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Old 07-06-2013, 01:27 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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Need some help from any Vietnamese people or Vietnamese food lovers on this board. What's there to order besides pho and banh mi? I'm a big fan of Vietnamese food and usually eat it at least once a week either during my lunch break or after work before going home. It's always the same thing though, a banh mi for lunch or spring rolls and a bowl of pho for dinner. I know there's more out there but all my eating mates eat the same thing I do and none of us are Vietnamese. What are your favorite dishes?
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I have here some Vietnamese food posted: Lien Hung - a set on Flickr
I enjoy Vietnamese cuisine, but prefer Korean.
There are whole lot of great dishes besides Pho and Bánh mě.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I am far from being a Vietnamese cuisine expert but here are some of my favorites:

Bo Luc Lac (Vietnamese Shaking Beef) | Easy Asian Recipes at RasaMalaysia.com

Broken rice with grilled meat

Lemongrass chicken

And I love the fresh (non-fried) summer rolls or sometimes known as spring rolls. Goi cuon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

P.S. I love Korean cuisine too. We are off to a Korean BBQ restaurant tonight
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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My two favorites:

1. Shrimp pancakes. The "pancake" is really thin, like a crepe. One restaurant that I used to frequent had it as an appetizer. The better restaurant had it as an entree and it was HUGE. And so delicious with a vinegary dipping sauce. Yum!

2. I don't know what it's called but it comes in a small clay pot. There's rice at the bottom to absorb the sauce. Then, on top of that, there's veggies and shrimp and/or beef and/or pork and/or chicken. So good! So, so, so good.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ You must be thinking about a nồi đất, or nồi kho ( kho being the name for the kind of the braised dish cooked in it ) - an unglazed clay pot, that is soaked in water before cooking to release steam during cooking. It's the steam that makes the dishes moist and delicious.
I like this cooking technique, because does not use any kind of fat and is naturally lower in calories.

Glad you mentioned the crepes (bánh xčo) - OP should try it, they are really very good.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I'm fond of bun thit nuong, which is rice noodles with grilled pork and fish sauce. I also like shrimp and sweet potato fritters.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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My two favorites:

1. Shrimp pancakes. The "pancake" is really thin, like a crepe. One restaurant that I used to frequent had it as an appetizer. The better restaurant had it as an entree and it was HUGE. And so delicious with a vinegary dipping sauce. Yum!

2. I don't know what it's called but it comes in a small clay pot. There's rice at the bottom to absorb the sauce. Then, on top of that, there's veggies and shrimp and/or beef and/or pork and/or chicken. So good! So, so, so good.

YUM!! These two items, along with the already OP mentioned PHO are my favorite!!! the Crepes are to die for.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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Bun, with the rice noodles.

The crepe mentioned above is good, though messy to eat. I think of it more like a slightly crispy thin omelet, rather than a crepe.

The Vietnamese also do pork chops very well. Noodles - either crispy or more like lo mein. Ask about duck specials, or beef stew specials. Both are sometimes served more as a soup than a stew but the flavor can be delicious. And the Vietnamese spring rolls are different from the Summer rolls. Consider the shrimp on sugar cane.

One more: Try the chicken or seafood soups instead of the pho. The broth is delicious, but entirely different than the pho.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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As the above poster mentioned, Bun is excellent and Vietnamese pork chops. I like Goi Ga, which is a shredded chicken and cabbage salad with a wonderful sweet/sour dressing. Great in summertime!
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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Here are some pictures of Vietnamese cooking:

LTHForum.com • View topic - Is Tank Noodle really the best?

LTHForum.com • View topic - Nha Hang Viet Nam - Vietnamese on Argyle

These are from some of the places that I have tried. They DO include some pho and bahn mai pictures.
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