The quintessential Vietnamese dishes that satisfy all senses
Pho Viet - Top 20 culinary experience in the world
Pho has long been considered a symbol in Vietnamese culinary culture. Pho is derived from Nam Dinh, with ingredients including noodles and broth with beef or thin chicken slices. Also served with spices such as fish sauce, lemon, chilli, pepper, Pho is not only a daily dish of Vietnamese people but also contains the soul of Vietnamese Cuisine by the combination of many ingredients to make a perfect broth, such as beef broth, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, grilled ginger, cloves, coriander seeds, and dried onions, etc. filter, if it is beef, then there are all kinds such as beef, steak, bucket are cooked or fully cooked, if it is chicken, it must be chicken, let it cool and tear thinly for sweet meat. At the same time, the stage for making noodles must also be paid special attention. Traditionally, "noodles" have to be made from new rice flour, coated into very thin sheets and then used with a knife to cut the yarn, cutting so well that the bread does not break but still thin and long, when the bread still retains moderate toughness. Especially, Pho must be eaten when it is hot and can be eaten with some herbs depending on the region.
Traditional Pho ( Photo: delightfulplate.com)
Many culinary experts around the world have also recognized Pho of Vietnam, especially in 2018, the publisher moved to the world's leading prestigious travel handbooks - Lonely Planet has released a list of 500 culinary experiences of the world's most wonderful food, the prestigious Vietnamese Pho is ranked in the top 20 unforgettable culinary experiences worldwide.
Bun Cha - A simple and delicate Vietnamese cuisine
Along with Pho, Bun Cha is a dish not to be missed when talking about Vietnamese cuisine. According to CNN, pho may be the most famous dish but bun cha is the first choice for lunch in Hanoi. This dish originated from Northern Vietnam, has similar characteristics to the meat noodle dish in the Central and the South, but the fish sauce mixes the bar and has a lighter flavor.
Bun Cha (Photo: delightfulplate.com)
Bun cha looks simple but the stage of selecting materials and processing is relatively sophisticated, the type of bun in this noodle dish is usually combined by two types: pork ball and pieces of meat. Pork ball is made from lean pork shoulder minced with marinated fish sauce, sugar, pepper, chopped shallots and then squeezed into individual balls. Pieces of meat are often used underarm meat or thinly sliced bacon marinated with spice itself. Both meats are roasted over charcoal until they are cooked to have a golden color and a distinct aroma. After the meat is cooked, use it with a bowl of fish sauce mixed with full of sweet and sour taste, along with crooked or kohlrabi, carrots mixed with vinegar. There are also more raw vegetables such as lettuce, coriander, basil, marjoram, perilla, etc. Regarding the traditional noodle, it must be a small vermicelli, each squeezed vermicelli rolled into a small size so that it can be picked up. when eating but now for convenience people have gradually replaced with the kind of small tangled noodles.
US President Barack Obama with famous chef Anthony Bourdain eat Bun Cha
Bun cha is a famous gift in the eyes of the world friends because of the familiar image of former US President Barack Obama with famous chef Anthony Bourdain during a visit to Vietnam at Huong Lien bun cha restaurant. clearly the status of this dish in Vietnamese cuisine.
La Vong grilled chopped fish - Bursting with flavor
La Vong grilled fish is the name of Hanoi specialty fish ball, this is a combination of rice noodles and fish ball made from fish. Fish must be fresh fish, boned and then sliced, marinated with galangal, turmeric, batch, pepper and shrimp paste in a special way for at least two hours and then grilled on the grill until golden. Before eating, the pan will be heated with a little extra fat, served with scallions and dill, dotted with shrimp paste to create a fragrant aroma. It is said that this dish has existed since the French colonial period, at 14 Hang Son street, now La Vong street, there is a family of Doan family, they often take their house as a place of refuge in De Tham army. The host is kind and makes fish cake to treat guests for a long time, these guests help their family to open a fish shop. In this restaurant, there is always a La Vong - Khuong Tu Nha sitting with a fishing pillow - a symbol of a talented but waiting person. The guests who came here later became known as La Vong grilled fish. Yet it is now the birth name for this unique dish and the family heirloom of the whole Doan family. Through many ups and downs of history, the taste of grilled fish has remained intact until now. There are also some variations when substituting for other types of fish due to the season, not always the seller offers fresh fresh fish every day. A famous dish of Hanoi, many famous chefs like James Beard, Chris Shepherd also have to swim far to the small streets in Hanoi to try this unique dish and can't help admiring praise, eating once is unforgettable. Besides, Cha Ca La Vong is one of three Asian restaurants on the "must-try list" of two Bloomberg reporters, besides Sushi Saito in Tokyo, Japan and Helga’s Folly in Sri Lanka.
Egg Coffee - The most unique drink in the world
Referring to egg coffee, we have to mention Giang coffee because this is the place to make this excellent coffee, unique flavor that is nowhere to be found. This is the oldest cafe in Hanoi and has a life expectancy of more than 70 years. Egg coffee was born from here, created by Mr. Nguyen Van Giang. In the old days, when he was young, he made a drink at the 5-star Sofitel Metropole Hanoi once because of the lack of fresh milk to make coffee, he thought of a way to use egg whisk instead. Since then this excellent coffee was born. Strong coffee combined with being beaten by eggs, the skill of the maker is to balance the taste of coffee as well as the taste of eggs, beaten eggs so that it is not enough to be fishy, the percentage of coffee and Eggs must be balanced so that diners can feel both flavors at the same time. Over the years, since 1946, Giang coffee has become a typical beverage of Hanoi that everyone who travels far away must remember. Especially in the US-Korea Summit held in Vietnam in 2019, Giang's egg coffee was chosen to serve foreign diplomats and reporters with a huge number of over 3,000 cups.
Egg Coffee (Photo:https://www.exoticvoyages.com/)
American television channel CNN once considered egg coffee as one of Hanoi's most impressive specialties. Prtimes.jp has also reported on the event that Giang Café is in the land of Sunrise with the first facility located at 78-3 Yamashita Street, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. This newspaper also proudly introduces that Giang Coffee is "delicious egg cafe originating from Hanoi Old Quarter, Vietnam". At present, Giang Café has only one address at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, receiving many domestic and international visitors each day.
Through many years of history and crystallization of foreign culture, Vietnam has retained its unique culinary culture and constantly created new dishes suitable for domestic and foreign tourists. Vietnamese cuisine is always deeply rooted in the memories of Vietnamese people so that no matter who goes away, they always remember, always love and wait to enjoy the unforgettable and unique flavor in the world.
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