Traveling in Vietnam is not only a scenic experience, but above all it is a very powerful gastronomic experience: it is difficult to categorize all its street food or its noodle soups, but it is enough to know that from north to south the Vietnamese cuisine changes, and a lot.
To the north, towards Hanoi, the flavors are more delicate; in the center towards the imperial citadel of Hue, street food is multiplying, from rice-based pancakes to more elaborate soups such as Bún Bò Huế; in the south, the dishes are getting sweeter and some street foods are really unique, see rice paper pizzathe Bánh Tráng Nuong, very popular among the youngest of Ho Chi Min.
Here we will give you some recipes to start learning Vietnamese cuisine because if you are not planning a trip or if you do not have Vietnamese restaurants in your city, this is your only chance to taste one of the most inimitable kitchens in the world.
Vietnamese recipes: Pho
If you have ever set foot in a Vietnamese restaurant, you will know for sure that Pho is the most famous soup and the dish that never fails. There are obviously different recipes, depending on the families and regions of Vietnam, and in the big cities it is a dish that is also eaten at breakfast, quickly sitting on stools on the sidewalks. Simplifying, it’s a meat broth with herbs, sprouts and rice noodles.
Here the Pho recipe
The Banh Mi
This sandwich filled with everything you want is the legacy of French colonialism: the Vietnamese took the baguette and put their bundle of herbs, cucumbers, pâté and other charcuterie in it. Very hard to eat, even when full, but it’s one of the most satisfying things you’ll ever eat. In addition, if you have trouble with international cuisine, it is a very easy dish, which gently introduces you to the gentle intricacies of Vietnamese cuisine.
Find out how to make this super chignon
Bánh Cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls)
Many may be familiar with raw rice paper rolls containing shrimp and vegetables, but the reality is that Vietnam is full of different types of rolls; some can even be done alone at the table with all the ingredients provided by the restaurant. Those above are the Bánh Cuòn, which are very delicate: here, instead of using the canonical rice paper, steamed rice pancakes are used, which have a higher thickness.
How to make Vietnamese steamed rice rolls
Bánh Tráng Nuong (Vietnamese pizza)
If you stroll through the more modern district of Ho Chi Min, formerly Saigon, it will be easy for you to come across friendly ladies who, with few means at their disposal, roast rice paper pancakes one after the other with dried meat or fish on it. sauces of all kinds, herbs and a quail egg. They cost very little and are great for eating after a few drinks or if you’re still feeling peckish after dinner.
Here we offer you a revisited recipe that uses the same concept and also puts the clams on top.
Cà Phê Trứng (Vietnamese egg coffee)
Those who visit Vietnam for the first time feel compelled to taste the local coffee above all else. There are very popular coffees and also different ways to offer it: the most traditional is the egg coffee, which is said to seem uninviting, while the Vietnamese egg coffee is a kind of coffee with milk. chicken, creamy and sweet. Great.
Here’s the recipe if you want to try making it at home.
Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese pancake with pork and prawns)
Another very popular and famous dish is probably the Vietnamese pancake, which apparently looks like a normal omelet, but besides being filled with meat and shrimp, it also has an exceptional crunch.
How to make Vietnamese pancakes
Here if you also want to try Taiwanese recipes