The Vietnamese food has gained much popularity over the past few years and is now ranked in some of the most popular foods in the world. You might have tried some traditional Vietnamese dishes like the bread rolls and spring rolls.
The Vietnamese people love to eat noodles that are made from rice, wheat and mung beans, but there are a lot of other delicious, juicy and appetizing dishes in the Vietnamese category. Below are some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes and surely your mouth will start watering.
14 Vietnamese Dishes You Must Taste
1: The Pho Kho Gia Lai or Dry Pho
The Pho Kho Gia Lai or Dry Pho is one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes. It is a combination of noodles, beef brisket broth, chiles, and herbs. The locals usually eat Pho Kho Gia Lai by moistening the noodles with the help of broth and meat and then quickly eat it before the fresh herbs and the fried onions become wet.
2: Bun Rieu
The Ban Rieu’s secret ingredients are the base of dried shrimp and tomato that are simmered with pork trotters with a lovely combination of clove and lemongrass. Ban Rieu is usually served with rice noodles, trotters, Thai Basil, a chew fish cake like sausage, freshly sliced tomatoes and some fresh herbs (optional). The tomato tart dipped in the warm broth gives a great taste to the fatty pork.
3: Goi Ca Trich
A little appetizer, yet another great taste relishing Vietnam dish you must give a try. A small herring is used, which is placed on a very thin rice paper along with a combination of lettuce, basil, slivers of fresh pineapple, lime juice and freshly grated coconut flesh or powder. It has a great aroma and a ‘saltish’ or sweet-acidic taste and a great texture.
4: Banh Xeo
Banh Xeo is a sizzling cake like dish and looks very similar to a pancake. This Vietnam dish is a combination of flour, water and turmeric powder filled with fatty pork, bean sprouts, and green onion. A few local Vietnams also add coconut milk which gives it a great test. It’s a perfect evening snack.
5: Cao Lau
Cao Lau is my favorite dish. It is prepared from special types of noodles that are only available in Hoi An and are slightly chewier. These noodles are also used in many other Vietnam dishes and are made using water drawn from ancient Cham wells. The noodles are mixed with salad greens, sliced porks, deep fried croutons and bean sprouts.
6: Banh Bao Vac
Also known as the “White Rose” in French. It’s one of the best and favorite dishes in the world and is delicious as well. The dish is prepared with small dumplings made from rice flour, which are then filled with minced shrimp. After that, these dumplings are steamed and served with sweet sauce and toasted garlic.
7: Banh Mi
Banh Mi is a common term used for different types of Vietname bread, but it’s more like a sandwich. It’s a special crispy-soft bread filled with sliced pork belly, liver pate, vegetables, and cheese. YUMMY!
8: Goi Cuon
OH YES! Here come the spring rolls. The material may vary, but the usual fillings consist of pork, prawns or tofu along with rice vermicelli and vegetables like carrot, onion, and green pepper.
9: Banh Beo
The first time I tried Banh Beo, I was sitting in restaurants with the local Vietnams. It consists of tiny circular steamed rice cakes topped with minced shrimps and pork rind combined with a special Vietnamese dipping sauce made with fish sauce, chili, lime, garlic, and sugar. The rice cakes are dipped in the sauce and quickly eaten before the collapse.
10: Bo Kho
The Bo Kho is a typical Vietnamese beef stew that consists of tendon flecked meat simmered in a spicy tomato broth combined with a light baguette.
11: Cha Ca Thang Long
The Cha Ca Thang Long is a spicy and sizzling fish served with Dill. You’ll probably forget all other dishes after trying this one. The serving is a unique. In one plate there are delicate pieces of white fish coated with a thin layer of turmeric and cooked with onions and finally tangled in fistfuls of dill. In another plate, there is cold tearing tia herb leaves that are made from fermented shrimp paste. The hot sizzling fish is combined with the cold tearing tia herb leaves and a bun of noodles.
12: Cha Gio Re
Cha Gio Re is another yet a unique spring roll; that seems more of the west fashion. Rice papers are used instead of wheat. Rice papers are then filled with minced pork and diced vegetables. After frying, they are served with a dip sauce, nuoc cham in most restaurants.
You might have tried a dish similar to Pho, but the Vietnam taste is still uniqueJ. It’s a soupy dish with basil, mint, onions and cilantro. Also, cooked beef, chicken or pork pieces are also added that give it a splendid taste. Though it’s very cheap but tasty at the same time. A perfect Vietnam dish for your breakfast.
14: Com Tam
Com Tam also known as the broken rice Vietnam dish is made from fractured rice grains. They are perfect to relish in the lunchtime. The rice is served with sliced carrots, green pepper and cucumber along with fried pork or chicken coated with breadcrumbs.