You’ve probably heard of pho, the fragrant soup made of stewed beef bones and spices. Other noodle dishes like bun bo hue and bun cha are also worth your attention — bo bun hue has a hearty beef broth and a thick noodle, and bun cha gets its umami-heavy kick from fish sauce. You’ll see unusual cuts of meat added to soup, like tripe and blood cake.
Meals always come served with a nice variety of condiments — hot peppers, fresh herbs, and fish sauce are among the most common. Meals are typically served with lots of fresh vegetables, which nicely compliments the fried-to-a-crisp spring rolls.
Rice grows well in Southeast Asia, and it’s a staple food. Vermicelli noodles — the noodles in pho and bun cha — are made from rice. Rice wine is a popular shot, taken with a few boisterous toasts.
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