​Vietnamese cuisine has much more to offer than ‘phở’ and ‘bánh mì’

While Vietnamese cuisine has become increasingly popular with global diners, with two of the most delicious being phở (beef noodle soup) and bánh mì (Vietnamese-style sandwiches), many foodies have said that Vietnam still has more stunning foods to taste. One night in late 2017, Rachael Dickson and her younger sister Madeline Dickson were sitting on a bamboo chair at a restaurant in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. They were attentively listening to a tour guide explaining the components of bún bò Huế (spicy Hue-style beef noodle soup). Eatable banana flowers When the tour guide was twittering on the vegetables served with the soup, the two sisters could not conceal their surprise knowing sliced banana flowers were among the plants. To these newcomers to Vietnam, everything seemed to be new, as what they had known about Vietnamese food were only phở and bánh mì. Madeline Dickson (L, 2nd) and her friends watch the process of making Vietnamese bánh xèo at a small restaurant in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City on December 29, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre “I even didn’t know they put pâté in bánh mì and had also never had so much fish sauce in my life,” Madeline Dickson excitedly told Tuoi Tre News. Bún bò Huế was one of the ‘stops’ of the food tour that the Dicksons and their friends from the U.S. were taking. At the previous stop, the group rode pillion and were taken by their tour guides on motorbikes to a small restaurant… [Read full story]


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