Vietnamese dishes including bo kho (stewed beef), bo nhung dam (beef in vinegar hot pot) and bun cha (grilled pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles) have been named among the world’s 100 best meat dishes, according to readers’ votes of the TasteAtlas, the world’s most famous encyclopedia of flavors, traditional dishes, and authentic restaurants.
Vietnamese dishes including bo kho, bo nhung dam and bun cha (grilled pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles) have been named among the world’s 100 best meat dishes (Photo: tasteatlas.com)
According to the website, bo kho includes ingredients such as diced beef, carrots, lemongrass, cinnamon, chili, pepper, garlic, and shallots, all simmered in a spicy and aromatic broth. It can also be served over noodles or bread, and it is customary to serve a variety of fresh herbs on the side.
Bo nhung dam is a Vietnamese version of a hot pot that is traditionally served in a communal style. In its basic form, the dish consists of a vinegar-flavored broth that may also include coconut milk or juice, lemongrass, onions, or other additions, while typical accompaniments include thinly sliced raw beef and an assortment of fresh vegetables and herbs such as bean sprouts, daikon, lettuce, cucumbers, mint, basil, and perilla leaves.
Bun cha is a pork and noodle dish that is intricately connected to Hanoi, where it is believed to have originated from. The dish combines three elements: a bowl of grilled pork meatballs served in a cold broth, a plate of rice noodles, and a combination of various fresh greens such as perilla leaves, lettuce, coriander, and morning glory.
Although bun cha or similar varieties can be found in other parts of Vietnam, the Hanoi version is held in high regard, a must-try dish to most foreign visitors.