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15 things you should know about Vietnamese food culture

Vietnamese cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest and most unique in the world. But how much do you actually know about Vietnamese cuisine and food culture?

Here are 15 facts you should know that will surprise you.

1) In addition to typical Asian dishes, which are strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine, you can also recognize influences from the French colonial era in dishes.

2) But Buddhism also influenced the kitchen. He contributed to a rich variety of vegetarian dishes, so that fish and meat play a subordinate role.

3) The staple foods in Vietnam include rice and rice noodles, as well as numerous fresh vegetables. The main characteristic is the variety of possible ingredients. In addition to the staple foods, soy sauce, fresh herbs, fruit, fish sauce and shrimp paste are among the most common ingredients. Oil and milk, on the other hand, are used very sparingly.

4) Spices are used in many ways. However, Vietnamese women traditionally season their food less spicy than Thais and Indians. Therefore, more delicate spices dominate Vietnamese cuisine, including cinnamon and aniseed.

5) Did you know that Vietnamese cuisine has no food taboos and even dogs are eaten. However, there are legal bans on the consumption of certain animal species due to species protection regulations.

6) The national drink in Vietnam is green tea. This is drunk hot or cold with ice cubes. Traditionally, every host serves their guests a green tea and it is considered impolite if this tea is refused or not touched. Cold green tea is also served free of charge in restaurants.

7) Unlike in western countries, in Vietnam people do not eat from plate dishes. Instead, dishes are placed in the center of the table and each family member is given a small bowl and chopsticks to eat.

8) Vietnam traditionally has a warm and hearty breakfast, as in so many other Asian countries.

9) Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world. It is therefore not surprising that coffee is very popular there. Cup filters made of sheet metal are used almost exclusively for the preparation. As a result, the coffee differs significantly from the European coffee taste and has a cocoa-like aroma. A cup of tea is also often drunk with coffee.

10) Confectionery is often fruit-based in Vietnam. The high-fat or high-sugar sweets, which are popular in western countries, are only available in the cities, but are not particularly popular there either.

11) Traditionally, Vietnamese dishes are fried very hot and briefly and prepared on pans with a high open fire (wok).

12) Gas stoves and blown charcoal fires are still often used as normal heating sources.

13) Instead of going out to eat in western restaurants, food in Vietnam is mainly sold to numerous small street stalls. Although each stand only offers a very limited number of dishes, the sheer number of stands means that there is a rich selection of food until late in the evening. It is served directly from the pan or the brewing kettles that are simmering in the background. Usually the guest takes a seat on stools in the street or in a room open to the street.

14) Beer is also one of the everyday drinks in Vietnam. Locals often meet in Bia Hois, street bars that serve fresh draft beer.

15) Vietnamese cuisine is best known for its delicious spring rolls. Try it out and make your own spring rolls. You can find the recipe for this on this page.

Are you curious about Vietnamese ingredients and dishes? Then try one of the delicious recipes that you can find on this page.

 

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