Vietnamese cuisines are a reflection of the Vietnamese lifestyle and the influence of outside cultures. Chinese, Khmer dynasties, Indian empire, Japanese occupation or in particular French Colonial rulers left a clear impression of their culture on the Vietnamese lifestyle and caisine. Despite the influence of different cultures and varied landscape of Vietnam all the cuisines contains the perfect balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and fish-sauciness. It’s all about “yin and yang” that means “the sweet and salty, the cold and warm, the fresh and the fermented”. Each dish has a different flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Typical Vietnamese meal considered as a standard diet in most households is consists of rice, vegetable, a slice of meat or seafood, soup and fish sauce for dipping.
Among many such combinations of flavors, we have picked five amazing Vietnamese cuisines everyone must try.
Let’s start with Vietnam’s national dish and staple food “Pho” (pronounced as “
2. Goi Cuon
These are thin translucent rice paper roll which is completely different from common fried rolls. It gives you a peak of ingredients inside! These are famous as “summer rolls” or rice paper spring rolls. The filling of the rolls consists of herbs, coriander, and shrimp or various combinations of minced pork. Usually, served with a peanut dipping sauce or sweet – chili sauce. The refreshing taste of herbs combined with the fresh boiled shrimp and dipping sauce elevates the simple taste to something extraordinary. There is a southern variation of Goi Cuon which has barbecued strips of meat wrapped up with
3. Bun Cha
Bun Cha is available at almost all food stalls and street kitchens across the country. This dish is sure to be a hit with the lovers of grilled meat. To cook this you have to barbecue the pork on an open charcoal brazier and served on a bed of cold noodles with assorted greens and sauce. Mix everything in a bowl, add chili or lime to elevate the extraordinary flavors. Dip the meat in the sauce and put it in your mouth, then have some spoonful broth. That’s absolutely Bun-cha-
4. Banh Mi
This baguette sandwich is a typical confluence of French and Vietnamese cultures. This was developed during the French colonization, then locals added their own style to it after independence. These sandwiches are a hard crust on the outside smeared with pate and butter and soft from inside. You will find greens and different combinations of fillings like meat or tofu, pickled vegetables like carrots and cucumbers, fresh coriander and some even prefer mayo in the filling. Most importantly, while serving these sandwiches are closed and cut lengthwise ready to be devoured in your mouth. This Vietnamese dish is one of those dishes which people love to have all around the world.
5. Cao Lau
Cao Lau is one of the must-try cuisines from Central Vietnam. Moreover, this mouthwatering bowlful of thick yellowish noodles is made up of rice flour, bean sprouts and pork croutons in a light broth flavored with mint and star anise. We can use thin slices of pork to garnish over the bowl. Then, served with grilled rice flour crackers or sprinkled with crispy rice paper for giving a perfect balance to the bowl.
Vietnam is surely a food paradise with many unique and delicious dishes. If you are a food lover, then Vietnam should be in your must-visit list. Don’t try to choose your food in Vietnam, if it looks good eat it.