One of the most popular dishes in Vietnam is the Hot Pot. The Hot Pot is basically a savory soup that you more or less make yourself at the table. In a typical Hot Pot restaurant you’ll sit at a table with a burner in the middle and then they’ll use it to heat a pot of broth, and you can add a variety of ingredients to the Hot Pot, that are brought to your table. The secret to a good Hot Pot rests in the broth, in that way it’s very similar to Pho. A good broth will mean the difference between a delicious Hot Pot or not, and like Pho there are many different kinds of broths that can be used to make many different kinds of Hot Pots. Below are some of the more popular Hot Pots that people can enjoy here in Vietnam, either in a restaurant or on the street. These Hot Pots can be found quite readily all over Vietnam.
Sweet and sour seafood hot pot
This is a very popular Hot Pot in Vietnam, and like the title of the Hot Pot says, this is a savory soup made combining a sour and sweet flavour together with a variety of seafood. The typical ingredients include vegetables, seafood, noodles and a special broth. All are cooked over an open flame and together create a truly tasty soup.
Goat hot pot
Lẩu Dê” (goat hot pot) is quite famous in Vietnam for both its nutritious value and appetizing flavor. The goat meat and bone are tender, creating a sweet and flavorful broth, typical of “lẩu dê”. Unlike other hotpots, “lẩu dê” is boiled in a clay pot on a coal cooker. Using vegetables like fresh cabbage, water morning glory, carrot, celery as well as tofu, “mỳ bánh đa”, a kind of vermicelli and taro are also added into the boiling clay pot. And when foods become tender and imbued with the sweet flavor of the stock the dish is ready to enjoy. Just pick up some hot meat slices, dip it into a special sauce, called “chao”, and then enjoy this savory dish.
Goby hot pot
This dish is the most popular of all the Vietnamese Street Foods. The hot pot is usually cooked with one of the more popular flavors of Southeast Asia’s people the River Leaves (La Giang). When the broth is boiled a live fish is added into the pot. Though it is a bit cruel to the fish, it creates a very fresh dish full of flavor. After this you can add whatever vegetables you enjoy into the pot like spinach, “rau dang” (lowgrass) and banana flowers. The flavors of this soup are ones to be enjoyed again and again.
Sauce fish hot pot
The main ingredient of this dish is salted fish made of ca linh (a species of small fish). When boiling the dish, it creates a distinct and mouth-watering smell of salted fish. The dishes other ingredients include mixed lean and fat meat, eel, snail, soya curd. However, the most attractive and healthy ingredients are the dozens of fresh vegetables namely lotus rootstock, water-lily, colza, coriander, banana flower, water hyacinth, etc. This dish is a kind of hot pot and is served as a soup. The vegetables are added after the soup is heated up and together make for a healthy and delicious eating experience.
The south’s red tilapia hot pot
This popular dish is found in the Southern part of Vietnam and comes from the Mekong Delta region. Red Tilapia is a popular fish because of its’ white, firm, fatty meat creates a delicious complement to the savory broth used in the hot pot. The Red Tilapia has long been a popular fish to eat in the Delta and as such is plentiful and easy to find. The broth is salty and made from small spring onions, tomatoes, and ginger so that it has a sort of sharp tomato flavour running throughout. This combined with the fish and a variety of vegetables makes for one tasty hot pot.