Sometimes we associate rich, hearty food with cool weather. Curries, soups and stews are perfect comfort food for winter. Ho Chi Minh City rarely cools down below 15 degrees celcius, but they love their curry, and the best time to eat it is for breakfast.
Bo Kho can be eaten with baguettes (banh mi bo kho) or rice/egg noodles (hu tieu mi bo kho) with greens of course, and with this dish you’ll always be served culantro (ngo gai), the Vietnamese herb rau thom and fresh chillies. Then to make it even more delicious you’ll have a little plate in which you can mix salt, pepper and lime juice (muoi tieu chanh). All of this adds to an already flavourful beef curry stew, which has special ingredients like lemongrass, onion, spring onion, ginger, cinnamon and star anise, to name just a few.
Imagine starting your day with salty, spicy, sour and curry flavours. All you need to balance it out is a sweet, cool glass of plum juice (nuoc xi muoi). Mm..mmm!
What’s your favourite breakfast dish?