Vietnam had has been on my Bucket list for a long time !! So when We decided to take the trip to Hanoi which is the capital of Vietnam; I was thrilled beyond words. Finally, A Culture that I have been fascinated with was going to be Real for Me.
Hanoi is known for its Rich culture & A strong Chinese & French Influence. It is located in the northern region of Vietnam & has a subtropical climate experiencing all the four seasons of Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring which is the Amazing Season I was welcomed with.
HANOI is so Rustic, that’s my first thought of this City.. People in Hundreds on Scooters & Scooties, People taking their vegetables , fruits, flowers on cycles, vendors selling food & actually cutting meat on the streets ( a sight which was difficult for me to ignore ) but still Beautiful amongst all this with their Fresh Vegetables , Fruits & Flowers !!!
The Weather in Early March was Awesome especially when we had reached there after the sweltering Mumbai Heat… Around 18°C to 20°C during the day to Chilly at 10°C in the night, we loved the weather. The outskirts of the city are absolutely Green with fields all through the way…
Hanoi grows on you literally !!! A YouTube video coming up soon on my trip.
Now about the food. Food is so Fresh & Natural that the Flavours burst on your Buds
Vegetarian food is a bit of a problem in some areas but some of the areas like The Old Quarters & the Lakeside have ample choice & really good ones !! Indian food though could be a problem to find.
I had some Amazing Vietnamese Rice, Noodles, Spring Rolls at different places, each one having their Unique Recipe but all so Delicious.
Today I’ll be sharing My Version of the Famous Vietnamese Noodles known as BANH PHO which is Flat Vietnamese Noodles, their width varies from thin to broad, the broad ones being my favourite. Made with Rice Flour & Water, they become translucent when cooked..used in Pad Thai & Pho Soup; these are readily available in the market. But I’ll be sharing the method of making these in my Recipe below.
So here’s the Recipe of Vietnamese NOODLES. BANH PHO made Vegetarian
- 1/4 cups of Rice Flour
- tablespoons of cornflour
- cups of water
- tablespoon of oil
- Salt to taste
- Mix the ingredients together in a bowl into a batter, not too thick, nor too thin.
- Make sure there are no lumps
- Boil water in a pan
- Grease a heatproof plate/steel plate with oil
- Pour a ladleful of the batter in the plate & spread it around the full plate.
- Place the plate above the boiling water, it should not touch the water.
- Put a lid on & cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Remove the plate from the pan.
- Cut into strips while it’s hot.
- Cool for around 7 to 8 minutes
- Remove the strips, apply some oil to them & keep aside to use later in the Recipe.
- You can even make these in a Dhokla Maker as shown in the pics
For the Main Dish
U NEED —-
- 2 carrots cut into chunks / big pieces
- 1 small broccoli cut into florets
- Some white cauliflower florets
- 10 green beans cut in half
- Few Cabbage leaves torn into pieces
- Few Spinach leaves ( can take pakchoy )
- 2 teaspoon of oil
For the Sauce —-
- 4 tablespoon of peanut oil
- 3 tablespoons Garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons of soya sauce
- 3 tablespoon of green chilli sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Red Chilli sauce
- 2 tablespoons of powdered brown sugar
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in a pan.
2. Add the carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, beans.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of water, put a lid & cook for about 8 minutes
4. Now add the cabbage, spinach & cook for 4 minutes.
5. Remove from the gas & keep aside to cool
For the Sauce —
- Heat the Peanut oil in a pan
2. Add the garlic paste, soya sauce, green & red chilli sauce, brown sugar, salt & cook for 3 minutes
3. Add half the sauce to the steamed vegetables
4. From the prepared Noodles, add the sauce to half, the rest can be stored in the fridge for about 1 week in an airtight container to be used later.
For the Garnish
Fry some sliced shallots or small onions in oil & keep aside
For the Assembling
Heat the Vegetables & Noodles separately
Take a fancy plate & place the noodles & Vegetables as shown
Garnish with the fried onions.
Yesssssss, it’s a long Recipe but not that difficult I assure you… Especially worth it when your loved ones will relish every bite, just prepare the noodles one day prior if you wish !!
Serve this Delicious Dish with some clear soup & it cannot get better !!!
As usual, I hope you Enjoyed the Recipe & if you did, Do like & follow my blog !!!
Be Happy & Thankful…
Do let me know if you want more Vegetarian Vietnamese Recipes in the Comments below !!!!