My friend recently asked me for a list of dishes other than pho and banh mi. These are my favorites. Suggestions are welcome!
  1. Banh Xeo = "Sizzling cake" (Savory, crispy Vietnamese crepe)
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    A crepe made of rice flour and turmeric filled with pork, shrimp, onion, bean sprouts, and mung beans. Break off bite sized portions and tuck inside a lettuce leaf. Dip in nuoc mam pha (fish sauce with minced garlic, vinegar, sugar, and lime). My grandma makes it the best!
  2. Bo Luc Lac = "Shaking Beef"
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    I love it when I see "shaking beef" on a menu. It's a literal translation that comes from the act of "shaking" the beef cubes in a skillet or wok. And it's so good! Beef cubes in a marinade of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic and pepper served over rice.
  3. Ca Kho To (caramelized fish in a clay pot)
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    Usually catfish, but I like salmon better. The rich, salty sauce is good over rice. Balance out the meal with boiled or pickled vegetables. Yum!
  4. Bun Tom Thit Nuong (rice noodles with grilled shrimp and pork)
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    One of my favorite lunches! The noodles sit on top of a bed of bean sprouts and chopped peanuts are sprinkled on top. When I'm really hungry I get it with bite sized egg roll.
  5. Banh Cuon (ground pork, minced mushrooms, and shallots wrapped in rice noodle sheet)
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    Served with sliced cha lua (vietnamese pork roll), crispy fried shallots, fresh cucumbers, bean sprouts, and nuoc cham (fish sauce)
  6. Pho Ap Chao (pan fried pho noodles)
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    Pan fried cooked pho noodles which are cut into little squares and then covered with a vegetable stir fry (with or without meat). The crispy pho soaks up all the yummy sauce.
  7. Banh hoi (steamed vermicelli noodles)
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    Delicious in lettuce wraps. Usually served with pork, beef, or prawns.
    Suggested by @mianguyen