video we made.  Last month we were invited to go on a Intrepid Travel trip to Vietnam for 2 weeks.  Our assignment was to document this food focused journey across the country.  We are really proud of the video and wanted to share it with you.   Thanks and look out for Vietnam related  pictures, recipes and blogs this week.

87 responses to “A Taste of Vietnam”

  1. Tandy says:

    What a trip!!!! Great video… I’ve got to go!

  2. Anonymous says:

    great video.  appears to be a food paradise.  i love thai and vietnamese food because of the literal explosion of flavor when the food hits your mouth.  nothing dull about their meals.  would love to see some soup recipes.

  3. SimonBaoWow says:

    Daniel, can you identify the title of the music that accompanies your video, as well as the recording artist?  I’d really appreciate knowing.

  4. Tom Byg says:

    Beautify shot and edited…are you in post production on a longer vid?
    Well done,Tom

    • Mirra Fine says:

      Thanks Tom! Though we’ve got 14 days of footage, the plan was to create a short 4 minute vid. Though we may release some of the extra footage as a bonus later on. 

  5. SteveD says:

    So great as usual, the colors were just amazing.
    Perfect song too! great as usual.
    Let me know if you ever need an assistant on one (or all) of your trips

  6. Hawkeyecory says:

    I should have read the warning,  now I need food.  Great job as always guys.

  7. Maris says:

    Fabulous!!! and so hungry, for the food and to travel there, and experience the smiles and appreciate the beauty!  THANK YOU for sharing!

  8. Austin Lindstrom says:

    Your best work, and somehow, by a large margin.

    Since seeing the Vietnam Special from BBC’s “Top Gear”, the only thing on my “bucket list” is to go to Ha Long Bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      perhaps in video quality. but i should hope it isn’t better than everything else – as there is no “Content” in this video.

      • Austin Lindstrom says:

        Blame the FCPX dork in me.  The editing is top notch.

        If I ever make it to Vietnam, I even plan on foregoing my vegetarianism so I can eat all the street food.  How did Mirra do?

        • Mirra Fine says:

          Im telling you man, its the 5D. Also, no need to forgo your veggie-ness. If youre wiling to eat beef broth, the world is your oyster in Vietnam. I was the happiest vegetarian ever.

    • Jan says:

       Go to Halong in April, early May or October for the best weather.  Otherwise, the days can be foggy or drizzly. (I lived there for 3 years.)

  9. khaiti says:

    everything about this is AWESOME. A collage of sights and sound, and then I must have just imagined the smells….onto new frontiers you guys. Love it!

  10. Andrea Nguyen says:

    Great work, Daniel. Looks like it was bone chilling cold winter in Hanoi. Makes me hungry to return!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Andrea. Thanks for watching… and yes, it was pretty chilly. we’d love it if you’d share the video with your fans. Love your books!

  11. Foody2 and Oliver says:

    So with all this wonderful stuff going on around you for 14 days-how do you get approx. 168 hours of film into 4 delicious minutes? LOVED the music!

  12. Kate says:

    Phenomenal Video!  I went to Vietnam with Intrepid last summer–your video took me right back to the amazing food, culture and people!!

  13. Jenda_jenda says:

    BELLISIMO!

  14. beautyful pictures,so fast though,how about a whole series on those wounderful dishes.i love the street cooking,here in québec,everybody would die a painful death if this was allowed.i m not kidding,not even hot dogs.

  15. Paul says:

    Thanks for the Warning though I didn’t heed it! Wish there was some Vietnamese round here but alas I’m SOL. GREAT video, I’m a big fan of you guys’ work!

  16. Viet Nam says:

    Thanks Daniel very much! I’m Vietnamese. i hope you will come back my country! welcome

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  18. Thanh Tan says:

    Daniel and Mirra, next time you guys go, come with me. I’ll show you Vietnam for all of its beauty and grace.

  19. Ariana says:

    Loved it!!  Reminded me of Thailand.  You should go there too!

  20. Lily Siebert says:

    I think the WARNING needs an addendum, reading something like “do not watch unless you are currently sitting on a plane destined for Vietnam”. This country just earned earned the number one spot on my travel wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

    • danielpklein says:

      not to toot our own horn, but i do get hungry and then annoyed that food like that doesn’t exist in MN (even though we have a lot of Vietnamese)

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  23. Morchella says:

    Gorgeous video! 

  24. Hoang Luong says:

    Thanks. I’m Vietnamese. It makes me love my country more.

  25. Chris says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. The first foodie video I ever made was in Vietnam, and can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gvp0LH1Us8

  26. Tom says:

    Great Video guys! What cities did you visit? Also, which city had the highest concentration of street food? Again, great videos. Really appreciate the hard work.

    • Mirra Fine says:

      Thanks Tom! We travelled from the North to the South (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Danang Beach, Hue, HCMC, Mekong Delta) It would be hard to decide which city had the most concentration of street food. Maybe Hanoi?  

      • Pis Dương says:

        every city has speciality street food, so dont decide to choose which one is the best, just try what u see, eat, n feel its delicious or not! 😀 anyhow, dont skip the cơm sườn (bbq pork broken rice), bánh mì( vnese baguett), hủ tíu (noode soup) in sai gon, Phở, nem rán, some kinds of sticky rice in hanoi, bánh bèo( rice cake), mì quảng, bún bò huế, cao lầu (kinds of noodle soup) in da nang& hue & hoi an, n fruit in mekong delta! welcome to vn and hope u enjoy ur food! 🙂

        The video is great, wish  it could be bit slower! 🙂

  27. Young Bill says:

    Great video – Takes me back. Interesting part at 2:27 of burning inkjet big face 100s.

