This noodle soup is most commonly eaten for breakfast, although
it is served throughout the day. It is served most often with chicken
or beef, but occasionally pork, in a steaming broth seasoned with
different types of natural spices. Pho is served with a heaping
plate of fresh greens and bean sprouts and usually a selection of
spicy sauces and sliced hot red chili peppers.
Cha Gio or Nem Ran(Fried spring roll): This
dish is popular both locally and internationally, is called Cha
Gio in the south and Nem Ran in the north. Some of the ingredients
used for Cha Gio includes lean minced pork, sea crabs or unshelled
shrimps, mushroom, dried onion, duck eggs, pepper, salt and different
kinds of seasoning. They are then rolled tightly in rice paper and
deep-fried. It is served with lettuce, cucumber and Nuoc Mam sauce.
Chao, or rice porridge, is the Vietnamese answer to chicken
soup. It is most often served with small pieces of chicken or beef.
It is served with Nuoc Mam and lemon grass.
Nuoc Mam, a thin, brown, salty liquid is a native sauce made from
a mixture of fermented fish, water and sugar. This strong-smelling,
sour-tasting sauce is served with just about everything and every
Bun or Vietnamese vermicelli is a popular dish. There are a
variety of vermicellis, namely "bun roi" (stirred vermicelli), "bun
mam" (twisted vermicelli), "bun la" (vermicelli paper) and "bun
dem tram" (shred vermicelli). Vermicelli can be served with different
ingredients, such as grilled pork meat, fried rice cakes, snails,
fried eggs, lean meat pie, chicken, and crab soup, only to name
a few. Each region and locality has its own vermicelli dishes with
their own recipes.
Chung(Sticky rice cake):
Sticky rice cakes, or locally known as Banh Chung are a Vietnamese
traditional dish that is a must of Tet (the Lunar New Year) meals.
It is made of glutinous rice, pork meat, and green beans paste wrapped
in a square of bamboo leaves, giving the rice a green colour after
boiling. Making sticky rice cakes is a very meticulous job and needs
skillful hands especially when tying the cakes with bamboo strings.
Com(Boiled rice): To the Vietnamese people, Com is used for
the main meals of the day (lunch and dinner). Rice is eaten together
with a variety of different dishes and is made from different kinds
of rice. Typically fragrant rice is used, such as Tam Thom and Nang
Huong. An ordinary meal may consist of boiled rice and the following:
Mon an kho (meal without soup) consists of dishes of pork,
fish, shrimp, and vegetable stirred in fat, as well as vegetable
Mon canh (meal with soup) consists of a soup made with pork
or spare-ribs, crab meat, and fish.
Gio Lua (Lean pork pie):
Gio lua consists of pork meat wrapped in fresh banana leaves.
The little bundles are then boiled. The most delicious part of lean
pork pie is the top layer since it absorbs the banana leaves aroma.