Vietnamese cuisine is something special, and it is steadily creating a bigger impact all around the world. Whether you live in London or Hanoi, Vietnamese food is the cuisine you need to try this year. But where to start? If you are not familiar with Vietnamese food the menu can seem confusing. Here are the 12 classic dishes you need to taste first.
Pho broth is a staple in Vietnamese food and it is a dish that is widely available at restaurants in the UK and across the world. It is a simple dish but difficult to get right, with a standout salty flavour, some tasty chicken or beef, and the all-important fresh herbs. Try Pho when you have your next Vietnamese meal – you won’t regret it. Look for it in a Vietnamese restaurant London-style.
- Banh Xeo
Banh xeo is a crispy pancake that is bursting with shrimp and pork plus beansprouts and fresh herbs. This dish is ideal for dunking in a dip or sauce, and can be served as a starter or a main meal.
- Bun bo Hue
The thick and sauce-soaked rice noodles are drowned in a meat broth and also contain a liberal serving of fresh beef or pork. This is a heartier dish than many other Vietnamese noodle dishes and is therefore a filling main meal.
- Ga Tan
Ga tan broth is made from chicken and is a healthy, filling chicken broth that contains meat as well as herbs and spices.
- Bun Bo Nam Bo
This is a bowl of noodles that comes without broth so the ingredients are sharp and perfectly formed, including slices of beef, peanuts, beansprouts, herbs, and crispy shallots. The whole thing is finished off with some fish sauce and chilli pepper.
- Ga Nuong
For the local, healthier version of fried chicken, taste Ga Nuong. The chicken legs and wings are marinated in honey then barbecued, resulting in tender meat with a crispy skin.
- Ca Phe Trung
This is a drink that should probably be classified as a dessert. Vietnamese egg coffee has meringue-like foam on top of the strong Vietnamese coffee that traditionally forms the end of the meal.
This dish is a type of savoury sticky rice that has a number of different variations including chicken pieces, fried eggs, or pork strips. The dish is more of a main meal than an accompaniment and is suitably filling.
- Ca Tim Kho To
An aubergine dish that is expertly cooked with tomatoes, sugar, and soy sauce – sometimes minced beef makes the recipe too – this is a tasty vegetable dish that accompanies other dishes or is sufficient on its own.
This is a Vietnamese porridge with a creamy texture, often with added chicken, duck, fish or beef.
- Bun Cha
Marinated pork belly cooked over a charcoal fire is one of the most popular meaty dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. The crispy pork is served with a bowl of broth and noodles for a memorable meal, from a place like vieteat.co.uk.
- Banh Mi
The famous Vietnamese sandwich is a national treasure, crafted from a crispy baguette with pate, meats, pickles, vegetables and herbs. A treat for either lunch or dinner.
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