3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special

3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special

3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special

Guest Post By: Vietnam Discovery Travel

Traveling from North to South of the S-shaped country of Vietnam, eating on the street is a real treat. Vietnam street food has for years become world famous and  one should experience it at least once in their lifetime. So, what makes it special? Let’s figure it out.

Vietnam Street Food Tour - 3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special
Vietnam Street Food Tour

 

1.Herbal Essence

If you are asked about one common thing to define Vietnamese street food from that of its neighboring countries, in North, Central or South, what’s coming first to your mind? For Graham Holliday – an author of several culinary publications , “it is all in the herbs”.  The taste may be different, spices used in each dish may also be different, but all dishes throughout Vietnam share the same feature: each contain a great load of herbs.

 

Vietnam Street Food with a Load of Herbs - 3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special
Vietnam Street Food with a Load of Herbs

It is the heavy use of herbs that gives Vietnamese food “punchy clean flavors”, making it less oily, less heavy and richer than other cuisines in the region.

 

2.Regionality

If you have ever been to Vietnam, you would know that Vietnam is not a particularly large country, but it is a very long one, with a north-south distance of 1,650 kilometers (1,025 miles). As it relates to food, this means variety, each region has its own to treat your stomach well.

Taking a cuisine tour across Vietnam, one will easily find that Vietnamese food well represents its regionality. The dishes in the North strictly follow the ancient family recipes and do not focus on the use of spices but salt, fish sauce and shrimp sauce. Northern foods are a bit bold yet delicious and colorful. Some specific foods to remember are: green rice cake and fried fish cakes.

 

Northern Vietnam Street Food - 3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special
Northern Vietnam Street Food

Central dishes, as the region was the formal capital of Vietnam where king’s and queen’s lived, are always well-decorated and sophisticated representing a perfect balance of taste: not too sour, not too salty or sweet, and mostly spicy. Special dishes of this region include bloating fern-shaped cake, country pancake, vermicelli with fish, and grilled cake with boiled pork.

 

Central Vietnamese Food - 3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special
Central Vietnamese Food

Moving to the South, the foods are sweeter than those in North and Central thanks to its abundance of sugar and coconut milk. Many dishes are mixed with coconut milk like: sticky rice with mango and coconut milk.

 

Southern Vietnam Sweet Street Food - 3 Things That Make Vietnamese Street Food Special
Southern Vietnam Sweet Street Food

 

3.Culture of street food

For years, street food has become a habit of eating of Vietnamese people, then becoming a part of the culture of people here. So, enjoying Vietnamese street food is not only a way to treat you well for a memorable trip to Vietnam, but also a way to  experience and understand the culture of your destination.

It’s not really easy to adapt with food of a foreign country, but it is for Vietnam, we guarantee. So, don’t burden your bag with instant food from your country if you are on trip to Vietnam.

Important notes for those preparing Vietnam travel: In planning a trip to any country, what is the most important item coming to your mind? For me, it’s the visa. Vietnam visa is not required for all travelers to the country, but just for some. You can check its requirement here https://www.vietnam-visa.com/vietnam-visa-requirement. Those who need to obtain a visa to Vietnam have two ways to do so: get it via the embassy or get a visa on arrival. Despite being available for air travelers only, the latter is much preferred by travelers (including South Africans) for its convenience and simplicity.

 

 

 

 



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