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Pho Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Rolling Pho)

July 12, 2023 - 1820 views

Pho Cuon (Vietnames Fresh Rolling Pho) is one of Vietnam delicacies which attract not only local people but also international ones. Travelling to Vietnam without trying this famous dish is a big regret.

Pho Cuon is a dish derived from Pho, first appeared at the intersection of Ngu Xa Street and Nguyen Khac Hieu Street in Hanoi. This tasty dish is made by wrapping fried beef with onion, lettuce, coriandrum sativum, basil and many other vegetables. It is usually accompanied by a small bowl of dipping sauce. The combination of fresh rice noodle, vegetables, beef and sweet and sour of dipping sauce makes Pho Cuon become one of the must-try food when visiting Hanoi and Vietnam.

Rolling Pho in Hanoi

Pho Cuon (Vietnamese fresh rolling Pho)

Overview of Pho Cuon

In recent years, Pho Cuon (Vietnamese fresh rolling Pho) has emerged and become one of the favorite dishes of both local people and international ones traveling to Hanoi. Pho Cuon is not much complicated in the cooking process. The place where invented Pho Cuon is a Pho restaurant at the crossroads between Ngu Xa and Nguyen Khac Hieu streets in Ha Noi. The owner of a noodle restaurant in this area has thought of how to use rolling Pho with beef and dipping fish sauce to eat. Some people tried it and felt good, so sooner his Pho restaurant became popular.

Pho cuon Hanoi

Pho Cuon is one of the favorite food in Hanoi

Ingredients and cooking process of Pho Cuon

To make Pho Cuon, we need to prepare the following things:

  • Rice sheets/Rice paper
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Tofu and sausages
  • Cucumbers
  • Vegetables

1. Rice Sheets/ Rice paper

It is easy to buy rice sheets in the market or super market. It is made from rice with the size of 10*15cm. 

2. Beef

For the types of meat to make Pho Cuon, you should not choose the type of too much lean meat because it will make Pho Cuon easy to dry. You can choose bacon or hock.

Note that the meat will only boil in the pot for 5 to 10 minutes, if left for longer the meat may dry out. In addition, when cutting it, you should not cut too thick, about 0.5 cm seems reasonable!

3. Egg

Tips: you should mix chicken eggs and duck eggs and add a little sauce.

4. Tofu and sausages

For both tofu and sausage, cut into long and thick strands about 0.5 cm thick. Remember that tofu must be fried beforehand!

5. Cucumber

When processing, if you want to keep the delicious, crunchy cucumber when eating,  please wash it and drain then peel the two ends of the fruit instead of peeling the cucumber. Cucumbers in the ingredients to make Pho Cuon, balance cut so that the thickness is nearly equal to the meat, egg.

6. Vegetables

You can combine many different vegetables according to your taste such as lettuce, lettuce, oregano, etc. Vegetables after picking and washing should soak a little salt dissolved in water for about 15 minutes to ensure hygiene and remember to soak for only about 15 minutes! Because if it takes longer than 15 m, the vegetables used as ingredients to make Pho Cuon will be crushed. 

Vietnamese Pho Cuon

Cooking process of Pho Cuon

With the ingredients above, what are you waiting for without going to the kitchen to prepare this simple dish for your family? Good luck!

Some good places to eat Pho Cuon

Pho Cuon is a favorite food in Hanoi which you can try in all seasons. Thus, there are a lot of places selling this kind of food in the city. Finding a good place to try Pho Cuon is not easy, especially for newcomers. These are some suggestions for the best places to taste Pho Cuon in Hanoi.

1. Pho Cuon Ngu Xa

  • Address: 233 To Hieu Street, Dich Vong Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 14:30 hrs and 17:00 - 21:30 hrs
  • Price: from 2 USD - 5 USD per dish

Pho Cuon Ngu Xa

Pho Cuon Ngu Xa

2. Pho Cuon 31

  • Address: 31, Ngu Xa Street, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City
  • Opening hours: 06:00 - 23:00 hrs
  • Price: 2 USD - 4 USD per dish

Pho Cuon 31

Pho Cuon 31

3. Huong Mai Restaurant

  • Address: 25-27 Ngu Xa Street, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 23:00 hrs
  • Price: 3 USD - 5 USD per dish

Pho Cuon Huong Mai

Pho Cuon Huong Mai

In conclusion, Pho Cuon is one of the unique and famous dishes you should try once you travel to Vietnam. Let's note it down in your list of "Things to do" when coming to this beautiful country!

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