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Feb 7, 2007 03:41 PM

Vietnamese GOI (not goi cuon)

I ran across "goi" on a Vietnamese menu. Different thing from goi cuon. Anyone know what this dish is and what is in it?


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  1. I would describe it as a type of slaw with meat in it. Usually it has a sour sauce which has fish sauce in it.

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    1. re: NinoHB714

      So kind of like a Bun but without the rice noodles?

      1. re: macrogal

        Bun = a type of rice noodles

        Roughly speaking, goi is some kind of shredded salad with meat in it. It could be many kinds of meat such as chicken, shrimp, duck, or beef. And the vegetable is usually something tropical such as papaya, mango, or banana blossom. Then again, there is also a very common goi that's made of shredded cabbage and chicken.

        Not sure if I confused you more. LOL

    2. Goi is basically Vietnamese style salad similar to Thai papaya salad which you may be more familiar with. It's seasoned with among other things fish sauce, lime and chilies.

      1. Goi means salad, so it is usually followed by another word to describe what type of protein goes with the salad

        for example goi vit is duck salad, goi mit has jackfruit in it, goi ca is fish salad, goi bo is beef salad, etc. Without a modifier on the end of it, it's hard to tell exactly what kind of salad it is.