If you get the chance, get Banh Cuon, rice paper rolls filled with shredded pork, mushrooms, powdered toasted rice, and topped with crispy shallots and mint. Served alongside sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, and a sauce made from fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, and sugar, this appetizer hits every element that it sets out to hit. Vietnamese cuisine is based around the human need to satiate the five elements of taste: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. All dishes pertaining to this cuisine follow these guidelines to provide something that is appealing to the tastebuds on every level. In Miami, finding authentic Vietnamese food is not as easy as other cuisines, but you are in for a treat when you find it.
Where to try it: Hy-Vong Vietnamese Cuisine. 3458 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135. (305) 446-3674