The cuisine of Vietnam is known for its distinct flavours that embrace the “five fundamental tastes” — sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty. From noodle soups to banh mi and everything in between, here are the palate-pleasing Vietnamese dishes you should add to your meal rotation.
Chicken Summer Rolls
For a light meal or snack, these rolls filled with shredded chicken, crunchy cucumber and carrots, lettuce and rice hit the spot. Serve them along with a simple homemade peanut dipping sauce.
Bun Bo Hue
Unlike the more common beef pho, this soup is made with a sweet, sour and salty pork and beef stock. Originating in the central Vietnamese city of Hue, it was once served at the royal court.
Shortcut Beef Pho
When you want beef pho but don’t have the time to slowly simmer the stock, this quick recipe uses deli-sliced roast beef, items from your pantry, and Chinese five-spice powder in place of whole spices like cloves, cinnamon and star anise.
Vietnamese-Style Pork Skewers
These grilled pork skewers are first marinated with a mix of lemongrass, citrus and fish sauce, then served with a rice noodle salad featuring carrot and cucumber.