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Vietnam Food & Drink

  A typical Vietnamese meal consists of rice or noodles with soup, a stir-fry, and another main dish, and is eaten on a communal basis. The dishes are usually not spicy and are accompanied with chili sauce, fish sauce and soy sauce

Vietnam Food & Drink
 

A typical Vietnamese meal consists of rice or noodles with soup, a stir-fry, and another main dish, and is eaten on a communal basis. The dishes are usually not spicy and are accompanied with chili sauce, fish sauce and soy sauce. The traditional Vietnamese breakfast is Pho – a large bowl of rice noodles flavored with sliced beef or chicken, a fragrant broth and garnished with fresh coriander and bean sprouts.

 

Three main regions of the country: the North, the Center and the South each has distinct cuisine. Generally the Northern Vietnamese food is clearly impacted by the centuries of Chinese occupation. Comforting noodle dishes, generally mild flavors and rustic elegance are features of the region’s cuisine. It is best known for Pho (noodle soups), Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, meat and seafood stir-fries.

 

The central region (especially around Hue) has some of the most elaborate dishes, the product of moderation and balance, local people cook and turn their modest resources into fare fit for an emperor. Besides, the region’s cuisine seems to be spicy-hotter than other two regions because of people’s love of chili. Some featured dishes of the regions are Banh Khoai, Bun Bo Hue (Rice-noodle soup with beef), and Com Hen (steamed rice served with tiny clams).

 

In the south, the food tends to be on the sweet side. With over 3,000km of coastline the seafood here is both delicious and varied. Crabs, prawns, crayfish and squid are in plentiful supply, not to mention hundreds of varieties of fish. No matter what the season is, the southern vendors at markets display heaps of lush, big-leafed herbs, tropical fruits in may colours and the fresh fish. The prominent dishes of the region is Cach Chua Ca (fish soup), Banh Mi (bread/sandwich), Banh Xeo and Hu Tieu (Vietnamese noodle soup of Chinese original).

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