Vietnamese Recipes

Tour one of the most exciting cuisines in the word

The cooking of Vietnam encompasses a diverse range of flavors, techniques, and dishes: the simple, honest flavors of the country's north; the gutsy, earthy soups and dainty court delicacies of Huế, the old imperial capital; the voluptuous, multilayered dishes and fresh seafood of the south. To give you an introduction to the country's varied cuisine we've rounded up our favorite Vietnamese and Vietnamese-inspired recipes.

Pho, a light but complex rice noodle soup, is one of the most famous foods of Vietnam. Hailing from the north, it is commonly eaten for breakfast. Chef Danny Bowien gave us this recipe for a simple chicken pho flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, onion, scallions, and cilantro. For something richer try pho bac, a beef version redolent of anise, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Another popular Vietnamese food is the banh mi. A product of French colonialism, The banh mi is a sandwich featuring various meats and pickled vegetables on a light, airy baguette, which differs from a French baguette in that it is made with rice flour as well as wheat flour. Our version features seasoned pork with the traditional fixings: pickled carrots and daikon radish, cucumber, mayonnaise, and Vietnamese-style pork roll and ham.

For a somewhat lesser-known dish from southern Vietnam, look to a catfish soup in canh chua cá. Catfish is very popular in Vietnam, and in this soup it is paired with okra, pineapple, and tomatoes and flavored with tamarind, cumin, and fish sauce.

Take a tour of one of the most exciting cuisines in the world with our collection of Vietnamese recipes.

Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls

Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls

Juicy mango, buttery avocado, and lightly charred sweet shrimp get packed into rice paper along with crispy cabbage and cucumber for a summer appetizer that hits all the right textural notes. Prep the spicy, tart dipping sauce ahead to give the flavors time to meld. Get the recipe for Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls »Matt Taylor-Gross

Vietnamese-Style Pork Collar

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Vietnamese Style Pork Collar
Pork collar is a great cut for a long marinade and a quick cook time—it gets nice and crispy on the outside and stays juicy inside, thanks to its marbled fat.Drew Anthony Smith
Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Cá)

Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Cá)

Southern Vietnamese cooks often simmer catfish steaks with caramel sauce, and use the fish's head and tail in this refreshing soup brightened with tamarind and pineapple.Penny De Los Santos
Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho

Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho

This dish, which Danny Bowien serves on his breakfast menu at New York City's Mission Cantina, is inspired by the Vietnamese soups he ate at Turtle Tower in San Francisco when he was a culinary student.Joseph De Leo

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
A fragrant and satisfying appetizer (as well as an excellent use for leftover roast pork and poached or steamed shrimp), these flavorful bundles are great dipped in nuoc cham, a sweet and spicy Vietnamese sauce. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps »Maxime Iattoni

Banh Mi Sandwich

Banh Mi Sandwich
According to Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2006), the baguette for this iconic Vietnamese sandwich "should be light and airy, with a very delicate crumb that does not fight you, but just frames the sandwich."Todd Coleman
Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Chops (Suon Nuong)

Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Chops (Suon Nuong)

Three of these ultra-thin ¼"-thick pork chops for this dish, flavored with a caramel-lemongrass marinade, can be cut from one hefty American-style pork chop.Todd Coleman
Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad (Bun Cha)

Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad (Bun Cha)

These tender pork meatballs in a savory broth are served family-style with thin rice noodles, crisp lettuce, and fresh herbs.Helen Rosner
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

For Asian-style grilled chicken wings, try this classic sweet-sour condiment with fish sauce and fresh lime juice.Todd Coleman
Banana-Coconut Packets

Banana-Coconut Packets

Coconut cream, sticky rice, and bananas are tucked inside banana leaves and steamed together for a pudding-like dessert.Todd Coleman
Pho Bac

Pho Bac

Beef bones and spices like anise, cinnamon, and cardamom, flavor broth for a rich, heady Vietnamese soup.Todd Coleman
Shredded Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Leftover chicken layered with shredded cabbage, pungent fish sauce, spicy chiles, and fresh mint makes a bright and simple salad great for a quick lunch or weeknight meal.Laura Sant

Crab Spring Rolls

Crab Spring Rolls
For making spring rolls, most Vietnamese-American home cooks use the spongy, wheat-based wrappers called TYJ Spring Roll Pastry, which are made by the Spring Home company. They're available frozen at most Asian food stores.André Baranowski