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Vietnamese Food


The Vietnamese always pride themselves on their amazingly diverse cuisine with
healthy nutrition and unique flavors appealing to foreigners and locals alike.
Not surprisingly, Philip Kotler, farther of modern marketing, on his coming to
Vietnam in 2007 demonstrated his earnest favor for Vietnam to become the world's
In its slim shape, stretching along Eastern Coast, Vietnam has many regions of
different natural and cultural conditions. As a result, there are said to be at
least three cooking styles in the country (the North, the Central and the
South), not to mention sub regions' recipes and local specialties. Southern
dishes, in general, seem to be exotic while Northern ones are more profound. Hue
cuisine, on the contrary, is very refined. Most of Hue recipes take their
origins from Nguyen emperor hosting every banquet of 50 dishes each meal. Over
time, many of them become part of daily-citizen culture.
A recently published book on Vietnamese food has listed a maximum of 555
traditional dishes (check out http://www.vietnamfood.org/), only about 1/10 of
experts' estimation. With unbelievable abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs,
fish and seafood, Vietnam has a lot to offer. It can be mentioned here a range
of widely- admired dishes such as noodle served with beef or chicken( pho),
spring roll, eel or snail vermicelli, crab fried with tamarind, crab sour soup,
rice spaghetti, steamed rolls made of rice-flour, rice pancake folded in half
(and filled with a shrimp, meat and soya bean sprouts)., etc. All are
excellently prepared and reasonably priced in most traveler cafes, restaurants
or street stalls.
The Vietnamese are real gastronomes. Flavoring the food to them is of vital
importance. Every dish has its own additional ingredients and garnish: boiled
chicken served with lime leaves and pepper salt, crab vermicelli with sweet
marjoram and spring roll with fish fermented sauce added sugar, vinegar, chili
and garlic, etc. These are unique yet still agreeable to western tastes and
wonderfully presentable well enough to take your fancy. There is no such a
delight like sitting in a cordial cafeteria somewhere in Hanoi's Old Quarter to
sip a bowl of Pho and let its flavor awake and refresh your fine tastes.
In most of Vietnam now, many things have changed: streets, buildings, fashion
and so on. One thing, however, to prior agreements remains unchanged that is
Vietnamese food. The real tastes of Vietnam still await for your own discovery.