Vietnamese Food
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Vietnam has long been a beguiling tourist destination fully featured with mountains, rice fields, beaches, hills, natural caves, etc., which all together form a big magnet that rarely fails to allure tourists. Not to mention the tourist attractions of Vietnam as the travelers worldwide sometimes mainly tour for culinary interest. Vietnamese Food is deliciously diverse enough to keep your interest fill and last long. From the North through the Center and to the South, Vietnam culinary tours have been offered and favored widely.

Vietnamese Cuisine is a Great Subject To Learn

Vietnamese Cuisine refers to a style of cooking in Vietnam, which is characterized with rice, fish sauce, soy sauce, fresh herbs, and vegetables in common. The citizens commonly use their ingredients to cook their daily dishes whether they are for serving families or groups, but note that the tastes may vary from regions to regions. In regards to the nation’s cooking recipes, there stands a wide range of herbs being used such as mint, lemongrass, long coriander, and basil leaves. Traditionally speaking, the Vietnamese cooking is often praised for the freshness made up from healthy materials and sound components.

The most popular meats cooked in Vietnamese foods include pork, beef, fish, and many other types of seafood. Arguably, pork is mostly used by the public while beef is likely to be for the well-to-do family. Derived from Buddhism influences, the Vietnamese has strong appetite for vegetarian dishes. Freely enjoy Vietnamese street foods and the dishes served in authentic restaurants so that you can learn more about this “tasteful subject”. The balance among meats, fresh herbs, and selective spices creates a fine taste and one of the healthiest cuisines on Earth. Some of the must-eat names are noodle soup (Pho), spring rolls, grilled mice fish, grilled shrimp paste, etc. 

Vietnamese Cuisine in 3 Regions

  • The North of Vietnam shows more Chinese culinary influence with common use of fish sauce and shrimp paste. Note that the northern sauce is plain or almost combined with nothing, while dishes have salty taste and rarely use herbs or vegetables.
  • The cuisine in Southern Vietnam mostly adds sugar, vinegar or lemon juice to lessen the sauce’s smell. Dishes in Mekong Delta are the combination between sweet and sour.
  • In the Centre, people usually mix the sauce with chilly, so dishes in the Middle are characterized with  the hot yet sensitive taste, which closely relates to the eating habit appointed for the royal families hundreds of years ago. 

Vietnamese Traditional Food

The soul of Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival lies in Chung Cake, which is the traditionally irreplaceable cake for Tet and King Hung’s anniversary (10th March Lunar Month). To show gratitude to ancestors and homeland, the Vietnamese eagerly make “Banh Chung”, especially in the North. Know that this cake has legendary origin, which is taught from generation to generation. It is square cake symbolizing the Earth and only offered on the spring time. Since Chung Cake embraces special meaning and delight-full taste, it has solid position in Vietnamese’s spirituality. And if you want to try cooking “Chung Cake” or any other foods like “Banh Xeo”, Quang noodle, Hue beef noodle, etc. during your Culinary Tour Packages, check it with your tour operators!