Vietnamese culinary culture

Culinary culture is the natural culture formed in life. Especially for the Vietnamese, food is not only a cultural material but also a spiritual culture. Through food, people can understand the culture of human dignity, the cultural level of the nation with the principles, rules and customs in the eating.
Vietnamese food culture.

Vietnamese culinary culture

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its features such as: harmony, diversity, low fat; Delicious taste with a combination of many types of reduction to increase the taste, attractiveness in the dishes. Eating chopsticks and using chopsticks and especially in indispensable meals is a common practice of the entire Vietnamese people.

Besides the common features, each region has its own culinary characteristics:


Northern cuisine: The dishes are moderately flavored, not too concentrated but with colorful colors, usually not thick with spicy, fatty, sweet, mainly using diluted fish sauce, shrimp sauce. Hanoi is regarded as the culinary essence of the North with delicious dishes such as noodles, noodles, bun cha, bun bo, Com Cong village, Thanh Trung rolls and special spices such as tomato stem, basil Glossy.

Central Cuisine: Central Vietnamese people prefer strong, tasty foods. The specialty is reflected in the special flavor, more spicy than the food in the North and the South. Colors are rich, vibrant, red and brown. Central cuisine is famous for sour shrimp paste, all kinds of fish sauce. Hue royal cuisine with royal cuisine style is not only very spicy, many colors but also focus on the number of dishes, how to place dishes.


Southern Cuisine: Due to the influence of Chinese, Cambodian and Thai cuisines, Southern dishes tend to be sweet and spicy. Popular types of dried fish such as Osphronemidae fish sauce, prahok fish sauce, Ba khia fish sauce... There are typical dishes such as: ham mats coconut water, bat roasted steamed chao, coconut, dinghy or date, crayfish, grilled fish snack ...

Ethnic minority food: The cuisine of each ethnic group has distinct identities. It is famous for raw pork mixed with small intestine in the Central Highlands, egg rolls (Cao Bang, Lang Son), Tay ethnic pancakes....

Culinary culture of the Vietnamese spirit
The spiritual culture of the Vietnamese in cuisine is the expression of beauty in the culture of communication, the behavior between people in the meal, to please each other through the attitude of gentle behavior, education . Eating out has its own rules, habits, from yourself, to your family, and relationships outside of society.

Each person must know how to be careful while eating, as well as to honor his or her saying: "When you eat, check the pots and pans; When you sit, check the direction.", or "First think and then speak"

In the family: eat the same tray, preferably food for older people, young children "After you", showing respect, love affection. Everyday meal is considered a family meal, everyone gathers together, together after a hard day's work.

In society: Inviting visitors to home expresses the culture between people and people in society. When having the opportunity to eat, the host often makes delicious food, cook as much to treat guests. Homeowners usually take food to invite guests, avoid stopping the meal before guests, and offer invitations to eat when guests stop the meal. Dinner is not only a fun but also expressed the typical hospitality of the Vietnamese.

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