Welcome to another “Food Sunday”. Today’s topic is Vietnamese Noodle Soup. Call me ignorant, but, I had no idea that there were so many different types of noodle soups other than phở . For those of you who are not familiar with pho, it is a bowl of noodles in a beef broth that have been simmered with spices for hours and is served with different cuts of meats and side toppings such as, bean sprouts, chiles, lime and different types of herbs which are all optional.
I was introduced to Vietnamese cuisine at a very young age and at that time the restaurants only offered phở and a few different rice dishes. I remember that my parents would take my siblings and I to eat phở on those cold fall and winter months and it would be the best thing ever! Since then, my love for Vietnamese cuisine was born.
The reason why I love their cuisine so much is because they use a lot of vegetables and different type herbs in their dishes. Every bite is refreshing and packs a lot of flavour and texture. I never feel weighed down after a Vietnamese meal. I would always feel pleasantly full (is there such thing?). Also, a lot of their food could be customized to your liking – especially noodle soups. You can make it spicy by adding sriracha, chile oil or chiles. You can make it sweet by adding hoisin sauce or even more salty by adding fish sauce. You can make any noodle bowl your own.
Nowadays, Vietnamese restaurants around Metro Vancouver are offering more than just phở and rice dishes on their menus. But, it wasn’t actually in restaurants that I finally got to try different noodles soups; surprisingly, it was at work (I know, it is odd). I was fortunate enough to taste my co-workers’ home cooked noodle soups. They were the most delicious bowl of soups I have ever tasted – nothing beats home cooked.
Bún bò Huế and Bún chả cá are the two noodle soups I tried and both are very different from each other. Bún bò Huế has a beef broth base that is slightly spicy. While Bún chả cá has a tomato and fish broth base that is slightly tangy. Both were very delicious and I wish that each and everyone of you could try the bowls of soup that I had. I love it so much that if I were to choose one type of dish to eat for the rest of my life, it would be, hands down, Vietnamese noodle soup.
One day, I would like to go to Vietnam to eat noodle soup.
I will do a separate post describing each one of these soups in the near future, so stay tuned.
Have you ever had Vietnamese noodle soup?