Hu Tieu My Tho – Assorted Rice Noodle Soup
Pho, Bun Bo, and Hu Tieu are the three most well-known Vietnamese noodle soup dishes that you can even find overseas. This has lead to the appearance of too many versions and modifications, making it difficult to get the best and the most original soups. You should get pho in Hanoi, bun bo in Hue, and lastly, hu tieu in My Tho for the ultimate authenticity.
Unlike any hu tieu vendor anywhere else, the first moment you will be overwhelmed by the inventory on the table: fish sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, black bean sauce, lime cuts, bean sprouts, whole tiny hot chilies, sliced big colorful chilies, pickled chilies, garlic and onion, and a basket of local herbs. Then you get spirited away by the appearance and the fragrance of a heavenly bowl of soup.
Hu Tieu My Tho consists of locally-made rice noodles, fresh shrimp, pork and pig liver cuts, stir-fried ground pork, sautéed minced garlic, and a squeeze of lime. The broth is a mind-blowing consommé that once riddled Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and the 2013 MasterChef runner-ups: “The assault of flavors right away.”
Let me unveil the secret: it is made by simmering seared ginger, grilled onion, caramelized pineapple, a combination of beef, chicken and pork bones, and dried seafood up to 8 hours with a mixture of spices for the finish.
In my opinion, this should be on your bucket list of delicacies that you should have more than once in your whole life, not just one of the dishes to try in Vietnam. The best way to fully experience the flavor is to get a hu tieu kho – mixed hu tieu with garlic oil, red vinegar, soy sauce, and the broth on the side.
Here are the top 3 places that you can get this amazing treat of flavors, just under $1.5
One of the best and most famous hu tieu vendors is My Tho, 50 years of making and staying true to the originality of hu tieu My Tho.
Hu Tieu Chay Cay Bo De – Vegetarian Hu Tieu, My Tho City / Location: 24 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia st., Ward 1, My Tho City, Tien Giang