As phở gains popularity all over the globe, a spotlight has been shined on Vietnamese cuisine. Some dishes are easily accessible to unfamiliar palates; others seem intimidating in comparison. Vietnamese cuisine is extremely diverse, ranging from fragrant soups and stews to colorful sponge cakes. The array of drinks is equally heterogeneous — from fermented rice to sweet iced coffee, all sorts of flavors are showcased.
Here are 20 Vietnamese dishes and drinks you need to try, whether you’re in Vietnam or at a Vietnamese restaurant in Nebraska. Just make it happen.
Bún bò Huế
A beef rice-vermicelli soup originating in Huế, bún bò Huế typically contains sliced beef shank, oxtails, and pig knuckles. The soup is customarily served with chili sauce and fresh vegetables and herbs (including lime, cilantro, green onion, banana blossoms, and more).