If you walk the streets of Vietnam, you will get bombarded with an array of amazing smells from the abundance of street food all around you. One famous street foods that not only can you smell, but hear is Banh Xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepe/pancake)
You will often find Vietnamese desserts topped with a rich and sweet coconut sauce called Nuoc Cot Dua. I like to call this sauce the Asian whipped cream. It is made by simmering coconut milk and sugar, and thickened with a bit of tapioca starch. Pandan leaves (the vanilla extract of Southeast Asia) is then added to steep and flavor the sauce.
Have you tried Central Vietnam’s spicy beef noodle soup? If you lovepho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) and looking for a fiery version, you will like its spicy cousin, Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup).
Bun Bo Hue originates from the city of Hue in Central Vietnam. This popular noodle soup is all about spicy beefy lemongrass flavor and the thick rice noodles that absorbs it all.
General Tso’s chicken (also known as General Tao’s or Tsao’s chicken) is an iconic Chinese-American takeout of deep-fried chicken coated in a thick sweet sauce. It is practically served in all Chinese takeout restaurants here in the States but you won’t find it anywhere in China. This dish was specifically made for the Western palate.
Vietnamese iced coffee is one of the best ways to enjoy the brewed beverage. The bitterness of the espresso cuts through the sweetened diary perfectly. If you are not close to a Vietnamese restaurant to get their authentic iced coffee, here is a Starbucks hack that comes pretty darn close. After a couple of runs to Starbucks and a bit of tweaking, I can confidently say that this tastes like a legit Vietnamese iced coffee.
Silken Tofu in Ginger Syrup (Tau Hu Nuoc Duong) is a light and delicate Vietnamese/Chinese dessert. You may have seen this dessert as one of the many offerings at Dim Sum. In Vietnam, this dessert is commonly sold as street food.
Vietnamese sweet and sour soup (canh chua) is an example of everything that is great about Vietnamese home cooking. It uses a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs to produce a soup of contrasting yet complementary textures and flavors.
Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp, or Tom Rim, is a quick and easy side dish in a traditional Vietnamese home-cooked meal. It's a very simple dish of sweet and savory shrimp that goes wonderfully with steamed white rice.