Ingredients: Vietnamese Spices

Here is the list of popular spices that are often used in Vietnamese cuisine:



English name   Star anise
Vietnamese name  Hồi / đại hồi 
Use in   Pho, Beef stew (Bo kho)


English name   Coriander seed
Vietnamese name  Hạt ngò
Use in   Pho


English name   Clove
Vietnamese name  Đinh hương
Use in   Pho


English name   Cardamom
Vietnamese name  Thảo quả
Use in   Pho


English name   Whole peppercorn
Vietnamese name  Tiêu hạt
Use in   Pho


English name   Cinnamon stick 
Vietnamese name  Quế
Use in   Pho, Beef stew (Bo Kho)


English name   Chili flakes
Vietnamese name  Ớt bột
Use in   Bun Bo Hue


English name   Chili powder
Vietnamese name  Ớt màu
Use in 




English name   Pork / Chicken / Mushroom stock
Vietnamese name  Bột nêm  / hạt nêm
Use as  Seasoning powder


English name  red pork seasoning powder
Vietnamese name bột xá xíu
Use in  bánh bao, thịt xá xíu


English name  five-spice powder
Vietnamese name Bột ngũ vị hương
Use in  Roasted chicken, bo kho, beef jerky


English name   Curry powder
Vietnamese name  Bột cà ri
Use in   Cari gà


English name   Beef stew seasoning powder
Vietnamese name  Bột bò kho
Use in   Bò kho


English name   Annatto seeds
Vietnamese name  Hạt màu điều
Use in   Bánh canh, Bún bò Huế


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3 comments on “Ingredients: Vietnamese Spices


What is cánh gà xá xíu seasoning —apparently comes in a seasoning package, but I have no idea how it looks like for a “char you chicken wings”. Is it hot, smoked flavor, or sweet?

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