What is Vietnamese Cuisine?

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its common use of fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use many vegetables, herbs and spices, including lemon grass, lime, and kaffir lime leaves. Throughout all regions of Vietnam, the emphasis is always on serving fresh vegetables and/or fresh herbs as side dishes along with dipping sauce. The Vietnamese also have a number of vegetarian dishes, influenced by their Buddhist beliefs. The most common meats used in Vietnamese cuisine are pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, cockles and various kinds of seafood.




What is Pho? 

Known as the national dish of Vietnam, pho is a beef noodle soup with a rich, clear broth achieved from a long boiling of meat and different herbs. There are many varieties of phở made from different types of meats (most commonly beef and chicken) along with beef balls. Phở is typically served in bowls with spring onion, (in phở tai) slices of semi-cooked beef (to be cooked by the boiling hot broth), and broth. In the South, vegetables and various herbs are also added.