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VIETNAMESE FOODS

When you travel to a certain country, we are sure that you will want to enjoy the traditional dishes of their country, especially when you travel to Vietnam, you do not know what to eat? Where to eat? Where do good, cheap, clean and healthy?

We would like to introduce to you a few popular dishes when you travel to Vietnam as follows:

PHỞ (VIETNAMESE NOODLE SOUP)

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò), chicken (phở gà) or pork (phở heo). The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Vietnamese basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining.

BÒ KHO( BEEFSTEW WITH VEGETABLE SOUP)

Beef-and-vegetable stew, usually accompanied by baguettes.

BANH XEO (SIZZLING PANCAKE)

A good banh xeo is a crispy crepe bulging with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, plus the garnish of fresh herbs that are characteristic of most authentic Vietnamese dishes. To enjoy one like a local, cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves and dunk it in whatever special sauce the chef has mixed up for you.

BUN BO HUE (BEEF VERMICELLI SOUP)

Central Vietnam’s take on noodles caters to carnivores with its meaty broth and piles of beef and pork. The thick slippery rice noodles also make for a heartier meal than noodles found in the north and south.

BANH KHOT (MINIATURE FRIED PANCAKE)

This dainty variation of a Vietnamese pancake has all the same tasty ingredients but is a fraction of the size. Each banh knot can be scoffed in one ambitious but satisfying mouthful. The crunchy outside is made using coconut milk and the filling usually consists of shrimp, mung beans, and spring onions with a dusting of dried shrimp flakes on top.

COM TAM (BROKEN RICE)

This isn’t just your normal everyday rice, this stuff is made from fractured rice grains! And always served with the yummiest sides to go along with it!

BANH CUON (STEAMED RICE CAKE)

These rolled up rice flour pancakes are best when served piping hot, still soft and delicate. Although seemingly slender and empty they have a savory filling of minced pork and mushrooms.

Zest is also added by dunking the slippery parcels in a fishy dipping sauce.

HU TIEU (RICE NOODLE SOUP)

Known as Kuy Teav in Cambodia, this rice noodle soup dish can be made with a variety of ingredients. It can also be served dry (khô) without the soup! Mmmm, it’s so hard to choose what to get at a Vietnamese restaurant…

BO LUC LAC (SHAKEN BEEF)

Cubes of  beef are tossed around a steaming wok with garlic, pepper, and some vegetables to make shaking beef. There’s nothing special about the beef that makes it shaking.

The name is just a literal translation that refers to the process of mixing the beef around while cooking.

BANH CANH BOT LOC (THICK NOODLE SOUP)

A soup with thicker noodles. If you haven’t already noticed, there are TONS of variations when it comes to noodles and soup!

BUN RIEU (CRAB AND TOMATO NOODLE SOUP)

For a lighter broth option, this is one of my favorites when it comes to home-cooked meals!

CA KHO TO ( CARAMELIZED FISH IN CLAY POT)

GOI CUON (SPRING ROLL)

Not to be confused with your traditional egg rolls, these are different in that they’re not fried but still equally delectable! These come in varieties of ingredients but my favorite spring rolls are the grilled pork (nem nướng̣ cuốn – image shown).

Dip it in peanut sauce, and your taste buds will go on the ride of your life!

COM CHIEN (FRIED RICE)

This is not your typical fried rice, folks! Vietnamese style fried rice has your typical veggies with bits of egg, cilantro and bits of super tasty sausage (lạp xưởng). When I brought these home-cooked fried rice dishes to elementary school potlucks, it went FAST.

CHE( SWEET DESSERTS AND PUDDINGS)

Too many to name when it comes to chè as there are so many varieties! But my personal favorite is the rainbow dessert (Chè Sương Sa Hạt Lựu – image shown above).

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