  28. Lanny Nguyen says:

    Try L’anne French/Asian in Wheaton, they do Vietnamese food very well, they have goi cuon, banh xeo etc

  29. Anna Brones says:

    I love this video so much… had a great time eating in Vietnam when I traveled there and this makes me want to buy a ticket to somewhere adventurous RIGHT NOW. That and I could go for some Vietnamese coffee.

  30. Starvietnamvisa says:

    I really like this video:D Nice work. Of course you should have used a Vietnamese song and a bit slower pic-slides in some part og the video, but overall great work. We are thinking of linking up this video on our site http://www.Starvietnamvisa.com. Our website provide pre-arranged Vietnamese Visa on Arrival services, so this will be great inspiration to our customers, who are preparing their journey to Vietnam. We hope this is ok? Again great work:) Looking forward for a longer video and a bit slower;)

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  36. Claire Hoang says:

     Thanks ! very nice your shooting of my country , <3

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  38. shane says:

    like a rock star! love the solo! what do u call this style nu asian jazz?

  39. JC says:

    The video is going down well in expat circles in HN at least, I think you’ve done more for Vietnamese tourism in the space of 3 or so minutes than the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has managed in a decade – showing VN for what it really is, manic, funky, colourful and an assault on the senses! Well done, and yeah just a shame the track wasn’t Vietnamese (though it rocked!)

  40. Mitchhensel says:

    Hi Daniel, I always thought that when I was in Viet Nam in the very early 70s ” God what a beautiful country, to bad there’s a war going on”. You and Mirra did an excellent job of capturing the color and beauty, it brought back some pretty strong memories for me. I could almost smell the fish sauce again.  Thanks again for doing this series, I was getting to busy at work and hadn’t watched for a few months. That will all come to an end I will be retired as of the 23rd of March and will now be able to watch and try to cook some the the dishes I’ve seen and have been inspired to try.

  41. Mog says:

    Just a taste of what you have to look forward to. Wish I could be there, have a fun trip, c u soon. x x

  42. Hugh Briggs says:

    Great video – instanty reminded us of our Intrepid journey last year. Food was definitely a highlight!!
    Hugh

  43. Anna says:

    hey noticed a quick frame at 1:24 – does this mean you had dog meat?

    • Jan says:

       Dog meat is available at special restaurants in northern VN, especially certain days of the month. Cat meat also.

  44. Jodi Burley says:

    I have watched this a dozen times now and it so makes me want to go back. You guys did a fabulous job.

  45. Besbasmail says:

    this is great! really loved the music as well, but since it is japanese-inspired, it created some cognitive dissonance for me. 

  46. Kim says:

    Now I have to go! Can’t wait to see the recipes 🙂

  47. daretoeat says:

    Wow, I love this video so much!  It really captures the essence of the Vietnamese people as well as their food cultures.  Coming from a Vietnamese background, I can’t tell you how much that made me miss my Mom’s cooking…keep up the great work!  And now, off to make some thit kho, haha.

  48. Hi Daniel, thank you very much for such an wonderful clip on Viet Nam. That’s exactly what I want everybody to know about Viet Nam.
    Though the music is for me terrible, lol. Once again, thank you

  49. Meg says:

    We heard from many backpackers that Vietnam has the best cuisine in the world.  It’s a  bold statement but this video defends that claim… I am drooling

  50. Huyen Chi says:

    Make me hungry and long for another trip back to Vietnam. I’ve watched you made banh mi as well, I’ve worked in a banh mi business, your version is not exactly as any Vietnamese version but who cares, your banh mi made people’ mouths water, I could taste it from seeing your cooking, vote up!

  51. This is truly one of my favorite cooking episodes of any medium, and that includes many of mine. 🙂 It is extraordinarily beautiful. Thanks for bringing this. Unfortunately it did nothing to wane my unattainable desire to go to Vietnam any time soon. (one kid in college this fall.) Blessings to you two.

  52. This is truly one of my favorite cooking episodes of any medium, and that includes many of mine. 🙂 It is extraordinarily beautiful. Thanks for bringing this. Unfortunately it did nothing to wane my unattainable desire to go to Vietnam any time soon. (one kid in college this fall.) Blessings to you two.

  53. Athena L says:

    I love that this is a pure FOODIE Music video. I wish there was a MTVFood channel 🙂 Cheers to the start of one. http://www.theculinarylinguist.wordress.com

  54. WHOA! Super duper good video. Glad I had my lunch just before watching the video.

  55. T N says:

    totally love the music and yes, the foods as well. Thanks for sharing

  56. Julie Bui says:

    Is that how you really feel about life in VN? The video makes me dizzy and suffocating because its too fast both visually and aurally… Its not a complaint or anything. Im so grateful that you guys came to VN and recorded these amazing images but its never come to my mind that our life spins so fast like that..

  57. Hi Daniel and Mirra! I love your video’s, I’m so happy to have found your site! Quick question, the music you have featured is always great, is there anyway you could let me know where you source it from?
    Thanks so much!

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