Happy new years to everyone! It’s been awhile since I have blogged anything on here. But here’s to a new year with tons of dining opportunities.
As I was pretty hungover from last nights libations, I headed off to one of my favorite mainstays to get my mojo back.
Yen Phuong is located in District 4 in Ho Chi Minh City and specializes in Bun Bo Hue and Banh Canh Gio Heo. Everyone knows about Bun Bo Hue and it’s pretty good here but it’s the Banh Canh Gio Heo that makes me come back. One of the plethora of noodle soups you can get in Vietnam, what makes this one different is the chewy, round noodles made from tapioca and rice. With an udon-like texture, these noodles make for some of the best slurping experiences you can get in Vietnam.
The broth for this soup is a porky, yet light body and comes with some thin slices of pork along with a hunk of pork knuckle. Sliced scallions and deep fried shallots garnish the bowl. After adding some lime and a huge spoonful of chopped chili, it was a perfect antidote to my hangover.
I also ordered a couple plates of Banh Beo. One of my favorite Central Vietnam dishes, it consists of a steamed rice pancake which also uses tapioca. Topping the steamed pancake isground pork, scallions and a dollop of chili. Add some nuoc cham and you have a fantastic end to the first meal of 2013.