How to eat Vietnamese noodle soups?
How to eat Vietnamese noodle soups? This may be easy to locals but difficult to some foreigners who are familiar with knife, spoon and fork to eat. You will be served noodles with delicious broth and toppings, a plate of vegetables and herbs, lemon juice wedges, chili and dipping sauce. In this post, I would like to introduce to foreigners how to eat Hue beef noodle soup – a specialty of Central Vietnam. Rice noodles of Hue beef noodle soup is cylindrical and thicker than rice noodles of other kinds of Vietnamese soups. Broth has special taste and smell from lemongrass and fermented shrimp paste. This food is full of toppings such as crab pie, blood pudding, pork, beef, chopped green onion… Bean spouts, shredded banana blossom, shredded morning glory and herbs couldn’t be missed to add freshness and taste to the savory noodle soup. People usually dip toppings in fish sauce. Lemon edges are served for whom prefer sour taste and chili for whom prefer hot taste.
Try to use chopsticks and spoon; chopstick is for eating noodles, toppings and vegetables, herbs; spoon is for eating broth. Sip some broth by the spoon to check if the broth meeting your taste so that you can add fish sauce, chili and lemon juice later.
Squeeze lemon juice from lemon edge into the bowl of noodle soup. Remember to remove lemon seeds so that they couldn’t make the broth bitter. You can add fish sauce to make the broth saltier. Add chili at your wish. Stir the dish by the spoon and sip the broth again to make sure it’s sour, hot and salty enough.
Put vegetables and herbs into the bowl of noodle soup.
Use chopsticks to tuck noodles in. Be careful because the noodles are long.
Use chopstick to eat toppings and spoon to eat broth. You can dip toppings into fish sauce before eating them.
Bring the bowl to your mouth and empty the savory broth.
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