Cuisines are, no doubt, the best way to begin with to learn about any culture. Pizza reminds us of Italy, tandoori reminds us of India and dumpling reminds us of China. These mainstream dishes have distinctive flavor to their respective nations. For a change, let’s shift the focus from Pizza and dumpling to something new, something interesting, and something that is delicious in its own way. Here is a new taste from Southeast Asian country, Vietnam. Known for its healthy food cooked with fresh ingredients Vietnamese cuisine is simple but full of flavor that will excite your taste buds.
The direct translation of Pho to English would be ‘soup’. It is a soup made up of rice noodles, herbs and meat broth. Being a popular street food in Vietnam, this dish is a specialty of many Vietnamese restaurants around the world. This soup can be a perfect thing to try on an unpredictable cold and windy day. There are options to choose from- Pork Pho, Seafood Pho, Shrimp Pho, and Chicken Pho, and yes if you are a vegetarian, Vegetables and Tofu Pho. While you experience a new cuisine, your buds get to experience an entirely new taste.
Unlike the name, it is not mandatorily a summer dish. Would you eat spring rolls just in spring? That sounds hilarious. Summer rolls are prepared in rice wrappers and fried deep to golden brown. Filled with fresh lettuce, cucumber, carrot, rice noodles and served with homemade sauce, these rolls are available in chicken, shrimp, pork, and tofu options.
Bun Thit Nuong
The name is too complex but the dish is simply wow! This Vietnamese dish is basically Rice noodles topped with option of your choice (Chicken, Pork, Tofu; usually marinated in lemongrass), spring rolls, shredded green salads made with radish and carrot pickle, crushed peanuts and served with Vietnamese sweet and sour sauce. Who isn’t curious to taste this complicated dish?
Glass noodles soup
Glass noodles are rice noodles that got its name as it is clear and transparent. These are available with various options to choose from. You can choose beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, tofu or plain.
Grilled Basa fish
This is a dish served with steamed rice. It is not necessarily an authentic Vietnamese cuisine but it is something you would want to try if you visit Pho99 or Viet Ngon Saigon Pho. Like I mentioned earlier, this Basa fish imported from Vietnam is grilled in lemon and ginger and goes best with steam rice. And it is served boneless!