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.
Shortcut Noodle-Bowl Lettuce Wraps
In a twist on the Vietnamese noodle salad, large butter lettuce leaves are filled with pork loin, ramen and vegetables. They’re delicious, satisfying and ready in just 10 minutes. Make time for a home-cooked meal with these easy dinner recipes ready in 15 minutes or less.
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.
Vietnamese Chicken Salad
There may be more prep work that goes into this dish, but what makes or breaks the chicken salad is the nuoc cham sauce, so pay careful attention to the recipe for the best results!
Vietnamese Grilled Smoked Pork Chop Rice Bowls
Dinner in 20 minutes begins with smoked pork chops basted with a sweet and spicy sauce and then popped on a grill for five minutes. Slice the pork and serve on a bed of cooked rice with a drizzle of the reserved sauce.
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.