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5 thoughts on “Vietnamese Cuisine: Noodle Dishes”

  1. I don’t recall trying any Vietnamese noodle dish that I didn’t like. From the ubiquitous phở to bún bò Huế and mì Quảng, as a noodle lover I was like in heaven when I went to Vietnam. I don’t think I tried cao lầu when I visited Hoi An a few years ago. If only I knew about this dish!

    1. A reason to come back, before Hoi An gets too crowded again 😛 Personally, I like mì Quảng more than cao lầu. The latter is better in terms of texture, but the taste of lye water is still strong for me.

      Have you tried bún chả? Every time I travel to Hanoi, I have to eat a few bowls 🙂 We have it here, but strangely it doesn’t taste the same.

  2. Wonderful post right here, Len! Pho is definitely a favorite!

    (Interestingly, there’s a localized version of pho in the Philippine province of Palawan called “chaolong”, which was brought by Vietnamese refugees escaping the war. While some of them moved to other countries, a handful of them stayed in the province and set up chaolong shops. There’s also a local take on banh mi which pairs rather nicely with the noodle soup.)

    The wonton noodles remind me of the “wantan mee” I tried in Singapore back in 2017 — though the Singaporean take doesn’t have much vegetables compared to the Vietnamese take.

    1. Interesting! I’ve just googled it, and the dish resembles hủ tiếu bò kho (Beef stew with rice noodles). It is indeed popular here in Saigon and southern Vietnam. The dish also works very well with rice 😛

      “Chao long” is another Vietnamese dish. But it’s porridge, often paired with pork intestine.

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