Pho and banh mi may are about as ubiquitous as tacos and sushi in the American culinary landscape, but Vietnamese food is so much more than noodle soups and sandwiches. Each dish has a yin and yang, with cooling elements balance out the spice and sweetness to even out the saltiness. For example, pho will be accompanied by a platter of fresh herbs such as Thai basil, mint, and culantro, which balance out the savoriness and unctuousness from a meaty bowl of broth. Nuoc mam — a staple condiment made out of fish sauce, sugar, peppers, and citrus — is a prime example of Vietnamese cuisine’s interplay of salt, sweet, sour, and spice.
There are more than 7,000 Vietnamese people living in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, which has helped drive a thriving community of local restaurants. At the epicenter of this cuisine is the city of Madison Heights, but it’s certainly not the only place to find Vietnamese flavors. Below find 10 local favorites serving everything from pho to Viet-Cajun seafood boils to pork sausage spring rolls for takeout and delivery.Read More