If you are looking for exquisite food to ease your palette and can’t find anything good around you then maybe it’s the time to take a trip to Vietnam. From Pho to Goicuon to Nem ran to Rau muong, local delicacies of Vietnam are not at all complex. The food there can be described in two words, distinct and unforgettable. The traditional street side food in Vietnam generally depends upon the balance of salts, pepper and various other essential items. Let’s take a look at the top food items you must try in Vietnam:
It is impossible to find a block in major cities of Vietnam where Pho is not there, and on top of that it is cheap, tastes good and available at all the times. A local diet consisting of salty broth, rice noodles and toppings of herbs and chicken make it a simpley delightful.
GOI CUON- the Vietnamese spring roll with peanut sauce:
The most famous Vietnamese dish. It includes almost all the local delicacies of Vietnam. It is a crispy shell surrounding a meat filling and a soft veggie to sooth your taste buds. Light and fresh spring rolls work their charm in their own special way. A southern variation has barbecued strips of pork in it, which is served with a rich adrenaline filled peanut sauce.
BANH MI for the healthy eater:
One of the best traditional street side food to have in Vietnam. It resembles a subway. It is so good that is has been imitated all around the globe. A sandwich filled with green veggies upon which you can add your choice of fillings and sauces. What better can you expect?
BOT CHIEN one of the local delicacies of Vietnam for spicy lovers:
Street snacks are a must have after school and at midnight. Botchien is the favorite snack of many. It consists of chunks of rice flour that are fried until they become crispy. They are served with slices of papaya and a mixture of green onion, chili sauce and rice vinegar. It’s for those who love spicy food.
Pork lovers should try CAO LAU
The pride of Central Vietnam- it’s a mouthwatering dish. Bean sprouted bowl of thick rice flour noodles. It has everything a good and spicy and delightful dish ought to have. You’ll find croutons pork, mint, toppings of thin slices of pork and rice flour crackers in it sprinkled with rice It is certainly one of foods you must try in Vietnam.
A few other local delicacies of Vietnam you should try or even make at home
Coffee lovers would love the serving style of Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee…it is yummy and it is served with style. You must have it, to know it. There are no exotic coffee blends neither it has the latest quick cup trend. But you must have a Vietnamese Coffee filter to try it at home. The Vietnamese filter is made up of pure stainless steel and it is very easy to use at it fits over cup of any size. There is another attachment inside the filter, which has a screen with holes, which presses down the coffee with the help of a threaded rod projecting out of the perforated cylinder.
While the coffee blend that is to be used must contain chicory and coffee, the milk used has to be condensed milk. The coffee filter is screwed over the cup containing condensed milk, and hot water is poured in the coffee filter, and closely fitted with a lid. Once the water drips completely from the filter the filter is unscrewed. The coffee can be decked with ice cubes or can be blended thoroughly for a great coffee.
Sumptuous Salad: Vietnamese Cabbage and Chicken Salad
No one can have enough of this sumptuous dish. Chicken salad in itself is something which brings water to mouth and when combined with Vietnamese cabbage, the resulting dish bursts with an unearthly culinary flavor. Since 1863, chicken salad has been a favorite amongst the non vegetarians. It is said that the first chicken salad was invented by Liam Gray (in 1863) when he tossed leftover chicken with mayonnaise, grapes and tarragon at his meat market and sold it as salad. Since then, there has been no looking back for this dish. Over the globe, many countries and many cultures picked it up and molded it in their own special ingredients. Here, we will discuss with you one such recipe that adds bit of a twist to this chicken salad. Itâs Vietnamese cabbage combined with chicken salad. Enjoy it.
Time taken: 45 minutes to one hour
- 1 tart apple, grated and cored
- 2 cups coarse chopped dill, cilantro, basil or mint or combination
- 4 chopped scallions with green tops
- 3 grated radishes
- 3 grated carrots
- 1 Â½ tablespoon limejuice
- 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 head shredded green cabbage
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
- Â½ sliced jalapeno pepper with ribs and seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cups water
1. Rub the chicken breasts with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. In a saucepan, mix together water, ginger and jalapeno. Add chicken and cover the pan while simmering for 5 minutes. Turn off the flames and let the chicken steam for 5 minutes.
2. Wait for the chicken breasts to cool down and remove them from the saucepan. Pull them into shreds.
3. In a large bowl, toss together cabbage with lime juice, fish sauce, vinegar and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix them well and leave the mixture for 10 minutes.
4. Add apple, 1 Â½ cups of herbs, scallions, radishes and carrots to the cabbage mixture.
5. Stir them well in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
6. Now toss together the chicken and the salad. Garnish with the remaining Â½ cup herbs.
You can also try boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. They are equally easy to make and add a different flavor to the salad. However, let them simmer for ten minutes instead of five.