We are all very familiar with the Vietnamese beef noodle soup called Pho (pronounced fah, not foe). We've all had it. It is one of the Vietnam's more popular dishes and naturally one of Vietnam's more well-known exports. So let's set that aside for a moment. When I went back to Vietnam last month, I knew that Vietnamese food was one of the things I need to preoccupy myself with. I need to dig deeper than Pho or any of their noodle soups and spring rolls, for that matter. There has got to be a reason why Vietnamese cuisine has been gaining popularity over the recent years.
Just like that, I found a very good excuse to eat. And eat, I did. Some of these dishes I discovered myself by closing my eyes and pointing at the restaurant menus. Some of them, I was introduced to by the wonderful people I met there. Having traveled through the country south to north, I have sampled a bit of what Vietnamese cuisine had to offer and I have narrowed down my seven favorite dishes. Here we go.
Com Tam Bi Suon