Make your today amazing by enjoying a traditional Vietnamese dish!
I have to be honest here; I’m not a very traditional Vietnamese girl. I did grew up there but moved to America when I was very young so I missed out on a lot of the traditional cultural aspect of Vietnam. However, I am familiar with some of the more popular dishes/food as I’ve grew up eating them at home. I might not know how to make them, or what goes into cooking them, but I do enjoy eating many types of Vietnamese food. My parents cook at home all the time so I grew up eating a lot of interesting things. Below are a few of my favorite dishes.
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You can never go wrong with Pho. Especially on a cold day, a bowl of Pho will warm you up inside out. You have a choice of chicken, brisket, meatballs, or a combination of all three (the way my mom makes it). A lot of time is put into making the broth so that it can be as flavorful as possible. My mom would boil beef bones for hours so that it can give the broth that wonderful, savory flavor. The longer you let it sit the better it will taste. Along the way she would add store bought seasoning and sauté red onions for extra flavoring. If you’re making chicken Pho then you throw in the chicken to cook along with the broth until the meat is tender. The meatballs can stay shimmering in there with the bones. Beef briskets are left on the side until you are ready to eat. Combine broth, meats, and rice noodles into a bowl, garnish with some lime, cilantro, herbs, and pepper, and enjoy!
Here is a great website with instructions on how to make your own Pho at home.
#2: Banh Mi
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This French baguette is stuffed with plenty of goodness. You can basically stuffed it with whatever you want. One popular kind of banh mi is made with grill pork or grill chicken. Along with the meat you have sliced cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno (if you like), and pickled vegetables (carrots and jicama). Those are the most common ingredients. There are a lot of variety of banh mi nowadays, depending on where you go to eat. I like mine with the grill chicken and extra pickled vegetables.
Make yourself a banh mi today with this recipe.
#3: Banh Xeo
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This crispy crepe is another flexible dish that can be altered to meet one’s taste. Most people put pork and shrimp, along with lots of bean sprouts on theirs. I like mine with a lot of seafood and no pork. The only “vegetable” that really goes on there is the bean sprouts. You garnish it with fresh herbs when its ready to eat. The crepes are always yellow because the powder that is used into the batter is dyed yellow. My mom used to make her batter with milk and beer. Serve it hot with a fish sauce made with peppers and it is delicious.
Learn how to make your own banh xeo here.
#4: Cha Gio (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)
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We cannot forget this all time favorite appetizer. I sometime call these “egg rolls” because I grew up thinking that they’re all the same thing. However, if you’ve eaten the this spring rolls before you will notice that it taste totally different than the ones you get from Chinese restaurants or take-out. Since my mom is not around to make them anymore I would go to Bistro B, an eatery where I live, to get them. They taste just like my mom’s homemade ones. She would make them with ground pork, shrimp, mushrooms, and carrots. All the ingredients mixed together along with other seasonings, and then wrapped in thin rice paper. We would keep ours in the freezer and when we want to eat them we just get some out and throw them directly into the oil to be fried. Don’t forget to dip them into fish/chilli sauce before eating!
You can make your own Vietnamese spring rolls using this great recipe.
There are many other great Vietnamese dishes that are not mentioned here. I cannot possibly list everything Vietnamese that I love to eat; this blog will never end. Like I’ve mentioned before, I do not know much about the root of Vietnamese cooking nor do I claim to, but from my personal experience I can gladly say that Vietnamese food are amazingly delicious! Do you have a favorite Vietnamese dish/food that you’ve ate or would like to try? Leave a comment and let us know!