Welcome to the sumptuous and spicy culinary world of Vietnamese Cuisine!
Vietnamese cuisine is considered by many as being among the very healthiest cuisines in the world. The foods of Vietnam incorporate a beneficial balance between meats, seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs. It also makes selective use of spices to achieve a fine, elegant taste experience.
Vietnamese cuisine, much like Thai cuisine, features a combination of five fundamental tastes, which the chefs strive to incorporate into every full meal. These fundamental taste sensations are: salty, bitter, spicy, sour and sweet. Every dish in Vietnamese cuisine has a flavor which is distinctive, and also reflects one or more of these elements; and no meal is considered balanced and complete without all five represented.
Ingredients commonly used include rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables, shrimp paste, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Vietnamese recipes are also known for the use of such exotic flavorings that come from Vietnamese mint, Saigon cinnamon, long coriander, Thai bird’s eye chili peppers, lime, lemongrass, ginger, and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is held in high regard by health and fitness experts, because of the minimal use of dairy and oil, liberal use of fresh ingredients, and the heavy reliance on herbs and vegetables. All this comes together with special skill in an offering of complementary textures, with an exquisite balance between fresh herbs, seafoods and meats, and a refined use of spices to achieve an exemplary culinary experience.
So let’s now get into the recipes, shall we?
Time to cook up some Vietnamese Cuisine!
Please note: For your convenience, you can click on the recipes listed below and be taken directly to a page with just that one recipe on it, in printer-friendly format.
Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef and Beer Stew)
Bo Nuong Xa (Grilled Lemon Grass Beef)
Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
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