5 Classic Vietnamese Dishes

Vietnamese cuisine features endless variety and extraordinary flavors.

  • Hanoi Beef and Rice Noodle Soup
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Hanoi Beef and Rice Noodle Soup

    Also known as Pho Bo, this fragrant and flavorful dish creates a distinctive broth by combining beef oxtail–which is easy on the wallet–with additional flavors like fresh ginger, radish, fish sauce, cloves, and cinnamon. Once the broth is made, add vegetables, beef, chiles, and fresh herbs to round out this traditional Vietnamese soup.

    Recipe: Hanoi Beef and Rice Noodle Soup

  • Vietnamese Summer Rolls
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Vietnamese Summer Rolls

    These light and delicate rolls combine the best of both texture worlds: Soft with a little bit of crunch. Add tender shrimp, the brightness of mint and basil, plus dipping sauce with a squeeze of citrus, and you've got a perfect appetizer.

    Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Rolls

  • Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Bowl
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris

    Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Bowl

    With the distinctive flavor of star anise, the sweetness of cinnamon, the heat of ginger, and the brightness of fresh herbs–your palate will be fully satisfied. Be sure to marinate the meat a day in advance for the richest flavor.

    Recipe: Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Bowl

  • Lemongrass Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli and Vegetables
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Lemongrass Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli and Vegetables

    Known in Vietnam as Bun Tom Nuong Xa, this dish features grilled shrimp, vermicelli, lettuce, crisp veggies, fresh mint, and peanuts, making it perfect for enjoying on warm summer nights. Substitute chicken, pork, or beef if you prefer.

    Recipe: Lemongrass Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli and Vegetables

  • Cold Soba Noodles with Vietnamese Pork
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cold Soba Noodles with Vietnamese Pork

    For incredible and authentic Vietnamese flavor, cut tender pork cutlets in strips and marinate in sesame oil, green onions, fish sauce, tamari, and brown sugar before pan-cooking. Serve over a mixture of soba noodles, napa cabbage, and bell pepper.

    Recipe: Cold Soba Noodles with Vietnamese Pork

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