It is important as a traveller in a different country to understand the risks of food and drink. We will look at Vietnamese cooking and suggest some good tips on how to stay as safe as possible.
When eating out, Vietnamese cooking can be a way of experiencing the best the culture has to offer. However, food should be completely cooked and piping hot. Raw meat is not a good idea and although some restaurants will prepare the food properly, it is not worth the risk. Fruits that have an inedible skin should be chosen over others such as apples and candy canes.
"food should be completely cooked and piping hot"
It is not an easy answer as to whether street food is safe to eat when considering Vietnamese cooking. Most street stalls and open air restaurants have been thoroughly scrutinized and held to high standards. A lot of stalls prepare their food ahead of time because of a lack of refrigeration but to lower the risk of sickness, a stall which has a very high volume of customers would be a better option because most of their prepared food will be consumed on the day.
"Most street stalls and open air restaurants have been thoroughly scrutinized and held to high standards"
Other things to consider are sun safety and insect protection, the use of tap water and stray animals. Water safety is a very serious issue which needs to be considered when travelling and Vietnam is no exception.
You should avoid tap water as much as possible, opting for bottled water. Iced tea is a good alternative and is a favourite among the locals. Another thing to remember is that the ice may have been made using tap water but some restaurants choose to buy ice from companies rather than making it themselves.
"You should avoid tap water as much as possible, opting for bottled water"
A strong sunsheen should be used as well as insect spray to protect you against the potent sun rays and the many insect transmitted diseases. Vietnam is also not a rabies-free country and so you should steer clear of animals whether they are pets or strays. You will see dogs, cats, chickens and more while travelling but it is always best not touch them, even if they are cute!