Sample Vietnamese Cuisine

Often referred to as the lighter side of Asian cuisine, Vietnamese dishes include light soups, stir-fries, and noodle bowls featuring fresh ingredients and fragrant spices. Grab your chopsticks and enjoy.

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

    Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Bowl

    Prepare the meat the night before and let it marinate overnight, then cook and combine with cooked noodles and thinly sliced red chiles for a one-bowl dinner that's packed with the bright Asian flavors of sake, star anise, ginger, and fish sauce. Users raved that this recipe topped the dishes they get at traditional Vietnamese restaurants.
  • Vietnamese Summer Rolls
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Vietnamese Summer Rolls

    Make a no-cook dish that can work as an appetizer (1 roll) or main dish (2 rolls). Bean sprouts and threads, shredded carrots, and lettuce add a memorable crunch to the shrimp rolls. Don't forget the five-ingredient dipping sauce–it's the star of this recipe.
  • Vietnamese Calamari Herb Salad
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Vietnamese Calamari Herb Salad

    Pair seafood with lots of fresh herbs in traditional Vietnamese style. The bright, fresh flavor of parsley, cilantro, basil, and mint perfectly complement the rich, lightly-fried squid. Buy frozen, cleaned calamari to save time and get this dish on the table in about 30 minutes.
  • Peppery Grilled Shrimp (Tom Nuong Toi Xa Ot)
    Lisa Romerein

    Peppery Grilled Shrimp (Tom Nuong Toi Xa Ot)

    Marinate shrimp in a spicy mixture of lemon grass, garlic, red chili sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice before skewering and grilling for about three minutes on each side. Remember to soak the empty skewers in water before putting them on the grill to prevent burning. Take this recipe inside and cook on a grill pan or under a broiler, if you prefer.
  • Vietnamese-style Turkey Subs
    Annabelle Breakey

    Vietnamese-style Turkey Subs

    Traditional Vietnamese sandwiches are spread with a thin layer of chicken-live pate, so feel free to spread a little on your baguette before topping with turkey, veggies, and chili paste, for a little heat. Serve for an inspired weekday lunch or light dinner.
  • Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce
    Scott Peterson

    Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce

    At your next cocktail party, serve a twist on the traditional spring roll by dishing up spicy lettuce wraps packed with plump shrimp, crispy cellophane noodles, and a spicy lime sauce, for dipping. You can find cellophane noodles in Asian grocery stores, or substitute rice if you prefer.
  • Sautéed Tofu (Dau Hu Xao Dau Hao)
    Lisa Romerein

    Sautéed Tofu (Dau Hu Xao Dau Hao)

    Stir-fry tofu in a simple sauce of oyster sauce, sugar, fish sauce, and olive oil. Garnish with cilantro and a sprinkle of black pepper, and serve with rice of over noodle salad for a meatless one-bowl meal.
  • Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Rice Noodle Salad
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Rice Noodle Salad

    Bring the tastes of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter to the table all in one dish to get your taste buds dancing. A respectable dose of sugar balances the savory fish sauce, tart vinegar, and lime juice, and bitter fresh herbs. This fresh-tasting dish is sure to make your regular rotation.
  • Lemongrass Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli and Vegetables (Bun Tom Nuong Xa)
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Lemongrass Shrimp over Rice Vermicelli and Vegetables (Bun Tom Nuong Xa)

    The sauce in this dish, nuoc cham, is a staple in every Vietnamese meal. Drizzle it over meats, rice, or noodles. The raw ingredients make this dish ideal for summer dining, but enjoy it year round with shrimp, beef, chicken, or pork.
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