Interesting food facts in Vietnam
For the last fortnight I have been lucky enough to experience some Vietnamese food culture in both the northern and southern regions. My amazing wife and I have been on a super holiday immersing ourselves in Asian tastes and sensations.
Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest in the world, a great balance between vegetable and meats, as well as a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste.
I’ve always know that Vietnamese food is distinct in flavour and quite unforgettable but this trip has cemented that for me. Each dish is defined by a balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavours, achieved mainly through use of nuoc mam, a fermented fish sauce, cane sugar, the juice of kalamansi citrus fruit or tamarind and chilli peppers. There are plenty of fresh herbs used by everyone but they tend not to be overly spicy.
Here are some pretty cool and unique facts I’ve learnt so far on my trip:
- One of the most terrifying dish for foreign visitors is Blood soup. Its made from the blood and internal organs of pigs, ducks, goats and even dogs! It is however considered delicious and nutritious by both men and women in Vietnam
- Vietnam street food is among the most delicious in the world!!
- The most traditional Vietnamese recipe to cure a cold is not actually medicine but a hot rice soup containing lots of onion and folium perillae
- The most favorite dish for family events is Spring Rolls. Vietnamese spring rolls are made with rice flour, meat,veggie, eggs, pepper and seasoning and are very light on the palate
- There is no preferred meat in Vietnam.Instead, all beef, pork, chicken, fish and various kinds of seafood are used inmost dishes
Do you know what Folium Perilla is?
Perrilla frutescens, commonly referred to as perilla, is a food and traditional medicine in Asian countries, particularly Japan and China. A member of the mint family, the leaves are used in Chinese herbal medicine for symptoms of asthma and cough and contain calcium, iron, and vitamin C. Its seeds support healthy immune function and are a rich source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Chef Daniels trip in pictures
I feel a Vietnamese inspired Food Truck menu coming when we get back to the Chef Daniel kitchen.
Have you ever been to Vietnam or do you eat Vietnamese food on a regular basis? I would love to hear about your favorite dishes or even home grown secrets for the perfect Vietnamese banquet.