Unique features in Vietnamese cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine is very rich and diverse, with sophisticated processing and using a variety of different ingredients. More specifically, each region has its own unique culinary features that other regions don’t have. Diverse cuisine has conquered a lot of tourists coming to this S-shaped country. Let's find out why Vietnamese cuisine is so attractive!
 
Unique features in Vietnamese cuisine

Essence in the way of processing
Unlike Western countries, the main food crop in Vietnam is wet rice. And this is also the origin of Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese food uses very little fat, mainly made from vegetables, tubers, and fruits. When preparing food, Vietnamese people often use many kinds of spices and herbs to create a delicate flavor and eye-catching color for the dish. Each different dish has the corresponding sauce to make the dish have a more specific flavor.
 
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Ingredients for Vietnamese dishes often include a variety of foods such as meat, shrimp, crabs, along with vegetables, beans, rice... The way to prepare dishes is also extremely diverse, including boil, steam, stir-fry, bake or eat raw to keep the natural flavor. Besides fish sauce, salt, pepper... the other spices used by Vietnamese for food are mostly natural spices such as ginger, turmeric, onion, garlic, lemongrass and herbs... They are used in harmony with each other to not cause poisoning and bring certain benefits to health.

Unique in how to eat
For Vietnamese people, food must be presented beautifully, with attractive colors, and typical fragrance. Depending on the dish and how it is cooked, the softness or crunchiness has a certain standard.

Community is a feature that is expressed clearly in Vietnamese meals. All dishes are served on the table at the same time, and the whole family will gather around. People eat what they like and don't be "forced" to eat something they don't like. And all together dot a fish sauce bowl, also eat the same bowl of soup. The Vietnamese way of eating is also emotional and hospitable. Before eating the children, grandchildren must invite grandparents, parents, older people, and guests, to show politeness and respect.

Culinary characteristics of each region
Each region of Vietnam has different cuisines. These dishes represent the typical customs and lifestyles of people living in that region, creating the identity of each group of people.

Northern cuisine: has a moderate taste, often not fat, spicy, or sweet, but colorful. In particular, Hanoi is considered the culinary essence of the North with delicious dishes such as pho, bun cha, bun oc, ComVong, Banh Cuon Thanh Tri…
 
Central cuisine: tastier, with lots of spicy and salty dishes. The color of the food here is mixed in diversity way, favoring red and dark brown. Central cuisine is famous for many kinds of shrimp, Hoi An chicken rice, Quang noodles, seafood... Particularly Hue cuisine, due to the influence of royal cuisine, is very picky in the way of processing, presenting, color and number of dishes.

Southern cuisine: favoring sweetness and spicy taste. Specialties here include Hu Tiu, Banh Tet, duck noodles, baked rice paper, bun mam…