5 Great Vietnamese Soups That Aren't Pho

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Fuck Yeah Pho
Not the end all when it comes to Vietnamese soup

When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and textures.

If you haven't experimented with Vietnamese soups yet, you're going to want to now. Here are 5 great Vietnamese soups to start.

5. Bun Mang Vit (Duck and Dried Bamboo Noodle Soup)
Taste This At: Kasey's Noodle and Grill in Westminster and Vien Dong Restaurant in Garden Grove

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It's a beaut!

If you're into duck, then you need to try bun mang vit, a vermicelli soup made with duck and dried bamboo. The flavor of the broth comes from lemongrass, ginger, chili and aforementioned bamboo, while the tender and crunchy texture of the soup come from fried shallots, vegetables and... also the bamboo. The duck is eaten with nuoc mam cham (sweet ginger dressing) for a kick, as nuoc mam cham itself is all at once sweet, spicy and salty.

4. Bun Rieu (Crab and Tomato Noodle Soup)
Taste This At: Quan Bun Ban Mai in Westminster and Vien Dong Restaurant in Garden Grove

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Looks molten, but it's not... most of the time.

Bun rieu is the perfect noodle soup if you're feeling something light but still flavorsome. Consisting of a clear tomato broth mixed in with either crab or shrimp paste, bun rieu's overall light quality is complemented by the stronger flavors of crab meat mixture and Vietnamese fish cakes. Tofu, fried shallots, and cabbage are added for flavor and a crunchy texture while mint, lemon, and basil leave the soup smelling aromatic and tasting fresh.



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ducnguyen.draf
ducnguyen.draf

Where is Bun Mam - one of the best traditional soup of our South Vietnam?

Y-Nguyen Tina Nguyen
Y-Nguyen Tina Nguyen

There are much more Vietnamese noodle soups out there with different flavors and different types of soup. Pho is far different from these. For example, a traditional American chicken soup is different from cream of potato.. Why?? Because of the ingredients and the ways to make it.. So the same goes to Pho and the rest of other Vietnamese noodle soups! We don't only have pho.. Only if pho is your reference of soup! That, you only want pho. I get offended when I see non-Vietnamese customers come in and tried other noodle soups and claimed that it was like pho, but why do we call it something else?? Because it wasn't pho.. And if they did some research and see the recipe then they would know why.. It was glass noodle soup with pork and seafood! Pho has different spices such as cumin, star anise, cinnamon sticks and other spices that makes it a distinct broth taste for pho which the other 5 different Vietnamese noodle soups do not have. Each noodle soup has it's own flavor and taste. Try them; it will open up your horizon in the Vietnamese noodle soup. If you don't like them, then stick with pho. At least you get to expose to other Vietnamese noodle soups, which are not pho.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Read the piece and find out!

Gene Diep
Gene Diep

Kayla ... let's make Bun Bo Hue!!!

Mark Rickel
Mark Rickel

....just watch out for all the MSG's

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

Why would you want viet soup that isn't pho? stupid

Nick Izzi
Nick Izzi

...good old OC comfort food...and not expensive...thanks...OC...see ya soon...

Gregory Nagel
Gregory Nagel

I'm not a smoker personally, but damn I bet you're right! We should test out this theory and blog about it.

Minerva Thai
Minerva Thai

Nope. I bet pho would be AWESOME if you were high.

Minerva Thai
Minerva Thai

Never sick of pho. All the other soups are great too though =]

bluezinnia
bluezinnia

How on earth can you say that??  You can say YOU don't like 'em--but don't just dismiss an entire cuisine that millions and millions of people  around the world love!

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