This is my favorite dish - mì bò kho. It's Vietnamese beef stew cooked with carrots, black fungus, garnished with spring onions, and served with a baguette. This stew is one of the best I have ever had.
This is my second favorite dish - bún bò Huế. We have this awesome dish in Hue, the city where it originated from. Huế is the last imperial capital of Vietnam.
The broth of bún bò Huế of is prepared by simmering beef bones and beef shank with lemongrass and seasoned with fermented shrimp sauce and sugar for taste. Before it's served, lashings of spicy chilli oil are added for extra kick.
I'd say eating is indeed one of our main agendas during our 6D5N honeymoon trip. We stroll along streets after streets until we stumble upon food stalls. You see, having street food like the locals is a must-do! Look at those tiny tables and stools.
Now this is really neat. There are stacks of rough papers on tables to be used as tissue paper. Not only so, there's also a wastepaper basket either beside or under each table. In fact, we hardly see rubbish on the streets.
Some food stalls have their menu translated, which is super helpful!
Here are the rest of the dishes that we have. I link each dish to its photo on my Facebook.
- Beef phở: Vietnamese beef noodle soup.
- Bánh canh bột lọc: Bánh canh (literally "soup cake") is a thick Vietnamese noodle made from a mixture of rice and tapioca flour. This is a popular breakfast soup dish among the locals. Bột lọc is the translucent version of rice and tapioca flour noodles.
- Mì quảng: This is a dish of rice noodles served with pork chop, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, peanuts, and with a little bit of broth.
- Áp chảo: Pan-fried, sauteed rice noodles with pork and beef slices, green vegetables, and tomatoes.
- Mì xào: Stir-fried thin yellow noodles with pork, beef, and vegetables.
- Tái lăn: Stir-fried beef, tomatoes, and vegetables on top of a bowl of phở.
- Famous banana pancake at Mandarin Cafe, Hue city.
- Bánh xèo: Vietnamese savory fried pancakes made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts.
Wraps / Rolls
- Bánh cuốn: Vietnamese chee cheong fun, mostly eaten for breakfast. Side dishes are chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage) and leafy vegetables.
- Bánh mì / Bánh mỳ: Vietnamese sandwiches made with a baguette (introduced by the French). Ingredients include roasted pork belly, chili, and basil leaves.
- Nem lui: Sweet, minced pork around bamboo sticks and grilled over hot coals. They look like our satay.
- Bánh bột lọc: Dumplings with shrimp, served with hot chili oil.
- Bún hến: Vietnamese dry noodles salad with lots of mini clams and hot chili oil.
- Hột vịt lộn: Half-hatched eggs, a nutritious delicacy in Vietnam.
- Sweet desserts sold at a roadside stall in Hue City.
- Kem: Vietnamese ice cream served with roasted cashew nuts and coconut flakes. The ice cream is served as sliced chunks of seven different flavors - orange, vanilla, strawberry, yam, chocolate, durian, and melon.
- Yaourt: Vietnamese yogurt.
- Cà phê: Vietnamese coffee!
- Nước mía: A super refreshing drink made from sugar cane and lime juices.
- Biere Larue: This might be Tiger Beer. Larue sounds like Lao Hu (tiger in Chinese).
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