When I was younger and my family ate more traditionally, dinner usually consisted of cooked white rice, a soup of some sort (what we call canh), a meat/protein dish (like thịt kho), and a vegetable dish (like rau muống). We generally spooned the soup over the rice, added a serving of meat and vegetables, mixed it all up, and voilà, a very homestyle Vietnamese meal. Most of the traditional foods Vietnamese eat at home aren't found in restaurants, which is how most people know Vietnamese cuisine. Occasionally, we'd have something “different” at home like phở, spring rolls, vermicelli, or bánh xèo (Vietnamese savory crêpes), usually on the weekends.
Here are some pictures of very typical Vietnamese family dinner spreads. Brings back such memories!