Working as a local guide over 10 years there are common questions to ask about Vietnamese food includes typical Vietnamese dishes, what do they eat everyday and explain how healthy the food is.
Is Vietnamese food healthy?
Is it safe to eat on the street?
What is a typical meal of a Vietnamese food?
What is Vietnamese specialities ?
This article provides you with everything you need to know about Vietnamese food
1. What Vietnamese people eat everyday?
Rice is served almost every meal, even breakfast in some rural area. Because there are tons of rivers across the country so we also eats fishes. There are two type of fishes : fresh water and ocean one.
On the other hand, we also eat lots of meats such as geese, ducks, chickens, pork, along with eels and eggs, which provides additional protein. Beef and seafood are only used in some special occasions such as at weddings or festivals.
Nuoc Nam is a dish won’t be missed in every meals of Vietnamese, a liquid sauce made from fermented fish, which has strong smell
2. Typical Vietnamese meal
The typical Vietnamese meal consists of a bowl of rice, vegetables and main dish is meat or fish.. Vegetables are often grown in a front garden of the house and include soybeans, sweet potatoes, corn, greens of various kinds, onions, and other root crops. Fruit includes bananas, grape fruit, dragon fruits, mangos,and pineapple.
Vietnamese rice noodle soup is a singature dish of Vietnam either with beef or chicken. Eating in Vietnam is such a big thing to learn about. We applied the theory of Yin Yang balance when cooking food. For example, Balut is consider as a cold food, often served with ginger and knotgrass (hot element); chicken (cold element) is stir fried with red chilly (hot element) and so on.
Vietnamese drink green tea all day long from the morning until the evening. During the traditional New Year of Vietnam “Tet”, we also serve rice liquor, soft drink, beer for the guests.
In Vietnam, breakfast isn’t considered as a main meal so it is short. Big meal is lunch and dinner. Dinner is the most important meal when all family members are back from school and work, enjoy it together.
We eat with chopsticks and sit on a mat on the floor in the old days. But lots of families eat on chairs and tables like Westerner.
But when there are many guests coming for a meal without having enough chair, they will sit on a mat. Vietnamese eat loudly, slurping, sucking, chomping. Such table noises are not considered bad manners; they are considered evidence that people are enjoying their food.
3. Is Vietnamese food healthy?
In my opinion, Vietname food is one of the most heathy and tasty one all over the world. Vietnamese cuisine with its ingredients with lots of vegetables, vitamins, protein, lipids and so on because there is a variety of food and vegetables in this tropical country especially in Northern Vietnam with four distint season.
4. Some of the typical Vietnamese food
Pho soup (Pho bo – Rice noodle soup with beef, Pho ga – rice noodle soup with chicken)
Nem Ran in Northern Vietnam or Cha Gio in Southern Vietnam – Deep fried spring roll with pork
Bun Cha (Grilled Vietnamese meat balls with fresh herb and rice noodle)
Cha Ca (Grilled fish with tumeric and dill )
By reading this article, we hope that you have gained in-depth understanding of what to eat in Vietnam as a local. On the other hand, you may interested in Hanoi Home cooking class to experience authentic local foods with Hanoi Eco Tour
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