There’s no denying that the world is going gung-ho over Asian food. From sticky, gooey ramen to mouthwatering Vietnamese pho and yummy kimchi – there are many ways to enjoy Asian cuisine. If you aren’t too familiar with Vietnamese food, it’s a great time to start exploring it in detail. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the fact that Vietnamese dishes are one of the hottest trends right now. From its complex favours to its simple preparation methods, this Asian cuisine is defnitely worth trying out. Here are 6 delicious Vietnamese dishes you must try out this month:
Banh Xeo – Vietnamese pancake
If you want to try something hot, crispy, and stuffed with yummy goodness, try this Vietnamese pancake. Banh Xeo is one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes and is a must-have when you visit a Vietnamese restaurant. The dish consists of a crepe-like pancake stuffed with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and eggs. The pancake is topped with lettuce, coriander, peanuts, and a special sauce. Banh Xeo is usually served with noodles or rice, but you can also serve it as a starter at a party. The best part about this dish is that you can make variations by adding different vegetables. You can also swap the meat with tofu or vegetables to make it a vegetarian dish. If you want a mouthwatering meal that is easy to make, this is the dish to go for. Traditionally the pancake is made using only rice four, meaning it is gluten-free Vietnamese food.
Com Tam – a Vietnamese rice dish
This rice dish is a fusion of Southern and Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Com Tam is basically rice served with grilled pork, pork liver, fried shallots, shrimps and pickled vegetables. The rice is served on a large, fat, wooden slab called ‘Com’. The dish is often eaten with thick, sweet fsh sauce and a chilli sauce to balance out the favours. Com Tam is generally served with a side of fresh herbs, fried
garlic and bean sprouts. Visually, the dish is quite appealing and is sure to catch your attention. Com Tam is easy to make and can be served as a snack or a light meal. It’s a great option if you want to experiment with favours and want to try out a fusion dish.
Bun Bo Nam Bo – Beef stew with vermicelli
This Vietnamese bun bo nam bo recipe is a great choice for a warm winter day. The dish is a fusion between Northern and Southern Vietnamese cuisine. The most notable thing about this dish is the use of fermented shrimp paste. The paste adds a unique favour to the dish and is a must-have ingredient. The vermicelli used in this dish is nothing like the ones we eat at home. It’s a Vietnamese noodle made from rice four and is similar to Chinese egg noodles. You can garnish the dish with peanuts, coriander and herbs for a beautiful presentation. If you are new to Vietnamese cooking, this is a great dish to start with. It is easy to make and is packed with favour.
Pho – Vietnamese noodle bowl
This Vietnamese noodle bowl is a classic and is almost always on a Vietnamese menu. The dish is made with a fragrant broth and a selection of fresh veggies such as bean sprouts, coriander, and chillies. At the bottom of the bowl are noodles made from rice. It is a simple dish but is actually very complex in terms of favours. Pho is often served with a side of fresh sliced meat (usually beef or chicken). You can also add other ingredients such as hoisin sauce, chilli fakes, and soy sauce. Pho is often eaten for breakfast but can make for a great lunch or dinner option as well. With its amazing favours and overall simplicity, Pho is one of the most popular dishes to order at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Goi Cuon – Shrimp and pork roll
This Vietnamese dish is sure to catch your attention with its beautiful presentation. Goi Cuon is a fresh roll wrapped in moist rice paper and served with a side of peanut sauce. The roll is made with shrimp, pork, noodles, and vegetables. You can also add unripe banana if you want to add a unique favour to the dish. Rice paper is a Vietnamese staple and can be used in many ways.
You can make the common Vietnamese spring rolls, rolls with herbs like mint and coriander, or even fll it with vegetables and dip it in peanut sauce. This dish is great for parties or casual get-togethers with friends and family. It is easy to make and can be served as an appetizer or even a snack. You can experiment with different favours and even make it vegetarian or vegan by swapping the meat for tofu or veggies.
These are 6 delicious Vietnamese dishes you must try out this month. From a hot and crispy pancake to a warm and favourful noodle bowl, there are many dishes to choose from. If you want to try something new and exciting, these dishes are the perfect choice. With their complex favours and interesting ingredients, these dishes are defnitely worth a try. Whether you are a beginner or a pro when it comes to Asian food, there’s something for everyone.