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Being a province that is all too regularly described as “steak and potato country,” people might be surprised to know that Calgary has the highest number of Vietnamese restaurants per capita in North America, second only to Vancouver. Edmonton isn’t far behind, meaning our Alberta metropolises boast plenty of fantastic Vietnamese restaurants in almost every neighbourhood within their city limits. We should feel pretty lucky about that! When it comes to deciding what to order at a Vietnamese restaurant, it’s always nice to rely on an expert’s opinion. Carmen Cheng and Patricia Lau, @foodkarmablog and @miss_foodie, respectively, are not just simply passionate food bloggers, but also two women who have made it their mission to discover the best dishes at Alberta restaurants. Here, they dish on a few of their favourite menu items they’ve discovered at some of the most popular Vietnamese eateries in the province.

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Calgary Pure Vietnamese

Char Siu Sesame Donut: It’s the perfect bite because it encompasses a great combination of flavours and textures – the melt-inyour-mouth tender pork contrasted by the crunchy pickled vegetables and cucumber in between a crispy yet fluffy (on the inside) sesame seed bun.

Raw Bar

Pork Imperial Rolls (Chả giò): These may be a staple at most Vietnamese restaurants, and most of us are used to enjoying “spring rolls,” but when this dish comes rolling out at Raw Bar, it’s still impressive.

The rolls are served on a beautiful platter with traditional accompaniments like lettuce, rice vermicelli, and herbs to wrap around the crispy fried pork spring rolls. These accompaniments add freshness and balance to the dish.

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Culinaire 5:6 (November 2016)  

Alberta's freshest food & beverage magazine. Dining out, dining in, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Celebrating international cuisine thi...

Culinaire 5:6 (November 2016)  

Alberta's freshest food & beverage magazine. Dining out, dining in, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Celebrating international cuisine thi...

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