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5 Most Popular Vietnamese Dishes (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

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Our full guide on the most popular Vietnamese dishes to try and to cook at home.

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and balanced nutrition. Here are some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes, along with recipes, tips, and approximate calorie counts.

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Most Popular Vietnamese Dishes

1. Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

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Ingredients:

8 cups beef broth
1 onion, halved
3-inch piece of ginger, sliced
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 pound beef sirloin, thinly sliced
8 ounces rice noodles
1/4 cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
Bean sprouts, fresh herbs (cilantro, basil), lime wedges, and sliced jalapeños for serving

Instructions:

In a large pot, toast the onion, ginger, star anise, and cinnamon stick until fragrant. Add beef broth, fish sauce, and sugar. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Place cooked noodles in bowls. Top with raw beef slices. Pour hot broth over the beef and noodles. Serve with bean sprouts, fresh herbs, lime wedges, and jalapeños.

Simmer the broth longer for a deeper flavor. Freeze the beef slightly before slicing for thinner, more even pieces.

Calories: Approximately 350-400 per serving.

Read here how to make Pho

2. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich)

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Ingredients:

1 baguette
1/2 pound pork belly or grilled chicken
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1/4 cup daikon radish, julienned
Fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions:

Mix rice vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Add julienned carrot and daikon radish. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Grill or pan-fry the pork belly or chicken until fully cooked. Slice thinly.

Slice the baguette open and spread mayonnaise on one side. Add cucumber slices, pickled vegetables, meat, and fresh cilantro. Drizzle with soy sauce.

Use a crispy baguette for the best texture. Add pâté for a more traditional flavor.

Calories: Approximately 400-450 per sandwich.

Read here how to make Bahn Mi

3. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls)

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Ingredients:

8 rice paper wrappers
1/2 pound shrimp, cooked and sliced in half
1 cup cooked vermicelli noodles
Fresh herbs: mint, cilantro, Thai basil
1 cucumber, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
Lettuce leaves
Peanut sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping

Instructions:

Arrange the shrimp, noodles, herbs, cucumber, carrot, and lettuce. Dip a rice paper wrapper in warm water until pliable. Place on a flat surface. Arrange shrimp, noodles, herbs, cucumber, carrot, and lettuce in the center. Roll tightly, folding in the sides as you go. Serve with peanut sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping.

Keep the rolls covered with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out. Customize the fillings to your taste.

Calories: Approximately 150-200 per roll.

Read here how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

4. Bun Cha (Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodles)

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Ingredients:

1 pound pork shoulder or pork belly, thinly sliced
1/2 pound ground pork
8 ounces vermicelli noodles
Fresh herbs: mint, cilantro, Thai basil
Lettuce leaves, shredded
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
Carrot and daikon radish, julienned (optional)

For the Pork Marinade:

1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped (optional)

For the Dipping Sauce (Nước Chấm):

1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup water
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Thai bird chilies, sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons shredded carrot (optional)

Instructions:

Combine fish sauce, sugar, honey, garlic, shallot, black pepper, and lemongrass in a bowl. Add the sliced pork and marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

Prepare the Meatballs: Mix ground pork with garlic, shallot, fish sauce, sugar, and black pepper. Form into small meatballs.

Grill the pork slices and meatballs until cooked through and slightly charred. Cook the vermicelli noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Make the Dipping Sauce: Combine fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add minced garlic, chilies, and shredded carrot if using.

Place a portion of noodles in serving bowls. Top with grilled pork slices, meatballs, fresh herbs, lettuce, cucumber, and pickled vegetables if using. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side.

Marinate the pork for as long as possible to enhance the flavors. For an authentic smoky flavor, grill the meat over charcoal.

Calories: Approximately 450-500 per serving.

Read here how to make Bun Cha

5. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Pancakes)

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Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound pork belly, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cups bean sprouts
Fresh herbs: mint, cilantro
Lettuce leaves for wrapping
Dipping sauce (Nước Chấm, same as above)

Instructions:

In a bowl, mix rice flour, coconut milk, water, and turmeric powder until smooth. Let it rest for 30 minutes. In a skillet, cook the shrimp and pork belly until done. Remove and set aside.

In the same skillet, heat a small amount of oil. Pour a thin layer of batter into the skillet. Add shrimp, pork belly, onion, and bean sprouts on one half of the pancake. Cook until crispy, then fold the pancake in half. Serve with fresh herbs, lettuce leaves, and dipping sauce.

Ensure the batter is thin to create crispy pancakes. Serve immediately for the best texture.

Calories: Approximately 300-350 per pancake.

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