Breakfast is important meal you must have on daily basis because it is a meal to help you start your day. Breakfast meal is supposed to be fulfilling so it gives you enough energy to give you that boost of energy. For Vietnamese people, breakfast is essential. However, breakfast meals are not always something that they make at home. In fact, you can find variety of breakfast meals at street-food stalls.
Must-try breakfast dishes in Vietnam
Vietnam is known for its wide selections of authentic dishes. Vietnamese people have their own traditional and authentic dishes that are made with special ingredients, cooking methods, spices, and herbs. And here are some of the most iconic and easily found breakfast meals in Vietnam:
Ah yes, this dish is already popular in global culinary scene. You can find this dish almost everywhere around the world. If you think you can only find it in Vietnam or Asia, then you are wrong because you can even find it in America. This noodle dish has different variations in which some use beef and some use chicken. Pho is made with rice noodles made from special type of rice called gao te, which has distinct fragrance. Pho is best served when it’s still steaming hot and perfect to warm up your morning.
Mien is a noodle dish Vietnamese people love for breakfast. This dish is heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine but the noodles are not made from rice flour. The noodles are instead made of seaweed and cassava flour. Mien has less calories and favored a lot by vegetarians. The main components of Mien are similar to Pho but the spices used are sourer and more fishy. It is because Mien is usually eaten with seafood.
Bun or rice vermicelli is also a favorite breakfast meal for many Vietnamese people. It is made of rice noodles with small and circular shape, unlike Pho which has flat triangle shape instead. Bun’s broth recipe is more diverse than Pho, making it taste richer and full of flavor. There are different version of rice vermicelli or Bun such as Bun Cha, Bun Rieu, Bun Thang, Bun Ca, Bun Bo, and many more.
This dish is made from sticky rice and has a popularity that can compete with Pho. In fact, it is so easy to find Xoi in Vietnam. It is considered a simple dish to enjoy for breakfast. It is light but still fulfilling enough to give you the energy.
Banh Cuon is rice flour steamed rolls which is of course made from rice flour. Rice can be considered as the top commodity in Vietnam and often used to make variety of Vietnamese dishes. Banh Cuon is made with thin, wide sheet of steamed rice flour. It is then filled with seasoned ground pork and minced wood ear mushroom. It is usually served with Cha Que special dipping sauce called Nuoc Cham. This special dipping sauce is made only for Banh Cuon.