Vietnamese food

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most famous dish

Pho Bo

It's a certain type of noodle soup - and the one you should try first. Beef is the star ingredient. Pho Bo is enjoyed at lunch, dinner and especially breakfast. It is served in a range of venues, from humble street stalls to quality restaurants.

Pho Bo eating ritual

A platter of fresh herbs (such as mint) and vegetables (such as bean sprouts) is set on the table for Pho Bo and other noodle soups. You select the ones you want to mix in this bowl with the broth. This lets the diner flavor the preparations to suit his personal tastes.

Shrimp rolls

The two most
popular types


Cha Gio

This is the fried shrimp roll variety. It is made with a filling (such as minced pork) that is tightly wrapped with a thin dough sheet, then deep-fried until its crisp outside, yet still moist inside. It should be served hot. Like virtually all shrimp rolls, the diner hand-dips it into a sauce.

Goi Cuon

It's a fresh version of the shrimp roll. Its filling (usually a combination of vegetables and shelled cooked shrimp) is lightly wrapped in thin, edible, transparent rice paper. Then, it is over-wrapped with a lettuce leaf. Unlike the Cha Gio (described above), the Goi Cuon is served cold - and is soft, not crispy.

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