Good morning, Vietnam! In this latest installment of beginner’s food guides from Just Eat we’re talking all things Vietnamese *crowd erupts in cheers*. If you’ve ever found yourself scrolling past the Vietnamese options on the Just Eat app too afraid to select a dish, we’re here to help! Keep on reading because the next time you’re tempted to order some Vietnamese food – you’ll know exactly what to get.
You won’t be able to go back to ‘normal’ sandwiches after you’ve had a Banh Mi. Think fresh french baguette filled with all of the goodness! This goodness being a whole lot of pork in many ways (steamed, barbequed, as a pâté), pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, daikon radish, and fish sauce. Suddenly our lunch sounds really boring, try a version of this dish called Banh Mi Thit Nuong from Bun Cha in Grand Canal, Dublin.
As Irish people, we can’t deny the value of a good stew. This dish is essentially beef stew – with a Vietnamese twist. Diced beef, carrots and lemongrass in an aromatic and spicy broth. Typically served over a bed of noodles. Sounds hearty right?!
Are you pho real!? Ok, we’ll stop. We just can’t contain our excitement when it comes to Pho – the holy grail of all Vietnamese food! Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) is a noodle soup dish, consisting of either beef or chicken broth simmered for hours served with a whole load of leafy greens, herbs, noodles, and slices of beef. Yum! Pick up some Pho Bo from Jolin’s Vietnamese Coffee House in Christchurch, Dublin.
A national favourite that hails from the capital Hanoi, this dish consists of pork patties that are usually grilled and then submerged in a nuoc cham sauce. We don’t know about you but we’re sold already! To accompany the grilled patties are herbs, vermicelli noodles and some chả giò (think, cheeky spring roll) as a side.
Bún bò Huế
The flavour bomb of all broths comes in the form of this signature dish of the former imperial city of Huế in Central Vietnam. Pork hocks, pig’s feet, beef shank, lemongrass, chile, fish sauce and fermented shrimp paste all go into making this broth, greatly admired for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors. Compared to Pho, the noodles in this dish are thicker and served with slices of marinated beef. Sign us up!
Does that all make sense? Great! Now go find the perfect Vietnamese dish pho (last one, promise!) you on Just Eat!