As an S-shaped land stretching from north to south, Vietnam’s climate varies a lot from “top to toe” of the country, therefore, in Vietnam, each region has its own food’s culture. And that’s why traveling from north to south to enjoy dishes that are cooked according to very unique and typical Vietnam’s food recipes which are different in each area is one of the most distinctive types of Vietnam tours and attracts millions of visitors every year for Vietnamese tourism.
Many tourists after trying Vietnam’s foods during their travels all claim that it is one of the greatest experiences of their life and look forward to returning to Vietnam as soon as possible.
Vietnam has a great food culture
The characteristic feature of Vietnamese food’s recipes is the use of spices. By mixing a variety of spices, Vietnamese foods are not only delicious, unique but also irreplaceable. Besides the use of some popular spices such as salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar, chili, lemon, onions, etc. Vietnam also has other unique spices, such as the sauces that are made from fish, shrimp, squid,… In addition, as a country with a developed agriculture, Vietnam has hundreds of kinds of vegetables, nuts and tubers that are also used as important ingredients contributing to “give birth to” many wonderful dishes, which can make tourists remember about its flavor forever.
Food tour is one of the most popular kinds of Vietnam tours chosen by foreign tourists
Vietnam’s foods often require a lot of time and effort to prepare. A good chef must have a good memory as each dish requires different types of sauces and spices. Ingredients for each dish are often complex and it is difficult to remember all of them, especially traditional dishes. Each dish has its own signature sauce and a true chef must remember all the ingredients, and that’s not an easy task at all.
In each region, people have different tastes of eating, which contributes to bring richness and diversity to Vietnam’s food culture.
Finesse in Northern Vietnam’s foods
Northern Vietnam is the place where Vietnamese first ancestors settled down, therefore, from foods to clothes here have become standards which are not easy to change. People living in the Northern region often use the foods that are frugal, light, slightly sour.
Chicken vermicelli, a dish of Northern Vietnam
Typical dishes of the North: Pho, Thang noodles, Chicken vermicelli, West Lake shrimp cakes, frozen meat, stir-fried noodles, fried spring rolls,…
Charm in Central Vietnam’s foods
People in the Central Vietnam love spicy and a bit salty dishes, their flavor is quite different from one of the Southern people (because in the South, people love the dishes that are sweet and a bit sour). Especially the Hue people, from the dishes for the common people to the dishes for the kings, those dishes are mostly spicy, except the desserts.
Hue beef noodle of the Central Vietnam
Typical dishes of the Central: Hue beef noodles, Hue pancakes, fish noodles, boiled meat rolls,…
Variety of Southern Vietnam’s foods
Vietnam’s foods in the South are very simple to make, not as sophisticated as the cuisine of the North or the Central, that maybe because the people here is also very simple and honest. Southern Vietnamese foods are very diversified, with sweet taste, spicy taste, fat taste (by using coconut water and coconut milk).
Sticky rice of Southern Vietnam
When cooking, the Southern people often add coconut juice or coconut milk to increase fat taste and sweet taste of the dishes.
Typical dishes of the South: Grilled banana cake, fried banana cake, grilled manioc cake, sticky rice, roasted chicken, grilled snakehead fish,…
Even though the characteristics of the foods of each region different, there are still similarities, expressed through the structure of meals, principles of processing such as the use of fish sauce, the use of spices, having a lot of vegetables,… Therefore, not only Vietnamese but many foreigners love Vietnam food’s culture.