More than 10 years ago Vietnamese restaurants started experimenting with steak – a new style of food for them. It was an instant hit with restaurants going on to specialise in the dish. Like every food fad there are peaks and troughs, but this one has lasted to the extent that Vietnamese beef steak is an adopted dish, like pizza or french fries.
Pictured above is beef steak thap cam, a hearty combination of sizzling hot, thin, tender, marinated beef steak with pork balls, eggs, pate and a touch of veges.
As always dining in Viet Nam is as much a part of the experience as soaking up the surroundings. Located on the busy Su Van Hanh Street in District 10 in Ho Chi Minh City, the popular steak restaurant, Hoa Diem Son, where this dish was eaten is largely open to the street and alleyway alongside. It’s a great place to sit and be mesmerised by the traffic and watch the steak being cooked in front of your eyes.
Vietnamese people enjoy eating steak at any time of day, even breakfast. So, when you’re seeking a taste from home, but don’t really feel like burgers or sandwiches, perhaps give Vietnamese beef steak a try. It’s been made to suit the local palate, so it’s not like steak from home, but it is tasty.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried Vietnamese beef steak. Let me know what you think.