Dish of the Day: Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles
Seafood can be combined with anything, and it will still be a tasty dish. However, when you combine seafood with fried noodles and Vietnamese flavours, it becomes an exemplary dish– a dish that makes you get more and more addicted with every bite.
If you’re looking to have a family gathering or a get-together but can’t figure out what to serve your attendees, why not try this dish instead? It’s a dish that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!
What are Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles?
There’s probably Seafood Fried Noodles in every Southeast Asian country, so what makes this one different from the others?
Well, when you order a plate of Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles (Mi Xiao Gon), what you’re getting is a plate of crispy egg noodles (chow mien noodles) with a variety of seafood, like prawn and squid, fried with fish sauce, sesame oil, chicken stock and sugar.
Most of the time the Mi Xiao Gon will have Shiitake Mushrooms and broccoli florets in it to make the dish more balanced.
The Story Behind The Dish
Most of the time, when you think of Vietnamese Noodles, you think of the flat white noodles typically use when making Pho. The fact that this dish uses chow mien instead shows heavy influence from Chinese cuisine.
In 111BCE, Vietnam was considered a country of the Chinese province. So it is no wonder why Chinese influence is so prominent in Vietnamese culture, especially in the North. These influences can be seen in the use of chopsticks and daily usage of noodles in almost all their dishes.
However, as time went by, the Vietnamese slowly added their own flavours into their dishes, using fish sauce and lime to give a more tangy taste to their food. They also use less oil compared to traditional Chinese cooking, especially in North Vietnam. This explains why the Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles is considered to be one of the healthiest types of fried noodles when compared to those of other countries.
The Nutritional Contents
This dish contains less oil than traditional fried noodle dishes, like Tom Yam Fried Vermicelli or Thai Style Fried Glass Noodle. Therefore, making it a better option for those of you who are trying to watch what you eat.
It also has a lot of seafood which is a good source of iron and selenium. These nutritions have been said to help prevent cardiovascular diseases, thyroid problems and cognitive decline, symptoms often related to Alzheimer’s disease.
The Fish sauce used is also said to have a high content in antioxidants, which help to fight against free radicals that are responsible for wrinkles and ageing skin.
Where Can You Get Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles in Malaysia?
Can’t wait to get your hands on the Vietnamese Seafood Noodles? Make your way to Mazry Vietnamese Cuisine in Johor Bahru where you can get the dish for under RM10. For something a little closer to KL, you can visit Wonton & Pho in Taman Gembira and try their Mi Xao Hai San.
If you want to look for more Vietnamese food without having to leave the comforts of your own home, download the foodpanda app and make your order using the app today! It’s easy and hassle-free.
Article Written By Anna
Anna is an absolute foodie, and lives by the motto that food is happiness. She is a writer by day and a gamer by night. She believes that good food comes from all over and is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication it takes to make food that warms the soul.