Initially, I wanted to write my top 10 Vietnamese food. But it was too difficult. I still have to leave out some food that I liked like the caramelized chicken in fish sauce, the hot vit lon in tamarind sauce, sour soup with shrimp (canh chua tom) and the spring rolls. It is no wonder that I can’t find my size in a local dress shop.
Here are my top 12 favorite Vietnamese food (in no particular order) which I crave for in cycles. 😛
1. Goi Cuon
It is the fried spring rolls, fresh counterpart. It is much like the fresh lumpia of my home country which is actually dipped in peanut sauce too — except that our wrapper would be made from egg and flour while the goi cuon’s wrapper is made from rice. I don’t have to go far to find this dish. I just go to La Chuoi Quan right down our apartment.
2. Bun Bo Hue or Pho Bo
3. Banh Cuon
My first banh cuon was from Banh Cuon LA. But I really enjoy La Chuoi Quan’s version way better. This is made of rice, pork, tofu, cucumber and fried onions. I order this for 40kVND and this fills me up!
4. Banh Khot
5. Cha Ca La Vong
6. Raw Fish Salad
Fish is really a favorite. And I enjoy Vietnam’s raw fish salad wrapped in rice paper and dipped in some sauce that I’m not sure what. 😛 Phan Thiet’s Cay Bang has this on their menu but I like Hoa Vien’s version better.
7. Banh Beo
This is really pretty straightforward dish. It’s like a rice cake and you just add fish sauce and voila, yum! An Restaurant in District 1 serves this.
8. Tofu with Lemongrass and Chilli
One of the lightest and tastiest tofu in lemongrass and chilli that I’ve ever tasted is that from Cuc Gach Quan. You can never go wrong with this one!
9. Prawn in Tamarind Sauce
11. Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
This sweet banana dessert is my favorite dessert in Vietnam. I don’t enjoy the other sweet soup they serve here, except for this. I get my fix from La Chuoi Quan.
How about you? What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish?