Cooking the Foods of Vietnam

Traditional and modern Food of Vietnam is admired for its freshest ingredients, minimal use of oil, and accompaniment of herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a refined taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines.
Cooking the Foods of Vietnam

Featuring a combination of five tastes or “ngũ vị” in the overall meal; each dish has a distinctive flavour which reflects one or more of five taste elements: Spicy (Metal), Sour (Wood), Bitter (Fire), Salty (Water) and Sweet (Earth).

Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, and fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird’s eye chilli, lime, and basil.

Most dishes also include five nutrients (ngũ chất): powder (starch), water or liquid, mineral elements, protein and fat.

Our chefs also include five colours (Ngũ Sắc) of White (Metal), Green (Wood), Yellow (Earth), Red (Fire) and Black (Water) in their dishes.

Food of Vietnam appeal to gastronomes via the five senses (năm giác quan): The presentation attracts your eyes, crisp and crunchy vegetables create your sounds, five spices are detected on your tongue, aromatic herbs stimulate your nose, and the varying textures of the finger foods appeal to your sense of touch.

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Food of Vietnam

8 Vietnamese sauces for your everyday’s pantry

8 Vietnamese sauces for your everyday’s pantry

Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Pancake)

Banh Xeo is Vietnamese for ‘sizzling cake’ which is the delicious sound when pouring the pancake batter into a hot pan.

Banh Xeo is a favourite dish in Vietnam which is mostly enjoyed as a lunch or dinner meal. Banh Xeo has now become a popular dish in Australian Vietnamese Restaurants.

If you love Banh Xeo as much as we do, or even if you have never tried it before, this recipe is easy and fun to make yourself at home.

Best fish sauces

How best fish sauces are made? 

How best fish sauces made is simple. Fish sauce maker buy an anchovies from the fishing boats. Because of hot and humid weather in Southeast Asia, people learn to mix sea salt and fish to keep the fish in better condition or preserve them. They will be put into large vat and ferment for a long period – normally one year to three year. The resulting liquid, best fish sauces. It’s the backbone of many Asian cuisine. The Thai call it Nam Pla. The Vietnamese call it Nuoc Mam. The Philippines call it Patis. The Korean call it Aek Jeot. 

Fish fermentation had been a practice for several thousand years ago in the freshwaters of Southwest China and the Mekong River region. It then spread to coastal deltas and was applied to ocean fish to many countries in Asia. 

The best fish sauces should have:

Tastes of best fish sauces are pure fish and sea salt and Fish should be the dominate flavour and salt. Nothing else

Tastes of best fish sauces are with fish and the ocean, and not “fishy”

The color of best fish sauce should be a dark amber

Tastes of best fish sauces can be sweetened naturally not from sugar or other additives

Brands of best fish sauce in Australia

Red Boat 40°N and 50°N — Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Shrimp & Crab — Thailand

MegaChef (30°N) — Thailand

Golden Boy — Thailand

Three Crabs — Hong Kong/Thailand

Squid — Thailand

Blis — Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Next time you’re shopping I’d urge you to read the labels. Check the country of origin, it’s often not what’s represented in the design. But most importantly, check the ingredients. Ideally, you want: fish and salt.

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Best Vietnamese Dishes You Can Try On Victoria Street

#1 Pho

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup, where thin strips of beef are ‘cooked’ in a hot, aromatic stock in the serving bowl – this keeps the meat meltingly tender. ...

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#2 Banh my

Only Asian country that the French brought with them in: the baguette. The Vietnam takes it to a different level depending whether you are in the South or the North. In the north, you will have the basic elements of bread, meat and sauces. In the south you will have colourful combination of cold meets, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh coriander, fresh chilli and hot chilli sauce.

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#3 Bun Cha Hanoi

Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce and pickles.

 

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#4 Cha Gio - Fried Spring Rolls

Vietnam’s bite finger sized crunchy spring rolls is considered as less healthier fresh rice paper rolls, but we love those crispy shell with a soft veggie and seafood or meats. Great to dip them in nuoc cham and get the gastronomic flavour mixture. In Hanoi (north) we go by Nem Ran and in Saigon (south) we go by Cha Gio.

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#5 Bun Bo Hue - Hue Style Noodles

The emperor’s city of Hue (Central Vietnam) take on noodles caters to meat eaters with its meaty broth and generous beef and pork. The thick slippery rice noodles also compliment with the dish. You feel like hearty meal than white noodles in the Hanoi and Saigon.

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#6 Goi Cuon - Fresh Rice Paper Rolls

These light and healthy fresh spring rolls are the best choice when you want the healthy foods in Melbourne. The translucent parcels are rolled with greens, some meat, seafood, mint, coriander. You can then dip them in the nuoc cham.

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#7 Nom Hoa Chuoi - Banana Flower Salad

This Vietnam’s banana flower salad has a much bigger punch than a typical plate of mixed greens. Banana flowers’ layers are peeled and thinly sliced. The salad includes green papaya, carrots, mint and coriander along with tofu or chicken and a generous dipping sauce with lime juice and crunchy peanuts.

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#8 Bo La Lot - Beef in Betel Leaf

Vietnamese are superior in wrapping their food. Bo la lot can be eaten raw, fried but when you cook them on an open grill to soften the exterior and this would infuse the betel leaf’s peppery aroma into the ground beef inside..

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#9 Ca Tim Kho To - Eggplants in Claypot

One of more popular dishes is eggplant in a clay pot along with tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar and sometime minced meat. Try it with rice, you will like it as you will discover with Italian meat sauce.

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#10 Com Suon Nuong - Pork Chops on Rice

You might think this simple Saigonese meal is equivalent of bun cha with rice in place of noodles. A tender pork cutlet is barbecued over hot coals to give it a rich, smoky flavour, some pickles or vegetable, cup of soup and laid over the steamed fluffy broken white rice.

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Broth is new? What you know?

broth

brɒθ/Submit

1.noun
soup consisting of meat or vegetables cooked in stock, sometimes thickened with barley or other cereals.
"mutton broth"
meat or fish stock.
"the pig made five pots of broth"

 
2.MICROBIOLOGY
a liquid medium containing proteins and other nutrients for the culture of bacteria.
"in vitro cultures were established in MG3 broth"

 

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Travel to Vietnam

Culinary Diversity

Travel to Vietnam starts with local food. Vietnamese food is incredibly rich in flavour and has substance in its diversity. Vietnamese cooking is as simple or complex as you can imagine. Many foodies are visiting cooking schools in the major cities of Hanoi, Hoi An and Saigon which you can experience here in Melbourne at OTAO Kitchen. Mother Earth gives Vietnamese  great fresh produce. Vietnamese foods are influenced by Chinese in the North, by beautiful Emperor Foods in the Central district and by Indian and Thai in the South. Plus the French brought in many ideas from the most world popular cuisines.

People of Vietnam

People are polite, friendly and full of energy. They are good in business and most work hard everyday. You will have plenty of opportunities to speak to them and to hear their stories during your travel to Vietnam. The more casual seats in at food stalls, the tiny bar or cafe, the more chance for you to know real ordinary people.  

"Melting Pot" Cultures

This is a country with layers of influences and points of view. You might not see the difference in outer layers of Vietnamese people to other Asian nationals. But wait... you will see the difference when you travel from place to place in Vietnam.

The capital of Hanoi brought in many people from surrounding Northern provinces coming in for educational, political, business and economical opportunities. They brought best talents and resources to the 1000 year old city. With China only couple of hours away, it does have some influence on not only food but also people, cultures and ideology.  

Bordering with Laos are the Northwestern provinces of Vietnam, once upon a time a kingdom with tribes of Thai and Hmong. Northeastern provinces are featured with Hmong, Tay, Nung and Dao which tourists are likely to meet in Sapa during their travel to Vietnam.

Contrasting with the North, Saigon is young and has a vibrant feel. The city is moving faster with its economy bringing opportunities for millions of Vietnamese. Indian and Hindu cultures have played a major influence over further Southern provinces.  You may experience Cham temples plus foods that are inspired by chilli, coconut and spices.

In the central provinces, you can experience the remains of the old kingdom (1600s-1900s) with royal tombs, unique pagodas and imperial cuisine. But wait, our favourite place is the graceful historic old port of Hoi An with its beautiful shops, river feel and white sand beaches.

The European arrivals in 1800s-1900s factor in an enduring French colonial legacy.  The evidence is in graceful boulevards, opera houses, post office, bridges and rows of 100 year old standing french villas in Hanoi and Saigon.  You can also find corner shops with crispy baguettes and street coffee traders while travelling throughout Vietnam.

The Americans had written their own stories in many streets of Saigon. The Russians and other cold war Eastern European allies brought their own skins evident in some of the major cities' buildings in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Buddhism, Christian and Taoist also have their significant parts in Vietnamese religions. Together with a ruling Communist Party ideology Vietnam has something that is quite unique.

Safety Notes 

For Australians, there are some safety issues to be careful of such as small scams, pick pockets and drug trafficking. But like anywhere else in the world, be smart and aware that you are in a foreign land and there is no real major danger. Travel to Vietnam with care, visit Australia Embassy to Vietnam.  Your travel to Vietnam will be a wonderfully rewarding and incredible experience.

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