Enjoy Western takes on classic Vietnamese dishes, from nourishing soups to flavorful meats

Jessica Mordo  – January 22, 2020 | Updated January 24, 2020

Appetizers

Annabelle Breakey

Sizzling Saigon Crêpes (Bánh Xèo)

This Saigon street snack makes for a satisfying opening act to a meal.

Recipe: Sizzling Saigon Crêpes (Bánh Xèo)

Vietnamese Noodle Rolls

Some might say that no Vietnamese-themed menu is complete without a platter of fresh rolls. We’d be inclined to agree.

Recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Rolls

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Crispy fried wings get some tangy heat from the Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Recipe: Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wraps with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

These meatballs get extra-crispy texture courtesy of panko breadcrumbs.

Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wraps with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Salads

Grilled Chicken and Melon Salad with Crispy Shallots
Iain Bagwell

Vietnamese Herb Salad

Celebrate the herbaceous flavors that are central to Vietnamese cooking. Want to make it a meal? Top it with spiced turkey meatballs.

Recipe: Vietnamese Herb Salad

Grilled Chicken and Melon Salad with Crispy Shallots

This dinner guests-worthy salad gets some special touches in the form of homemade shallot oil, a spicy chicken marinade, and sweet melon to balance the heat.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Melon Salad with Crispy Shallots

Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad

Thinly-sliced rib-eye, a deep hit of umami, herbs, and more top a mound of rice noodles in this hearty dinner salad that comes together in a half-hour.

Recipe: Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad

Cucumber Salad with Caramelized Shallots and Herbs

This salad, courtesy of Seattle chefs and siblings Eric and Sophie Banh, is doubly crunchy thanks to fresh cucumber and fried shallots, a staple of Vietnamese cooking.

Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Caramelized Shallots and Herbs

Soups

Victor Protasio

Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho

Use this hack for pho, courtesy of cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, and enjoy it in a fraction of the time it would normally take to cook.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Soup

Typically served as part of a meal in Vietnam, this flavorful shrimp soup could just as easily be the main event.

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Shrimp Soup

Entrees

Iain Bagwell

Hanoi-Style Salmon with Turmeric and Dill

A traditional Vietnamese dish gets a Western twist by subbing salmon for snakehead fish. The turmeric gives it an extra pop of festive color.

Recipe: Hanoi-Style Salmon with Turmeric and Dill

Shaking Beef

Legendary chef Charles Phan (of Slanted Door fame) uses filet mignon in his version of the classic recipe.

Recipe: Shaking Beef

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops

Thin pork chops cook up quickly in this easy recipe flavored with the essential Viet ingredient of lemongrass.

Recipe: Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops

Banh Mi Rice Noodle Bowl

The beloved sandwich gets reinvented as a noodle bowl that can be customized with an assortment of toppings.

Recipe: Banh Mi Rice Noodle Bowl

Drinks

Thomas J. Story

The Spirit of Saint Tran

Lime, pineapple, litchi, fresh herb, and oolong tea enliven this rum cocktail named for a 13th-century Vietnamese general.

Recipe: The Spirit of Saint Tran

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

When you need a sweet caffeine jolt, look no further than this classic beverage.

Recipe: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

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