The Five Flavor Philosophy 

Vietnam has become more and more popular as a tourist destination has had a big influence in the country over decades, but one of the interesting side effects is now a growing number of foreign tourists who are learning about the delicious Vietnamese Food. These dishes are widely considered to be among the healthiest and most balanced in the world while each dish is usually carefully made with a range of flavours and spices. Like many countries in Asia, rice always plays a significant role in most meals in Vietnam, with a big pot of steamed rice usually surrounded with a variety of other sauces, fresh herbs, relishes, soups and dips on the dining table.

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The Five Flavor Philosophy

Foreign Influences And The Five Flavor Philosophy

Vietnamese cuisine has taken influences from other countries, but one of the most important aspects is that the vast majority of traditional dishes are only lightly cooked, with the emphasis focused on fresh and tasty ingredients. One philosophy of combination of five fundamental tastes that is seen in the variety of spices used in overall meals will try and balance the sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty flavours. This idea of including five elements to the meal also spreads to other features of the dishes; each Vietnamese dish usually has a distinctive flavour with best chefs looking to create their dishes with five colours and all five types of nutrients included in the meal and arranged in eye-pleasing manners.

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Foreign Influences And The Five Flavor Philosophy

Local Spices And Fish Sauce In Vietnamese Cuisine

With a tropical climate that is perfect condition for growing spices, it is no surprise that most of the Vietnamese dishes do tend to have a spicy dipping sauce which is then balanced by other parts of the meal that are cooler. For those who are not too interested in spicy food, then the food of Northern Vietnam are often less spicy than in other regions as the cooler regional climate is not quite so hot to the spices that are abundant in Central and Southern Vietnam. Fish sauce plays a significant role in almost every Vietnamese meal, which is used for dipping, and is sometimes added with fresh chilli, ginger and lemon juice.

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Fish Sauce In Vietnamese Cuisine

Typical Vietnamese Food

One of the most famous Vietnamese cuisine is noodle soup, with many making good use of the beef or chicken that is found around Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. Nem Cuon is among Vietnam’s most successful cuisine, as they are small spring rolls that have a cooked filling that is wrapped in thin rice paper, with a mix of pork, shrimp or fish with fresh herbs. Ca Ri Ga is a type of chicken curry that is popular in the south and central coastline of Vietnam, and is made with chicken and vegetables in a coconut based sauce, usually served with rice, or a crunchy baguette.

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Typical Vietnamese Food

Yin and Yang balance of the Vietnamese cuisine

Yin and Yang‘s balance provide a good balance that is beneficial for the health, the texture and flavours of the food are very important, and it concerns the heating and cooling of main ingredients.

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Yin and Yang balance of the Vietnamese cuisine

Desserts And Drinks

Not so many people eat desserts in Vietnam as we know them. Generally, meals are finished off with some tropical fruits. Sometime Dessert usually served with Vietnamese coffee or green tea. Sinh To (fruit juice shake) is also a good choice for the refreshing, where condensed milk is combined with ice and fresh tropical fruit to make a delicious smoothie.  Mango, passionfruit and Jackfruit flavours among the most popular while Jasmine Tea, Bia Hoi (steamed beer) and Ruou De (rice wine) is one of the most popular drinks in Vietnam.

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Vietnamese Desserts And Drinks


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