7 Variations of Rice Noodles in Vietnam

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Hue Grilled Pork Noodle

When it comes to Vietnam, people usually think about beautiful landscapes and unique cuisines related to rice. Rice is known as “the pearl of heaven”, people always appreciate such a precious gift from nature. From rice, the chef can create diverse meals with different variations of rice noodles in Vietnam.


Pho is one of the typical things for Vietnamese cuisine. It is originated from the North of Vietnam, but from time to time Pho is spread around the country. Pho is a harmonious combination between broth, noodles and herbs. Not only locals but foreigners really enjoy Pho at first taste.

Phở Vietnam

Phở Vietnam

Bun Cha

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Cha) is a classic dish in the North of Vietnam. The features of Bun Cha are flavorful and juicy pork meatballs, vermicelli noodles, various fresh herbs and traditional fish sauce. This dish is held dear in Hanoians hearts as well as northerners from generation to generation. It is a piece of cake to find Bun Cha at every corner of Hanoi, from big streets to small alleys. People in the North eat these grilled pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles for either lunch or dinner.

Bun Cha Hanoi

Bun Cha Hanoi

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Bun Dau Mam Tom is another dish with a delicious taste but terrible smell, having three main ingredients: vermicelli noodles, fried tofu, and shrimp paste. Like durian, if you can’t stand its smell, you can love this food at the first taste. This dish is usually served on a met, a round shaped bamboo flat container, typically used to present food in the north.

Beef Noodle Soup

Bun Bo is a popular Vietnamese soup that is tasty dish you shouldn’t miss when visiting Vietnam, especially in Hue. The dish is greatly mixture for its balance of spicy, salty, and umami flavors. Bun Bo is originated in Huế, a former capital of Vietnam. The broth is cooked by simmering pork bones and beef shank with lemongrass, and then seasoned with fermented shrimp sauce and sugar for taste. Spicy chili oil is added later during the cooking process. Bún Bò usually includes thin slices of boiled beef shank, crab meat balls, and pig’s knuckles. It can also include cubes of congealed pig blood, which makes dishes become more delicious. Another thing to make the dish more attractive is many kinds of herbs such as cilantro sprigs, diced green onions, raw sliced onions, chili sauce, thinly sliced banana blossom, mint, Vietnamese coriander , saw tooth herb and sometimes mung bean sprouts.

Hue Beef Noodle (Bún bò Huế)

Hue Beef Noodle (Bún bò Huế)

Cao Lau

Cao Lau is the foremost tradition food in Hoian. Cao Lau comprises of the signature Cao Lau noodles, slices of barbecue pork, pork crackling, bean sprouts, lettuce and herbs, then it is finished with a spoonful of stock. Cao Lau noodles are carefully made from local fresh rice, which cannot be replicated outside of the ancient town because the water used in must take from Ba Le well. The broth of this dish looks quite similar to “xa xiu” Chinese style, but actually it brings the special local flavor that is not the same as any other broth. Trying Cau Lau is definitely one of the top things to do in Hoi An.

Cao lau - Hoi An speciality

Cao lau – Hoi An speciality

Quang Noodle

This is the typical dish in Hoian and Quang Nam. The noodle is yellow or white in color and made from rice flour. It is mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables, and topped with grilled rice paper. My Quang is one of different variations of rice noodle in Vietnam, because the noodles are made from rice and covered with soup as serving. The broth of Quang noodles create the spirit of this dish. There are many kinds of broth, including chicken broth, pork broth and frog broth. Quang soft noodle soup have the best taste when being served with a variety of herbs, such as mint leaves, houttunya, cabbage, onion, coriander and so on. What makes Quang noodle soups unique is the richness of the broth, the lack of it and the crushed peanut toppings on the noodles.

Quang Noodle - A popular food in Danang and Hoi An

Banh Canh

Vietnamese thick noodle soup is another version of Vietnamese noodles. These noodles are similar to Japanese Udon noodles. The noodles are made from tapioca flour and a bit of rice flour. Bánh Canh noodle soups usually have broths stewing from pork or chicken and have some ingredients to eat with like fish ball, shrimp ball or pork ball.


banh canh vietnam

Now, do you know which dish you should try? If you haven’t chosen yet, our advice for you is that you should enjoy all of them to know about different variations of rice noodles in Vietnam. It can be sure that you won’t regret it when you try them.

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