Cao lau (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Cao lau | Cao lau noodles

Hoi An is a historic town in central Vietnam which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The former harbor town of the Champa kingdom is a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European influences. Despite the fragile wooden architecture and the long contiguous war in Vietnam the city […]

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Pho cuon thit bo (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Pho cuon thit bo | Beef rice noodle rolls

This lukewarm dish can be served in different ways. I opt for the quick version, because it makes no difference for the taste. Instead of the time consuming rolling up of the meat into the rice noodle sheets, I stir the sheets in the stir-fried beef. I do not make […]

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Banh hoi heo quay (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Heo quay | Roast pork belly

Roasted pork belly with banh hoi is a delicious treat that is not regularly served. Banh hoi is usually made on special occasions, like at weddings, holidays and memorial days. Other than the rice noodles and vermicelli with different sizes, Banh hoi consists of very fine rice vermicelli. After soaking […]

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Cha ca chien (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Cha ca chien | Fish cakes

Vietnamese fish cakes are not comparable to Thai fish cakes (Tod man pla) that are often served with sweet chili sauce as a starter in Thai eateries. The fish patties are a particular specialty in my hometown Quy Nhon. No wonder the fish cakes of my mother are unparalleled. She […]

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Bun bo xao xa (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Bun bo xao sa | Noodle salad with lemon grass beef

Bun bo xao sa is a lukewarm salad with lots of fresh ingredients, very characteristic of the southern cuisine in Vietnam. It’s such a classic dish that’s almost never missing on the menu of restaurants. A simple meal which comes in various forms, but can only succeed with fresh ingredients. […]

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Pho ga (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Pho ga | Pho with chicken

Pho ga carries the same name as the national dish of Vietnam Pho (bo), “bo” refers to beef and “ga” to chicken. Pho ga, however, is no equivalent of Pho bo. There will be few Vietnamese who prefer the chicken variant above the national dish, apart from the people who […]

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