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Vietnam Dining – with Wired Destinations

Food is a major attraction of the Vietnam culture. The food of Vietnam is well known around the world for it's unique spices, distinct flavors and cheap price. Food is so cheap that practically every meal is enjoyed in a restaurant or in the mists of a street vendor. Vietnamese food has also been deeply and widely influenced by many different national flavors. The basis of almost every Vietnamese meal is rice or noodles. Pork is the more typical meat as opposed to chicken or beef. On special occasions, savory dishes are made using duck.

Vietnamese cooking is very appetizing. Fresh herbs, including basil, lemon grass, laska leaf, parsley, coriander, chili and lime, are often used.

The national noodle soup, Pho soup, is usually always accompanied by a big heaping serving of bean sprouts, mint leaves, basil, lemon, and slices of hot peppers. A fermented fish sauce made from salted anchovies is the national condiment. It is usually served with every meal.

At a typical meal, the family gathers together around a low table to enjoy their feast. Rice is served in single servings in individual bowls. The vegetables and meat are served in communal dishes and people individually use their own chopsticks to serve themselves. Eating is considered to be a very social experience by the Vietnamese and they take their food very seriously.

Vietnamese cuisine is mostly made of fresh vegetables and herbs. The tradition is to have fresh vegetables or fresh herbs served along with dipping sauce and rice. Vietnamese dishes commonly include chicken, pork, beef and seafood, while duck and goat are less often used. There is also a wide variety of vegetarian dishes that are good for one’s health.  Here are some of the most famous Vietnamese dishes. Pho is Vietnam’s most well known dish that originated in the north of Vietnam. It is made of noodles and is served with beef, meat or chicken. The dish is garnished with herbs such as green onions, basil, chili peppers, lime wedges and coriander leaves. These are usually served on a separate plate that allows customers to add to their soup themselves. Though commonly eaten for breakfast, many Vietnamese still prefer to have it for lunch and dinner.

Beef Pho is the most commonly served version. Banh Chung or sticky rice cake is a traditional dish served during the Tet (Lunar New Year). It is made of rice with pork and green beans and is wrapped in bamboo leaves. Banh Chung is available throughout the year, though it must be part of the Tet festival. These rice cakes are eaten with gio lua (meat pie) and hanh muoi (sour onions).
Cha Ca or grilled minced fish is made of fish such as sturgeon and tuna. It has been a Vietnamese favorite for over a century. Before eating, the customers can add their own condiments, from coriander, mint, shallots and a lot more to create their own style of meal.

Banh Cuon or rice flour rolls are often eaten for breakfast. This dish is very delicious when they are dipped in either a sweet, sour or spicy sauce. It is also eaten with a variety of side dishes, such as shrimps, mushrooms, meat, dried onions, fish sauce and pepper. The most famous area of serving Banh Cuon is Hanoi in northern Vietnam.
Danang or Faifo Danity is a dish named after a street in Hoi An. The dish is made by boiling rice quickly which makes it turn dark-yellow in color. The filling for it consists of pork and other herbs. This is a fairly unknown food in most areas of the country; however, it is often plated in some restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City hotels.

Hue Noodle Soup consists of shredded meat and noodles. It requires years of experience to cook a delicious Hue noodle soup. Most restaurants in Hue buy the noodles from Van Cu or Bao Vinh, which are two nearby villages that are popular for doing excellent rice noodles. The dish is served with soy bean, meat, lemon grass, fish sauce and other different kinds of lettuce.

Banh Cuon Tran Bang are rice cakes that are often eaten with seafood, salad, meat or coriander during the Tet festival. The cakes are thick and placed in nylon bags. Travelers who want to try this may find it in Trang Bang, a village located around 40 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Bia Hoi is a traditional Vietnamese draft beer. This isn’t simply an old brew, but is a special Vietnamese beer sold in food stands around the country, mostly found in Hanoi. The beer is sold early morning every day by three major factories in Hanoi. Sometimes you can see young Vietnamese men selling Bai Hoi on motorbikes as well.

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