Pho bo Hanoi (Hanoi soup): a substantial beef and rice-noodle soup.
Bun bo Hue (beef noodle soup Hue-style): a substantial, meaty, meal-in-one noodle soup flavored with shrimp paste and a little chile heat.
Hu tieu (Saigon soup): noodles with chicken and/or pork and vegetables, either bathed in broth or served with broth on the side in a separate bowl.
Pho ga (Hanoi chicken soup) and mien ga (chicken soup with cellophane noodles): are comforting and sustaining meals-in-one.
Bo vien (beef balls): small, slightly chewy beef meatballs served floating in a clear aromatic broth, sometimes with added rice noodles and fresh herbs.
Nem nuong (grilled meatballs): small pork meatballs, lightly spiced and grilled.
Cha gio (fried spring rolls): rice papers wrapped around finely chopped pork, assorted vegetables, and cellophane noodles, then deep fried; served with fresh greens and dipping sauce.
Excerpted from"Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Handbook," by Moon Publications, Inc.