The breakfast buffet at Sai Gon-Mui Ne resort offers a wide range of Vietnamese food. I felt overwhelmed and excited to see a lot of delicious food, especially Bún Bò Huế (Vietnamese beef noodles) and Bánh xèo (sizzling pancake)
1) Phở Gà (Chicken noodles) and Bún Bò Huế (Vietnamese beef noodles)
Upon entering the breakfast buffet area, I immediately sensed the noticeable flavor of Phở Gà (Chicken noodles) and Bún Bò Huế (Vietnamese beef noodles). There was a stall dedicated to the noodles with all of the seasonings such as chopped garlic, chili pepper flakes, shrimp paste, fish paste and lemon grass. There were dishes of thinly sliced beef shank or shredded chicken. The noodles are Vietnamese favorite breakfast. Therefore, we decided to have a bowl of beef noodles in advance. Eating the thick rice noodles and sipping the hot broth made me feel fresh in the morning.
2) Bánh xèo ( Sizzling pancake)
The meaning of the name ‘Bánh xèo’(sizzling pancake) originated from the sizzling sound when people made this food. Its crust is made of the rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric, egg, salt and green onions. The turmeric powder is the secret ingredient creating the yellow color which is the pancake’s signature. The shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and other vegetables are filled inside the pancakes. A slice of ‘Bánh xèo’ is wrapped in the lettuce leaves and dipped into a special fish sauce. The crispy yellow crust pervaded the light scent of turmeric. The fish sauce added more deep flavors to the shrimp and pork inside the crust.
3) Bánh hỏi thịt nướng ( Steamed vermicelli with grilled pork)
Bánh hỏi thịt nướng ( Steamed vermicelli with grilled pork) is usually eaten in the wedding or celebration, but we also eat them as breakfast. The steamed rice vermicelli is very thin, soft and woven into intricate bundles. People top the vermicelli with a layer of fried chopped garlics and scallions. Then we eat the rice vermicelli with grilled pork, vegetables and a special fish sauce.
4) Bánh cuốn ( Rice rolls) and Bánh bèo (Steamed round rice cakes)
Bánh cuốn ( Rice rolls) is definitely one of the most common Vietnamese breakfast. A thin wide sheet of fermented rice batter is filled with pork and steamed. After that, it is rolled and served with Chả lụa ( pork rolls), vegetables, fried scallions and dipped into the fish sauce.
Bánh bèo (Steam round rice cakes) originated from Huế which was famous for little rice cakes. They are very small round pancakes. They are topped with crispy minced pork and shrimp. The feeling of slurping up the little pancakes dipped in the fish sauce is awesome.
5) Bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette)
Bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette) is the delicious common breakfast in Vietnam. This kind of baguette is often filled with various ingredients such as meat balls, sausages, butter, eggs, tomatoes and vegetables. The thin crunchy crust of Bánh mì tastes very delicious.
6) Cháo trứng vịt muối ( Porridge with salted duck eggs)
Porridge is a light breakfast often served in winter. The white porridge has a mild taste, so people often eat it with salted duck eggs. The bright orange-red yolk stands out and tastes very delicious.
7) Xôi (Sticky rice)
Xôi (Sticky rice) is one of the most favorite breakfast for children and even the adults. You can find a lot of stalls selling sticky rice on the street. Sai Gon- Mui Ne resort provides sticky rice with red beans. The sticky rice is topped with shredded coconut.
8) Khoai lang hấp (boiled sweet potatoes)
Khoai lang hấp (boiled sweet potatoes) is the common breakfast in Vietnam countryside. The sweetness from the potatoes is very appetizing and delicious. Eating sweet potatoes makes us feel full for a long time. Hence, the farmers often eat this dish for breakfast to have full energy.
9) Khoai mì hấp dừa ( Steamed cassava with coconut)
Khoai mì hấp dừa ( Steamed cassava with coconut) is the simple and common food in countryside. The steamed cassava is very soft and tasty. The sesame condiment and shredded coconut are sprinkled on the cassava to create the salty and fatty taste. The hot cassava is perfect for a rainy morning.
10 ) Bắp ngô ( Corn)
Boiled corns are the common breakfast that you can see on any Vietnam street. It is a quick and healthy breakfast for busy people. The sweet corns bring back a lot of my childhood memories.