2 noodle dishes you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam is a kingdom of noodle dishes, and most Vietnamese have at least a bowl of noodles a day, some, maybe even a few more. Therefore, it is not surprising to find many kinds of noodle soups from the North to the South. If Pho is the signature dish of the capital city, bun bo Hue is a heavier flavor the Central Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City in the South also has its own versions of noodle dish.
Bun Thit Nuong (vermicelli noodles with grilled pork)
Attractive appearance of bun thit nuong (Source: Internet)
When it comes to bun, if bun cha is the pride of Hanoi’s cuisine, bun thit nuong is the highlight of Saigon’s food. On your visit to Ho Chi Minh City, bun thit nuong is a dish that you should not miss. So, what is bun? As you might know, bun in bun thit nuong is not a bread roll of various shapes and flavorings but is rice vermicelli made of rice flour that is turned into small, circular and white threads wrapped up into small coils. Vietnamese rice vermicelli is delicious and easy-to-prepare; therefore, it is a preferable as well as a popular dish.
What can draw you to this Vietnamese Vermicelli Recipe? It is the contrast in colors, flavors, temperatures, and textures. A bowl of bun thit nuong is hot rice vermicelli and grilled pork paired with cool crunchy vegetables produced or grown in the neighboring Mekong Delta and Dalat regions like fresh chopped leaf lettuce, bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot, basil, and mint.
Bun thit nuong (Source: Internet)
The awesome flavor of bun thit nuong is created by the soft and silky noodles, the tender, salty, and sweet pork, a beautiful crunch of cha gio (deep-fried spring rolls), the freshness of many kinds of vegetables and the sweet and salty fish sauce - a flavorful low-fat Vietnamese Dressing. But the first thing to attract you is its picture-like appearance: the yellowish-brown color of a few skewers of grilled pork layered on top of a bowl and the bright color of a handful of chopped up herbs and lettuce at the bottom of a bowl.
Vivid in color and fresh in flavor, bun thit nuong is a great alternative to the heavier pho or com dishes widely served in Saigon. Let’s douse your bowl of bun thit nuong with nuoc cham served on the side and a few scoops of freshly ground chili and what you have is a taste sensation in your mouth.
Where to go for bun thit nuong in Saigon?
- Bun thit nuong Ms. Thong: 195 Co Giang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Bun Thit Nuong Hoang Van, Hai Dang: Chan Hung Street, Ward 6, Tan Binh District
- Bun thit nuong Ms. Tam: 299 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3
- Bun thit nuong Mr. Ba: 126 Le Van Sy Street, Phu Nhuan District
Hu Tieu Nam Vang
Hu tieu Nam Vang (Source: Internet)
Having a huge following of Vietnamese cuisine lovers, hu tieu Nam Vang – the humble cousin of Pho, lighter in flavor with a sweet touch is another must-try noodle soup in Ho Chi Minh City.
Invented by Cambodian, made popular in Saigon by Chinese vendors and eaten by local diners, hu tieu Nam Vang not only has now become a signature dish of the south of Vietnam but also captures the essence of Vietnamese history in one hearty bowl of noodles. Hu tieu is believed to originally come from kuy teav - a flavorful and very common pork and seafood noodle soup in Phnom Penh, the largest and capital city of Cambodia and to be in its simplest and purest form.
Featuring a clear pork-based broth, a variety of different types of soft noodles (flat rice noodles named hu tieu), and an assortment of pork toppings like some slices of pork, liver, intestines, a quail egg, and finally a shrimp, all sprinkled with a touch of pepper, and some chopped green onions and cilantro, hu tieu is a soup that should not be overlooked.
Why do you still hesitate to grab an open seat at one of the metal tables lined up on the sidewalk, and order yourself a bowl of hu tieu Nam Vang?
Where to go for Hu Tieu Nam Vang in Saigon?
Hu tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan (Source: Internet)
- Hu tieu Mr. Tylum, 93 Huynh Man Dat, Ho Chi Minh City
- Hu tieu Nam Vang Quynh, A65 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Hu tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan: 27Q Au Co, Ward 14, Ho Chi Minh City.
While Pho - the starlet of Vietnamese cuisine is far from the only noodle soup available in Saigon, bun thit nuong and hu tieu are noodle dishes streetfoodofsaigon thinks you should not miss.
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