Mi hoanh thanh (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Mi hoanh thanh | Wonton noodle soup

Wontons are Chinese ravioli, that usually are prepared for soup to accompany a rice table. Although this dish is derived from the Chinese it is also very popular with the Vietnamese. My mom follows her own recipe, without adding too many Chinese ingredients like oyster sauce and soy sauce. A […]

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

Bun bo Hue | Noodle soup from Hue

The national dish Pho bo is the best known and best-loved noodle soup in Vietnam, Bun bo Hue is also highly praised. Some chefs can not make a choice between Pho bo and Bun bo Hue as best soup of Vietnam. The name indicates that the dish is originated in […]

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Bun thang (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Bun Thang | Ladder noodle soup

Bun thang is a traditional noodle soup in Hanoi and that is the explanation why my mother never made this soup before. Many North Vietnamese dishes are unrecognizable or completely unknown to South Vietnamese, even for an expert cook like my mother. There is change since North and South Vietnam […]

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Banh uot kho (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Banh uot kho | Rice flakes

Banh cuon is an ancient dish and comes from North Vietnam. It is steamed rice rolls, filled or unfilled, what determines the name of the dish. Banh cuon (‘cuon’ = role) refers to stuffed rice ravioli and Banh uot (‘uot’ = wet) refers to non-filled rice noodles. However, both names […]

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Hu tieu (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Hu tieu | Noodle soup with xa xiu and shrimps

Almost all broth of Vietnamese noodle soups have the same basis. The longer the cooking process, the more powerful the broth, and the long cooking is definitely a must to give the noodle soups an intense flavor. It’s the subtle additions that give each noodle soup a totally different character. […]

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

Cha ca Ha Noi | Hanoi Kurkuma fish with dill

This recipe I call for convenience Cha ca Ha Noi because the name ‘Cha ca’ can cause confusion. The word ‘cha ca’ actually means fish cakes, but Cha ca Ha Noi has nothing to do with fish cakes, we’re talking about grilled fish here. Most people know the dish as […]

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Mi Quang (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Mi Quang | Quang noodles

Mi Quang comes from central Vietnam in Quang Nam province, where among other things the tourist attraction Hoi An is sited. It’s a fairly simple noodle dish to make, and again by adding and omitting, this dish stands all by itself. The yellow noodles are the only distinctive addition to […]

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

Ca ri ga | Chicken curry

The Hindu influences of the Champa and the Khmer, that ruled between the 2nd and 10th centuries respectively in the central and southern part of Vietnam, introduced curry in Vietnamese cuisine. This dish is like the chicken curry in all other countries a classic dish. In the past my mother […]

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Nem nuong (foto: Pho Vietnam © Kim Le Cao)

Nem nuong | Grilled pork patties

This is yet another overwhelming dish that brings me back to Nha Trang where I’ve had the best Nem nuong, which is not surprising because the dish finds its origing in this coastal town. You can get this dish in whole Vietnam, but it is sometimes unrecognizable because of the […]

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