It could be challenging getting to know Vietnamese street food as there are dishes that you may think inedible but was told otherwise by locals. The Vietnamese are adventurous eaters, and they are not afraid to eat the anything that generous nature gives them. It is very common for tourists to be shunning from food like Pha Lau, which is nominated to be the most popular and best street food in Vietnam. But as people give it a try, maybe just a little sweet, a little sourish, a little touch, will leave them craving for more like an opium addict.
A hot Pha Lau bowl with a little thick soup, tamarind fish sauces, chilli, bread, and a colorful combination of fresh, light vegetables and herbs. Vietnamese gourmets, they will not skip this dish when they have a chance to taste it. There are 2 types of Pha Lau. One from cow’s intestine and one from Pig’s. In English, it is given another names, such as Beef Intestine Stew or Pig Intestine Stew. It can implicate many generations from children, students, worker to elderly. You can see Pha Lau any where on streets in Vietnam.
This is a cross-cultural product between Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine from many years, and the history run so deep that it could not be found anywhere else in the world or retained with such great a flavour like in Vietnam. Pha Lau includes stomach, small intestine, heart, lung, etc. from cows or pigs. They are cleaned thoroughly. Next comes the simple processing of embalming multi flavors and they are fried and hard boiled before adding coconut syrup, which is the main material of Pha Lau’s soup.
Mutual general of Pha Lau stores is the customers sit on the plastic chair, eating and chit-chatting on the streets. You can choose anything you want to eat. When eating this Vietnamese street food, you will not use fork or chopsticks. Small wood sticks are the best choice for enjoying this dish. With multiple flavours, every single piece can make your stress after a day of exploration disappear as soon as you tongue touches the first drop of soup.