Bread and Noodles

…but mostly noodles

DSC_0023Vietnam is unique in the way that bread and noodles are both staples in the people’s diet. Most people know about Pho, but on my recent trip to Vietnam I found some other noodle dishes that deserve the same recognition.

1. Pho ga (Noodles with chicken)

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The difference with this pho ga was that it came without soup. I would recommend trying it served this way because the seasoning of the noodles is tastier and you have the option of adding soup to your noodles as you like.

2. Bún riêu cua (crab noodle soup)

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Sweet crab broth with noodles

3.Bánh cuốn (steamed rice noodles filled with pork and mushrooms)

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Freshly steamed noodle sheet wrapped with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, pork and served with a tangy dipping sauce.

4. Bun cha (charcoal grilled pork)

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These tasty pork patties are served in a light sweet and sour sauce and served with fresh vegetables and rice noodles.

5. Bánh đa cá (fish noodle soup)

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I am familiar with fish noodle soup, but I’ve never had any with this sweet broth and dill, which makes this dish unique.

6. Cha Ca La Vong (Hanoi turmeric fish)

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A Hanoi special. Turmeric fish, pan fried in onions and dill then rolled in rice noodles and other fresh herbs and vegetables.

Bánh Mi

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T
he baguette might now be the same kind you’d find in Paris, but this quick snack is famous all around the world for its bright flavors. Try the pâté banh mi if you get the chance.

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