International Food Guide Taste Atlas 9 top Vietnamese noodle dishes

Beef Pho, Photo by Pho Viết Kieu Da Nang

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Three northern Vietnamese dishes, four from the south and two from the central made it onto a list of 100 most popular noodle dishes compiled by international food guide site TasteAtlas. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Pho, Photo by Nick M

Pho, Vietnam’s national dish originating from Hanoi, is described as one traditionally made with chicken or beef broth, where the bones simmer for at least three hours until the broth is perfect. 

“The addition of herbs and spices accentuates the flavors, and the chewy rice noodles, juicy beef slices, and crunchy sprouts elevate the dish to another level,” according to TasteAtlas, an experiential travel guide to traditional food that collates authentic recipes, food critic reviews, and research articles about popular ingredients and dishes.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun cha, Photo by Kim Oanh

Bun cha (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice noodles), a specialty of Hanoi, is a bowl of savory, sweet and sour fish sauce with meatballs and thick pork slices served with a plate of white vermicelli.

The dish had its profile boosted after former President Barack Obama enjoyed it with late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain during his 2016 trip to Vietnam. It was then featured on Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown.”

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun rieu cua, Photo by Shutterstock

Bun rieu cua (tomato and crab noodle soup) also originates from northern Vietnam. The dish is a vermicelli soup with a tomato-based broth made by slowly simmering pork or chicken bone. The key protein component of this soup is the crab meat mixture made of freshwater mini crabs, pork and egg that is almost like a patty.

This soup combines lots of ingredients like fried tofu, prawns, crab meat, pig blood pudding, bean sprouts and fresh Vietnamese herbs like perilla and cilantro. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Quang-style noodles, Photo by Di Vỹ

Quang-style noodles from the central region consists of a combination of flat rice noodles and yellow egg noodles that are served with a small amount of flavorful meat broth and crispy fresh vegetables and herbs like banana blossoms, lettuce, cilantro, scallions, and Vietnamese coriander.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Cao lau, Photo by Di Vy

Cao lau (roasted pork with thick Vietnamese noodles) is a traditional dish from the ancient town of Hoi An.

It features poached noodles, bean sprouts and herbs from famous Tra Que Village, garnished with thin slices of barbeque pork and crispy fried pig skin.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun thit nuong, Photo by Di Vy

Bun thit nuong (grilled pork and rice vermicelli) that originates from the south combines marinated grilled pork, rice vermicelli noodles, green vegetables and herbs.

The ingredients are usually placed in a bowl and are then combined with a fish sauce that is typically enriched with lime or lemon juice, water, and sugar.

Many see it as the southern sibling of Hanoi’s bun cha.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Banh canh, Photo by Cao Ly

Banh canh, Vietnamese thick noodle soup, is said to originate from the southern province of Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border.

The thick noodles are made from tapioca or rice flour and the dish has different kinds of variations such as with pork, snakehead fish or crab, shrimp and other seafood. 

“This noodle soup is usually thicker than other Vietnamese soups and the base is typically made from pork bones or sometimes chicken, and it’s seasoned with sugar, salt, and fish sauce,” according to TasteAtlas.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun mam, Photo by Di Vy

Bun mam (fermented fish noodle soup) which originates from the southern province of Soc Trang, consists of rice vermicelli noodles, fermented fish-flavored broth, squid, shrimp, catfish, fish cakes and roasted pork belly.

Considered a Mekong Delta specialty, the noodle soup is always served with fresh herbs such as bitter knotgrass, bean sprouts, water lilies, banana flower, water spinach and a small bowl of dipping sauce with lemon juice and minced chili and lemongrass. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun bo Nam Bo, Photo by Shutterstock

Bun bo Nam Bo (southern Vietnamese beef noodle salad) mainly includes beef, rice vermicelli noodles, garlic, fresh herbs and vegetables while roasted peanuts and fried shallots are entirely optional.

The noodles, vegetables, and herbs are arranged in bowls, while the beef is stir-fried and added on top. 

The TasteAtlas list featured many of Asia’s famous dishes including Japan’s cup noodles, pancit palabok in the Philippines, yen ta fo in Thailand, budae jjigae in South Korea, and hokkien mee in Singapore.

Written By Hoang Phong with a special touch by Must See In Vietnam

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