Pho, banh mi, and coffee among Southeast Asia's must-try foods and beverages: CNBC

By Hoang Vu   March 6, 2023 | 10:17 pm PT
Pho, banh mi, and coffee among Southeast Asia's must-try foods and beverages: CNBC
Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk (L), beef noodle soup (top R) and banh mi. Photos by VnExpress
CNBC has named three Vietnamese staples, pho, banh mi and iced coffee in a list of Southeast Asia's must try dishes and drinks, praising Vietnamese cuisine for "its fresh and vibrant flavors."

Pho noodle soup consists of a rich, savory broth, rice noodles, and thinly sliced beef or chicken.

In Vietnam, pho bo (beef noodle soup) is the most beloved version, with options including the original raw beef, a mix of raw and cooked beef, brisket and tendon.

Although pho originated in Hanoi before moving to the south, the soup is considered a national dish and can be found all over the country. People around Vietnam have added their own touches to the dish.

A bowl of pho bo in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi costs from VND30,000 to VND50,000 ($1.32-$2.20).

Banh mi, an iconic Vietnamese street food that is widely loved well beyond the country's borders, has built quite a global reputation.

"It's the perfect option for a quick and tasty meal on the go," CNBC wrote.

Banh mi is Vietnam's version of a sandwich, a fusion of cold cuts and vegetables, such as coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, combined with condiments from French cuisine, such as pate and mayonnaise.

Street vendors add a variety of other popular fillings including cha lua (Vietnamese pork bologna), fried eggs, grilled pork, and meat balls to enhance the flavor.

A banh mi sandwich costs from VND15,000 to VND50,000, depending on added toppings. The Anan Saigon Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City serves a $100 banh mi.

CNBC also recommended tourists try a cup of ca phe sua da, which is a perfect pick-me-up on a hot afternoon. Ca phe sua da combines a strong coffee poured over ice and mixed with condensed milk. It is usually served in a tall glass for VND10,000-VND15,000 at street-side stalls and VND40,000-VND60,000 at high-end cafés.

CNBC also recommended Thai street foods such as tom yum and pad Thai, and Indonesia’s nasi goreng (fried rice) and satay (skewers) as Southeast Asia’s must try foods.

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