If you come to Soc Trang, you will have a chance to enjoy various specialty foods including main dishes, desserts, and snacks. A bowl of Rice noodle soup with pepper (Bun tieu gio) will fill and warm your stomach, give you much energy after a long day traveling the province.
In comparison to other kinds of rice noodle soups in Vietnam, Bun tieu gio is a simpler. However it has a typical flavor from hot and strong-smelling black pepper. Similar to most Vietnamese noodle soups, the soul of this dish is the great broth cooked from black pepper, pork bone and fresh coconut water. The broth is clear, rich, a little hot, smooth and sweet. The noodle soup is topped with tender stewed pig leg, sliced ham. Instead of pork, they also use duck.
To serve this dish, put some tender, a little chewy rice noodles into a bowl, add toppings such as stewed pig leg, sliced ham, poached bean sprouts, herbs (basil, Vietnamese balm), sliced shallots, then pour some broth to cover the noodles and toppings. While other kinds of Vietnamese noodle soups are dipped in fish sauce dip made from various ingredients, Bun tieu gio in Soc Trang simply is dipped in fish sauce with some black pepper. Chili pepper slices and lime wedges are also served so that dinner can add sourness or hotness to the dish when eating.
It has been said that there is no better than eating hot Rice noodle soup with pepper in Soc Trang on raining days or cold days. Sipping the broth with the typical hotness of black peppers is the best way to beat the cold. A comfort, delicious and unique dish like Bun tieu gio is worth a try on your trip to Soc Trang where the cuisine is a mix of three different cuisines: Chinese, Kinh and Khmer.
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