What makes Vietnamese food so delicious?

Have you ever had a chance to taste Vietnamese dishes and wondered what makes them so special? Is it the fragrant fish sauce, fresh herbs, or some other impalpable element? The most perfect answer is that all of these elements play an irreplaceable role in virtually all Vietnamese dishes. Travel Indochina Vietnam

Rice is irreplaceable in Vietnamese cuisine
Rice is irreplaceable in Vietnamese cuisine – source: crossingtravel.com

Whenever referring to Vietnamese food, they will mention the availability of great ingredients. Incredibly fertile, the Mekong delta supply Vietnamese cuisine with a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, fruits, etc grown throughout the year. This, in turn, makes it possible for the raising of great meat animals including: pigs, cows, etc. It is hard to think of any ingredient that cannot be grown or sourced in Vietnam together with the proximity to freshwater and the ocean, which provides with Vietnam a great variety of seafood. Travel to Vietnam

Vietnamese bread
Vietnamese bread – source: seriouseats.com

Shaped like the letter ‘S’ Vietnam is bordered by the South China sea in the east and shares mutual border with Cambodia and Laos in the west, China in the north. This factor plays an important role in Vietnamese cuisine as the Vietnamese food’s elements of flavor that you can realize are mostly dependent on where you are enjoying in the country. For instance: if you are in the Southern Vietnam, you can see that food here is influenced by Cambodian and Thai cuisine while dishes in the Northern Vietnam is influenced by the Chinese culture with many kinds of noodle-based soups and stir fries. Coconut groves, rice paddies, and herb gardens are sustained more thanks to the tropical climate. Due to the popular use of more palm sugar in savory dishes, the food in Southern Vietnam is usually much sweeter.

Fish sauce plays an important role in Vietnamese food
Fish sauce plays an important role in Vietnamese food – source: rodalesorganiclife.com

However, no matter where you make your way to throughout this exotic country, fish sauce and rice are the two universal themes you will find. In fact, having rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert is not uncommon in the eating culture of people here. Not only influenced by other neighboring countries’ cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine and culture are also profited from the presence of many ethnic communities and multiple religious beliefs.

In term of nutrition, Vietnamese food which usually features vegetables cooked just perfectly will not make you disappointed. To go with the food, you will also have the special spices and herbs together with cinnamon, star anise and cloves.

Herbs are secret of Vietnamese dishes
Herbs are secret of Vietnamese dishes – source: meetup.com

It is these fragrant elements of the fresh herbs and fish sauce that play an essential part in just about every dish in the canon of Vietnamese cuisine. Some would think of Vietnamese food as the simple one, and it typically is, but never depressed. Each dish must really create its own bottled aroma. Deriving its flavor from vegetable and herbs rather than being fried long time in oil, making it pretty light but still savory is what makes Vietnamese food stand out. Among many other ethnic cuisines making use of herbs, Vietnamese cuisine is the most outstanding for its plentiful and frequent use of many exotic and unique kinds of herbs. Thanks to the utilization of these herbs, Vietnamese food has unique fragrance, flavors and textures and overall freshness.

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