Cooking and eating play an extremely important role in Vietnamese culture. Vietnam boasts one of the most diverse, delicious and healthy gastronomies in the world.
The basic ingredient of Vietnamese cuisine is rice and its derivatives, fish sauce and vegetables.
Rice is an object for worshipping in many temples of Vietnam. Accordingly, many main dishes and snacks in Vietnam are made from rice, including the universal well-known PHỞ.
Rice shows the image of “happiness” in the ancient Vietnam. Yet only symbolizing happiness, it really forms Vietnamese.
Fish sauce is made from fermented anchovies. Most also use MSG in their cooking.
Basically, traditional Vietnamese meals emphasize rice, vegetables and fish, and cooking methods often involve steaming or stir-frying.
Hence, it makes the traditional Vietnamese diet healthy.
Vietnamese people consider cooking the food which belongs to Yin and Yang is healthy. Vietnamese cuisine is reflective of the Vietnamese lifestyle, from the preparation to how the food is served. Ingredients are to create a yin-yang balance making the food simple in appearance but rich in flavor.
Generally, the salty food belongs to Yang and the sour and sweet one belongs to Yin. In the process of cooking, they mix the Yin and Yang food together.
Vietnamese cuisine differs from regions to regions (North, Central and South). Each have their own to be proud of.
Basically, there are three meals per day for average Vietnamese adults. Each consists of steam rice, main dishes of fish or meat and a side dishes of vegetables in the form of either soup, steam or stir-fry.
Rice is found in every single meal of the traditional Vietnamese. It is cooked in any form, such as steamed rice, congee, vermicelli, transparent noodles, pho…
A normal breakfast in the traditional Vietnamese food can be pho, banh mi, rice vermicelli soup… Vegetables are found in every dishes of the traditional Vietnamese food.
Rice is usually a must in lunch and dinner.
Fish is also very common in the traditional Vietnamese food. it can be prepared in a variety of ways, such as steam, saute, fry, hotpot…