Vietnamese cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine encompasses the foods and beverages of Vietnam. Regular ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes utilise lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese food is often ranked as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

Bánh Mì – Vietnamese Sandwiches

The sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, hot peppers, and pickled carrots.

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Bánh Xèo – Savoury Pancakes

Bánh xèo, literally sizzling cake, named for the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet is a Vietnamese savoury fried pancake made of rice flour.

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Bun Cha with Vietnamese-Style Fish Cakes

Traditionally comprising vermicelli rice noodles, chargrilled pork patties, an assortment of fresh herbs and vegetables such as mint, coriander, basil, and a sweet, salty, sour and spicy dressing, this Vietnamese favourite from Hanoi is a classic example of this cuisine’s distinct herbaceous, fragrant flavours.

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Cendol

Cendol is a traditional dessert originating from Southeast Asia which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (where it is known as mont let saung), Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.

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Gỏi Cuốn – Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a large variety of filled, rolled appetisers. The name is a literal translation of the Chinese chūn juǎn (春卷 ‘spring roll’) found in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. The kind of wrapper, fillings, and cooking technique used, as well as the name, vary considerably.

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Khoai Tây Xào Đậu Cô Ve – Potato and Green Bean Stir-fry

This Vietnamese vegetable stir-fry dish is a good accompaniment to steamed rice, or served with a fish sauce and diced red chillies.

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Peanut Sauce

Peanut sauce, satay sauce, bumbu kacang, sambal kacang, or pecel is a sauce made from ground roasted or fried peanuts, widely used in the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Suriname and Africa.

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Prawn Crackers

Prawn crackers, also known as prawn chips and shrimp puffs are deep fried crackers made from tapioca flour and prawns that serve as flavouring.

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Tuong Ot Toi – Vietnamese Chilli Garlic Sauce

This homemade chilli garlic sauce contains no preservatives and can be adjusted to taste.

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