Each traditional hVietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of five fundamental taste elements. Common ingredients include salt, fish sauce, rice, fresh herbs, tropical fruits and egetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, garlic, ginger, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, onion, Saigon cinnamon, chili, pepper, lime, and basil leaves.
Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables.
Bun, Pho, Mien (Noodle,
Noodle soup with a rich, clear broth made from a long boiling of meat and spices, its many varieties are made with different meats such as chicken or beef. Pho is typically served in bowls with spring onion, slices of semicooked beef or chicken, and broth. This dish originated from the North of Vietnam, specially famous in Hanoi. In the south, bean sprouts and various herbs are also added.
Bun Bo Hue
Noodle soup with spicy sliced beef originated from Hue city in Central Vietnam. Beef bones, fermented shrimp paste, lemongrass, pig’s legs in small pieces and dried satay chilies give the broth its distinctive flavors. Often served with mint leaves, bean sprouts, sliced banana flowers and lime wedges.
Noodle soup made of thin rice noodles, topped with crab and shrimp paste, served in a tomato-based broth and garnished with soft sliced banana tree, bean sprouts, prawn paste, herb leaves, sliced spinach, slime, tofu, water spinach, and chunks of tomato.
Banh (cake/ bánh)
Banh canh porridge (Cháo bánh canh) is a popular, delicious and cheap dish in Central Vietnam, specially in Quang Binh province. Named as porridge but it’s cooked from 2 main ingredients: fiber noodles and peeled shrimp, the peeled shrimp can be replaced with pork ribs, sliced fishes for diffrent tastes.
Com (steamed/ fried rice)
Com is steamed rice, but Com tam is different from the normal steamed rice, this kind of Com is steamed from broken rice, means that Com tam is steamed broken rice. In general, steamed broken rice served with grilled pork and thinly shredded pork skin, use with sweet and sour fish sauce. The steamed broken rice is also served with various kind of meat such as chicken, beef and pickled vegetables, along fried egg, grilled prawns. This dish is popular in SaiGon for anytime of a day
Com chien/ com rang