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13 Best Vietnamese Soups that Go Beyond Pho

With a fun mix of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, it’s no wonder these Vietnamese soups are beloved around the world.

Try them once, and you’ll swoon!

Vietnamese Pho Soup with Prawns and Vegetables
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Richly diverse, always fresh, and totally heartwarming, Vietnamese cuisine is some of the best out there.

Pho is having a moment, of course. But there are so many other Vietnamese soups to try!

And they’re all just as filling, refreshing, and scrumptious as any big bowl of pho.

I hope you brought your appetite because you’ll want to try these soup recipes the minute you see the pictures.

13 Traditional Vietnamese Soup Recipes We Love

1. Quick and Easy Pho

Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) is a delicious noodle dish that packs in plenty of yumminess without requiring much effort. 

The ingredients meld together to create a unique array of flavors that only Vietnamese cuisine can provide.

So you’d be crazy not to try it! 

Add fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro, and jalapeño slices for a spicy bite. And don’t forget the squeeze of lime juice that elevates this already heavenly bowl.

2. Vietnamese Pork and Prawn Clear Noodle Soup (Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang)

Between the savory pork and juicy-sweet prawns, this dish offers an incredibly delicious combination of tastes and textures.

Along with clear noodles and complex broth, every mouthful features a subtle mix of salty and sweet. 

Add a few sprigs of fresh cilantro for a hint of unmistakable herbaceousness, and get ready for a perfect bowl of delight.

Try this soup with steamed vegetables, pan-fried fish cakes, or even rice porridge.

3. Bún Măng Vịt (Vietnamese Duck Vermicelli Noodle Soup)

Bún Măng Vịt is one of the juiciest and most delicious noodle soups you’ll likely ever taste. 

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Featuring mouth-watering duck, bamboo shoots, and a tangy broth, it’s delightfully rich and meaty but light enough that it won’t weigh you down.

The nutty essence of the duck is perfectly complemented by the earthy bamboo shoots, while the slightly acidic broth helps tie all the flavors together into one harmonious bite.

4. Bún Riêu Chay (Vegetarian Tomato Noodle Soup)

With a delicious combination of tomatoes, tofu, bean sprouts, and vermicelli noodles, this dish is healthy, hearty, and wholesome.

Serve in a fragrant broth, you’ll love how the deep red color pops off the plate. And the aroma is incredibly inviting, too! 

Salty and acidic with tender tofu and crunchy sprouts, I know you’ll love this one.

5. Kien Giang Fish and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup

Here’s a fantastic Vietnamese soup that looks just as good as it tastes. And it’s brimming with fresh fish for a light, delicate, and harmonious bite.

Piled high with chewy noodles, flaky fish, plump shrimp, and crunchy bean sprouts, it’s a filling dish that’ll keep you more than full.

The delightful broth is super unique, giving it a sweet and slightly spicy finish. Trust me, your taste buds will be singing after a spoonful of this.

6. Miến Gà (Vietnamese Chicken Glass Noodle Soup)

Picture a warm yet complex dish full of flavor and texture. Are you drooling yet?

The chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tender, while the noodles are perfectly slurpable.

This isn’t your grandma’s chicken noodle soup! Instead, it’s an aromatic experience that’s like no other. Enjoy!

7. Bánh Canh Giò Heo Tôm (Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup with Pork and Shrimp)

A combination of thick udon-like noodles and pork perfectly cooked in a delectable seafood and pork broth.

Need I say more?

The intense seafood flavors accented with the slight sweetness of yellow onions balance each other out perfectly. 

Topped off with fresh herbs and juicy shrimp, it’s a flavor explosion you won’t be able to resist!

8. Phở Bò (Vietnamese Beef Pho Noodle Soup)

Phở Bò is an amazingly delicious, savory Vietnamese soup that will make your mouth water just looking at it! 

This classic yet unique dish combines succulent beef slices with rice noodles, vegetables of your choice, and a delectable broth. 

The taste is to die for, and the tender meat with the crunchy veggies is just what you’ve been craving.

9. Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Bún bò Huế)

Combine hot and sour flavors, a hearty broth made with pork feet and beef shank, lemongrass, and chile flakes, and you’ve got one helluva scrumptious soup.

It’s spicy and rich, and every bite leaves you wanting more. 

Best of all, the heat builds over time – so you can savor the taste even longer! 

But don’t worry, it’s not too spicy. There’s just enough lemongrass to keep things interesting without overpowering your senses!

10. Bún Thang – Vietnamese Soup with Chicken, Pork, & Egg

Bún Thang is a traditional Vietnamese soup that’s practically overflowing with protein.

If you need a healthy and filling dinner that’s also low in carbs and high in nutrients, try this recipe.

From the chicken and pork to the eggs and extras, it’s fragrant and well-balanced with lots of fun crunch.

Fish sauce is pretty strong on its own, but when you mix it into this broth, magic happens! Just don’t overdo it.

11. Bún Riêu (Vietnamese Crab and Tomato Soup)

Bún Riêu is an indulgent soup with a tomato and fish sauce broth.

You’ll add pork for a nice meaty texture, rice noodles for chew, and pungent crab meatballs for a pleasantly tender protein kick. 

Best enjoyed in large groups, it’s not only a delicious treat but also a chance to bond over the joys of food.

12. Vietnamese Chicken Pho soup (Pho Ga)

Pho Ga is a culinary wonder – sweet, savory, and fragrant all at once – like most of these Vietnamese soups! 

Deep chicken and onion flavors mix with spices to create a soup I know you’ll crave again and again.

Topped off with fresh vegetables, this soup is practically irresistible. So why not take the plunge and give it a try?

For extra flavor and texture, serve it with chili peppers or some noodles and herbs on the side.

13. Pork and Mushroom Noodle Soup (Bun Moc)

Bun Moc is the soup of your dreams – if you enjoy pork and mushrooms, that is.

With noodles, spring onions, and just the right amount of sweet and spicy seasonings, this is the kind of soup you’ll want to drink from the bowl.

So, if you’re in search of a whole new way to enjoy Asian cuisine, Bun Moc should be at the top of your list!

13 Best Vietnamese Soups that Go Beyond Pho

With a fun mix of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, it’s no wonder these Vietnamese soups are beloved around the world. Try them once, and you’ll swoon!


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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