Although I'm not Vietnamese, I grew up eating at plenty of the Vietnamese restaurants that surrounded my Houston neighborhood. But more than 20 years later, I have a confession: even for me, those menus — with their complicated spellings and manifold accent marks — can be pretty darn confusing!
But regardless of your familiarity with ethnic foods, absolutely don't let the foreign-looking ingredients and dishes deter you. Vietnamese food, which features everything from hearty sandwiches to noodle soups, is the ultimate comfort cuisine. Keep reading for a basic overview of some of our favorite dishes and the ingredients that comprise them.