10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

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In this cookbook, you'll learn how to cook at home the 10 most favourite and delicious Vietnamese dishes for your lunches or to wow your dinner guests. These are simple and convenient to make with customised methods best suited for our busy and hectic lifestyles.

The recipes come in various flavours, styles and proteins, from chicken, pork, beef, prawns to vegan. So there is bound to be something to suit you.

1. Hanoi Chicken Pho (Phở Gà Hà Nội)

Hanoi Chicken Pho recipe - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

I know that you may have heard of or tried Vietnamese Pho, which is typically served with beef, or it’s more delicate cousin, Chicken Pho. But let me tell you why Hanoi Pho is the best. Pho is a type of noodle soup that originated in northern Viet Nam. Over time, the food was spread down to the south with some modications. However, Hanoi is where you can find the most authentic and delicate Pho.

There are two main types of Pho, Beef Pho and Chicken Pho. Beef pho is easier to make in my opinion as beef itself has a stronger flavor, so it won’t be a big challenge to make the broth stand out. However, it’s more of a challenge for Chicken Pho.

I’ve been living in Sydney for a few years and have been to numerous Pho restaurants, both in the CBD and outskirt Vietnamese suburbs. So far, I haven’t found one that makes very good Chicken Pho.

If you’re thinking that making this dish will take you hours to prepare the broth, you should know that this is not always the case. These days, none of us have much time, so I’m going to show you how to make the original Hanoi Chicken Pho for you to enjoy on a week night or simply to wow your guests, without having to spend hours preparing.

Let’s make the best Chicken Pho in town!

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2. Meatball Rib Noodles with Pineapple Soup (Bún Mọc Sườn Chua)

Meatball Rib Noodles with Pineapple Soup - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

This is a specialty, suitable for dinner, ideal as a treat to your family or friends especially those who are meat lovers.

Meatball Rib Noodles is a Hanoi dish that you can hardly nd anywhere else but some streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. And even if you find a restaurant that offers this dish, there’s not a high chance that it will be as authentic as this recipe!

So why not try to make it at home if you’re a foodie and love Vietnamese cuisine? A dish for you to show off your cooking skills and something special to offer your family or close friends. Now let’s roll our sleeves up.

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3. Young Rice Chicken Burgers (Chả Cốm Burgers)

Young Rice Chicken Burgers - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

Okay, I’m confident that you have never heard of this before. This truly is where “East meets West”. The patty is of a traditional Hanoi dish, a nice treat to the family in the fall where young rice produces the best flavor. It is usually served with rice and some veggies. The idea of having it in a burger bun popped up when I made this for my partner. And after the first trial, it convinced me.

Let’s make a great treat for Sunday family gathering lunch or barbeque, or a delicious week-day dinner.

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4. Coconut Pork Stew (Thịt Kho Tàu Nước Dừa)

Coconut Pork Stew recipe - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

Meat lovers, get excited! I know, Vietnamese cuisine is so diverse, we have numerous salad dishes and countless meat ones, and this is right up there as one of the best meat dishes.

The main taste of this dish is the richness and tenderness of pork belly plus crunchiness of pork skin, together with the attractive flavor of fresh coconut juice. The combination of all gives you goosebumps!

Ok, it’s now cooking time.

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5. Peanut Sticky Rice (Xôi Lạc)

Peanut Sticky Rice  - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

This is an amazing dish to serve with any savory food such as grilled meat or steamed meat. Or you can have it on its own whenever you feel your body can be a bit ‘generous’ with carbs. But don’t forget nutritious peanuts will fill you up quickly without needing too much rice 🙂

This can be a quick meal for lunch or on the go.

* Note: the ideal result should be tender peanuts and sticky rice, not too dried and not too wet. No burning at the bottom of the pot.

* It’s super convenient if you have a rice cooker.

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6. Sweet and sour pork ribs (Sườn Xào Chua Ngọt)

Sweet and sour pork ribs - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

Another contender for my last meal! The name may already tell you about the prominent flavours of the dish, sweet and sour. But don’t misjudge it after reading the sentence. Sweetness here is the natural sweetness of the rib bones combined with a little bit of brown sugar.

And I really do mean just a little bit, unlike many other recipes that are too generous with sugar! The sour flavour comes from fresh tomatoes too, so it’s all natural ingredients.

What you expect from this dish is the tender pork ribs coated in a beautiful natural sweet-and-sour flavour.

Ok. Let’s get down to business 🙂

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7. Magic Healthy Chicken Shiitake Mushroom & Sweetcorn Soup (Súp Gà Ngô Nấm)

Chicken Shiitake Mushroom Sweetcorn Soup - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

If you go to a wedding in Vietnam, it’s highly likely that you will see this delicious soup being served as a starter. Yum. 

Not just for weddings, it’s also a nice treat for someone in the family whenever they’re not feeling well. It can also be a main dish for your weekday quick and nutritious dinners.

Okay, let’s see how it’s made.

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8. Sweet & Sour Chicken Glass Noodle Salad with Herbs & Peanuts (Sa Lát Miến Gà)

Chicken Glass Noodle Salad - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

Well, this is a traditional and very delicious dish that my mum used to make for the family. Especially during the Tet festival time, we cook a lot of boiled chicken as a tradition, and always have to think of a way to use up all of the leftovers. Chicken salad is the most popular option for it.

It’s again, an original Hanoian dish which I don’t see so often on the Internet. Whenever I have found it, the recipe has been modified and it turns into something else, not the original Chicken Glass Noodle salad anymore. 🙁

The name tells it all. Sweet and sour is the prominent flavour. Also, you’ll enjoy the freshness of spearmint and the richness of peanuts. The dish is delicious, refreshing and not fatty. What else can I say?

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9. Stir Fried Beef Pho Noodles (Phở Bò Xào)

Stir Fried Beef Pho Noodles - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

If you visit Hanoi, this will be one of the street food dishes you will want to try. It’s another version of Pho which is also very popular in Vietnam besides the famous traditional Pho noodle soup. 

The dish highlights the key beef ingredients in a combination with vegetables, Pho noodles and the broth. It’s fast to make, delicious and not too exotic so it will likely please everyone if you ever make it for your guests.

All right, let’s dive in!

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10. Vegan Fried Spring Rolls (Nem Chay Rán)

Vegan Fried Spring Rolls - 10 Favourite Vietnamese Dinner and Lunch Recipes For You To Try

All right, Vietnamese fried spring rolls but vegan! Will they be as delicious as their popular pork counterparts? Well I’m here to assure you that you won’t be regretted. This vegan fried spring roll version will please even ‘die-hard’ fans of meat.

It’s full of flavours, crunchy outside, soft and moist inside. The richness of shiitake mushroom, the crunchiness of earwood mushroom, combined with the sweetness of carrot, kohlrabi, onion, and other veggies and herbs. A small amount of glass noodle inside each roll will complete the flavour and won’t leave you hungry.

And do you know what another great part is? You can eat as many rolls as you want and won’t have to worry too much about fat, cholesterol or carbs. 😉

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