What's your favorite breakfast in Vietnam

Vietnam: 7 popular dishes

Vietnamese cuisine is represented and known far beyond its national borders. So you don't necessarily have to travel to Vietnam to try Vietnamese food, you can also do so in one of the many restaurants in Germany.

Our 7 favorite dishes from Vietnamese cuisine

The history of the food in Vietnam has made it a bit French (e.g. the delicious Banh Mi Sandwich) and Chinese coined. Vietnam's cuisine is really tasty and diverse. As the selection of dishes was partial huge In this article we will introduce you to our 7 favorite Vietnamese dishes. We haven't really tried all of them yet and there will definitely be more articles on this in the future.


1. Pho

Pho is that most popular noodle soup Vietnam and a real classic of the local cuisine. Pho is served in a clear broth. This contains rice noodles and the meat. The most commonly eaten variants are included Pho Bo (with beef) or Pho Ga (with chicken).

Spring onions, chillies, mint, soy and fish sauce are served with the pho soup. In some restaurants there is also some basil on the table. With these ingredients you can enrich your soup and season it as you like.

Pho is often referred to as breakfast eaten and it can be found almost everywhere in Vietnam. However, you can eat them just as well for lunch or dinner. You should definitely try the soup once!

2. Bun Cha

Bun Cha is a dish that is currently in the area around the capital Hanoi is very well known and loved by locals and tourists. The traditional bun cha has few ingredients and can therefore be prepared quickly, which also makes it a popular street food.

The combination of rice noodles and grilled pork are the main ingredients of Bun Cha. The dish is enriched with pickled vegetables such as papaya or carrots as well as onions, coriander and other fresh herbs.

Outside of the Hanoi region you can sometimes find the dish under a different name (Bun Thit Nuong). It's not exactly the same dish, but a very similar one.

3. Banh Beo Tom

Banh Beo Tom are simply called a kind Rice cookies. These are then topped with spring onions and ground and dried shrimp. In addition, you will be served a small bowl of fish sauce with which you can drizzle the rice cookies before you eat them. Delicious!

4. Banh Mi

Banh Mi is that Vietnamese sandwichthat comes from the country's French influences. A classic of Vietnamese cuisine and absolutely delicious, whether for breakfast or as a snack in between! We ate it almost every day.

The preparation methods of Banh Mi can be very different. The best known variants are certainly Op La and Thit. While Train Wed Op La is filled with a fried egg Banh Mi Thit Served with various types of meat and a pate.

The Banh Mi Sandwich is complemented with some vegetables, herbs and a chilli sauce, which is generally not too spicy. Unless there are still a few chilli pieces hidden there. Of course, you cannot always order spicy.

5. Cao Lau

Cao Lau is another traditional Vietnamese dish, but only in Hoi An to find. The unique noodles from Cao Lau are made directly in Hoi An and are therefore only available there, as there are only three families who know this recipe.

Cao Lau's meat is marinated with five spices, which gives it a special taste. There are also various herbs, mung bean sprouts and roasted onions.

Cao Lau combines the tastes sour, bitter and sweet with each other, which is what makes it special. Of course, there are also a few differences in the preparation methods. But if you ever find Cao Lau, be sure to try it as it is a really rare dish.

6. Banh Xeo

The dish Banh Xeo is also often called the Vietnamese variant of the Crepes or pancake designated. Because depending on the type of preparation, Banh Xeo can sometimes be crispy or very soft. We tried the soft version and thought it was great.

The preparation of Banh Xeo is relatively easy, because the dish requires only a few ingredients. These include rice flour, water, eggs and coconut milk as basic ingredients and then vegetables, shrimp or other meat are added. Depending on how the whole thing is prepared by the chef. By the way, it is also a popular dish for starters in Vietnam.

7. Goi Cuon Tom Thit

These Summer rolesGoi Cuon Tom Thit, in Vietnamese, are a dish that we have come to love in Vietnam. They provide a kind of fresh spring rolls, but they are completely different from what we mean by spring rolls in Germany.

The summer rolls are made from rice paper and are therefore often almost transparent. They are filled with iceberg lettuce, mint, glass noodles and mostly fresh shrimp. Goi Cuon Tom Thit is neither fried nor boiled and therefore extremely healthy.

A peanut and chili sauce is then served with the summer rolls, in which you can dip the rolls. They give the whole thing an absolutely delicious aftertaste. In addition, the summer rolls lie lightly in the stomach, which is nice especially in the heat in Southeast Asia.

Do you like vietnamese food? What is your favorite Vietnamese dish? Let us know in the comments.

Photos: Photo 2 (Bun Cha): WordRidden / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) - Photo 5 (Cao Lau): Prince Roy / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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