Pho Cuon (Rolled Rice Pancake)

Published:  10:52 Wednesday - July 27, 2016

Pho Cuon (Rolled Rice Pancake)

Pho cuon is one of the most famous specialties in Hanoi with the combination between fresh vegetable, pork and spices.

According to stories, there was one street vendor at the corner of Ngu Xa and Nguyen Khac Hieu Street in Hanoi which sold traditional Vietnamese Pho for diners who were watching football late in the evening.


One day, the broth ran out and there were some uncut noodles left. Therefore, to satisfy the hunger of customers, the man invented a new dish. He pressed the noodles like rice paper roll and then added the beef into the roll with herbs. When served, the rolls were dipped in the Vietnamese dipping sauce with sugar, vinegar, water, garlic and fish sauce. Surprisingly, the visitors were interested in this new food. After that, the shop changed to new style of Pho.


In the last 20 years, rolled Pho has become a special choice of Hanoi citizens. There has been some luxury restaurants selling it and the visitors are coming more frequently. The restaurants that sell rolled Pho usually also provide some other Pho dishes for the customers such as fried Pho with beef, deep fried Pho with eggs, crispy Pho; but guests would always choose rolled Pho as their first course.

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