You're never far from food in Vietnam. And wow, what food! Our tip - stay away from the tourist hubs, just follow the locals and your nose. Usually the scruffiest places are the best.

Here are eight ways to seriously satisfy your hunger...

1. Bún Chả

Pork patties, thin rice vermicelli noodles, pickled carrot, daikon slices, a mountain of fresh herbs, and nuoc mam cham ngot (sweetened fish sauce). Wash it down with a bottle of Saigon beer - happy days :-)

2. Fruit Heaven

From juicy rambutan, beautiful mangosteen, and ripe mangoes...

...to the exotic dragon fruit...

...and lip-smackingly good longan...

...you can't go wrong with the delicious fruit in Vietnam. Although, the durian is somewhat of an acquired taste. You have to smell it to believe it!

3. Bò nướng lá lốt (Grilled Beef with Wild Betel Leaf)

No idea how minced beef wrapped in a leaf can taste so good, but take our word for it – we liked these babies la lot (get it?!) - yeah, sorry, really bad that one.

4. Cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese Coffee)

It's that first sip that gives you a caffeine kick! We loved our “caphe da” (iced coffee) and “caphe sua da” (iced coffee with milk). Join the locals on the primary-school-sized blue plastic chairs and watch the world go by as your coffee drip, drip, drops into the sweet condensed milk below. Divine!

5. Phở Bo (Beef Noodle Soup)

As if the Vietnamese humidity wasn't enough for you, why not sweat it out even more with a bowl of phở! It's all about the broth, made from beef bones simmered along with cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and coriander. Throw in some noodles and slurp away!

6. Silkworms

These little fellas will tickle your taste buds in another kind of way ;-) And just in case you're curious - no, we didn't!

7. Nem Nướng

For a bargain-ous €1,50, we rolled up our sleeves and got busy making our own spring rolls. Take a round thin sheet of rice paper, stuff it with pork, fresh herbs, pickled radish and carrot. Package it all up, and for the finalé, dip into a thick peanut sauce. Pure. Flavour. Explosion. 

8. Cơm Tấm (BBQ Pork and Broken Rice)

It might not be much to look at, but cơm tấm packed a mighty punch in the taste stakes! Could you resist the smell of pork sizzling over hot coals? Nope, neither could we. Combined with rice, meatloaf, egg and some pickles, it's a true Saigon experience.