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Top Vietnamese Dishes You Must Try – Limitless dishes of delight

Vietnam is renowned for its oriental gourmet delights that are centred on different forms of cooked rice. Here are some top Vietnamese dishes that you must try to experience unique flavours.

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PHO

PHO

Pho is another favourite noodle soup that you must try when in Vietnam. Pho denotes to rice noodles and not only just soup itself. These rice noodles have become part and parcel with the staple soup that is served with different types of meat parts, mostly beef or chicken. Also bean sprouts, essential green items such as mint, basil, onions, lime wedges, and other chilli sauces go into the preparation. Fish sauce is a key ingredient used to cook the dish where the broth is seasoned according to your preference. This is quite a cheap soup but tasty and very popular to serve for breakfast in Hanoi, Vietnam. There are many outlets that sell this tasty dish so it is easy to drop into any restaurant in order to savour it. Another variety is the northern style pho that is available in Hanoi. This dish can be identified by the clear broth compared with the southern-style broth that is usually sweeter coming with added sauces along with many other herbs and garnishes.

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BUN CHA

BUN CHA

Try this rice vermicelli commonly known as bun which is a staple diet consumed in every part of Vietnam. Especially a must order dish is the bun cha and it will be a pity if you leave Vietnam without trying this popular tasty dish. It is prepared with ingredients like grilled pork sausage patties, bean sprouts, basket of herbs, pickled vegetables, with added nuoc cham sauce that is poured over the entire surface. You can also find vermicelli in many other noodle soups such as bun rieu which is a tomato broth soup coming with crab. Another dish you can give it ago is bun bo hue which is a beef oriented food item. Such dishes can be tried at a Hoi An restaurant located by the street side or at the hotel you are staying in such as Anantara Hoi An Resort. Remember that there are plenty of bun dishes that are available in Vietnam to dip into while you are there which are very popular and delicious.

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BANH MI

BANH MI

Banh mi is a commonly found dish in many other countries. But the real taste of this delicious dish can be only savoured in Vietnam. It has a history that dates back to French colonial days where the imperial forces stationed in Vietnam brought their crusty baguettes with them. Later the Vietnamese made this yummy sandwich entirely one of their own items and used fillings such as pork belly, meat balls and fish cakes joined by daikon, pickled carrots and chillies.

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BANH CUON

BANH CUON

The range of banh dishes that you can try in Hanoi include many steamed rice dishes that look like cakes. These are very soft & delicate. Try the banh cuon when it is served straight from the steamer and you will get addicted to it. This dish is prepared by dipping scoops of rice flour mixed batter onto the hot steamer and then covering it with a lid for few seconds. After that, the thin sheets together with a bamboo stick are carefully moved to a tray that is filled with pork and minced mushrooms. Each bite you take needs to be topped with small pieces of deep fried shallot and dipped into nuoc cham sauce. Another variety to this dish is the banh beo which means 'water fern cake. It comes from the old imperial city Hue located in central Vietnam. This can be tried by topping it with chopped shrimp, mung bean paste, scallions, crispy fried shallots with added fish sauce.