Tasty, Easy Vietnamese Cuisine That’s Simple Enough to Make At Home
Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich often with barbecued pork as the main ingredient. It has also been compared to a Vietnamese sub. You use a French baguette and layer the pork with cucumber, pickled veggies, and pate.
Vietnamese beef pho is likely the best beef noodle soup you’ve ever had. It’s fragrant and also gluten-free with rice noodles instead of wheat. Add in some bean sprouts and you’ve got a meal! The flavor profile can be adapted according to what’s preferred. In a lot of cases, a bowl of traditional beef pho might include elements of hoisin, sriracha, lime, and Thai basil.
Bun Cha is a hearty salad. It brings together thin noodles with pork patties, spring rolls, fresh vegetables, and a dressing that usually balances the salty-sweet relationship. Skip the dressing for something simpler.
Pork is your typical Vietnamese meat. Chicken though has also been preferred in recent years. Chicken salad is very Canadian-esque but with some minor modifications, it can get very Vietnamese. The nuoc cham sauce is a great addition, along with some Vietnamese fresh vegetables.
Summer rolls are fresh, light, and appetizing. You can use shredded chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, or vegetarian meat like tofu. Mix it in with some lettuce, cucumber, and carrots. Wrap it in your best rice paper and serve your Vietnamese summer rolls alongside a little homemade peanut dipping sauce. It’s perfect!
Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue is an alternative to Vietnamese beef pho. It is made from a sweet, sour and salty pork and beef stock. An original of central Vietnam, Bun Bo Hue mixes noodles, protein, and a customizable broth.
Pho can be tough to prepare. The broth, in particular, takes a long time. For inexperienced households, it’s not the sort of task anyone wants to dig into. In an attempt to get close, a Vietnamese noodle bowl is sometimes prepared. Like pho, a noodle bowl is very customizable. Lemongrass pork, fried shallots, rice noodles, carrots, cucumber, and roasted peanuts are all common ingredients. A noodle bowl is a great dish for both lunch and dinner.
Banh Mi with Tempeh
Craving vegetarian Vietnamese food? You can have it! Banh Mi can be made with tempeh, a protein made from soybeans. Add to it some sweet barbecue sauce and the result is a very satisfying sandwich. Layer it with some pickled veggies, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro, and you won’t be missing the beef, pork, or chicken.
Vietnamese-Style Pork Skewers
There’s some major BBQ culture in parts of Vietnam. One area of food we don’t often think of in Vietnamese cooking is skewers. They do exist! Grilled pork skewers are delicious. Add some lemongrass, citrus, and fish sauce, and serve it over – you guessed it! – rice noodles. Toss in cucumber and carrots with that rice. You’ve got a heck of a meal at the end of it, with your skewers being the centerpiece.
Open-Style Lettuce Wraps
We wrap a lot in Vietnamese cuisine. Using large butter lettuce leaves, lay out some pork, vegetables, and some ramen or rice noodles. You’re cutting out bread from a Banh Mi and replacing it with a vegetable instead.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is a very traditional Vietnamese beverage. It is much like you’d expect to have in an iced coffee. To turn your traditional iced coffee into something more, adding whipped cream and coconut ice cream instantly transcends it. Now you’ve got a milkshake on your hands. Decadence!
Grilled Smoked Pork Chop on Rice
This is a very easy Vietnamese recipe. Grill your pork chop first, according to how you like it. Vietnamese pork chops are often smoked, and/or basted with sweet and spicy sauce. Cook a decent amount of rice and slab that pork chop right on top. If you have sweet and spicy sauce leftover, drizzle it across your finished dish.
Can’t get enough pho? Take some pho-esque beef filling. Pack it into a dumpling to be fried! There’s no better appetizer. Pho dumplings also work great as a side dish. Serve it with a little soy for dipping. You’ve got something scrumptious on your hands!
Stir-Fry Sweet Shrimp
Vietnamese stir fry shrimp is a hard meal to turn down. A little spicy, a lot sweet, it’s classic Vietnamese flavors balancing against one another. If you’re making this at home, know that shrimp tend to fry up quickly. Overcooking seafood is, unfortunately, common in many households. As Vietnamese chefs, we’ve perfected the cook! Make it easy on yourself if you desire. Drop-in at TorontoPHO and we’ll serve up our best creation.
Lemongrass Tamarind Chicken
There are so many ways to prepare chicken. Lemongrass and tamarind are a strong, unique combination. The sweet and sour flavor, with those extra flourishes of tasty fruit, make an unforgettable meal. Tamarind in Asian markets will often come jarred but it can be bought fresh or dried. Once prepped, serve it over white rice. The rice will soak up the sauce and you won’t have to add much else before digging into your meal.
TorontoPHO is the best Vietnamese restaurant in the GTA. Families come from all over Toronto seeking our pho, stir fry, soups, and more. The cuisine of Vietnamese from a professional chef. Working from decades-old recipes, enjoy Vietnamese foods cooked with fresh ingredients, authentic methods of preparation, and served hot. From Vietnamese pho to summer rolls, desserts, and beverages, have the ultimate meal. Bring a friend and enjoy distinct flavors unfamiliar to Canadian taste profiles. Enjoy our best Vietnamese food!