Vietnamese GastronomyThe Vietnamese cuisine is very varied and broad recipe of French influence. Its most outstanding dishes include Bun Bo Hue, Hot Pot or Braised Asian,
Vietnamese rolls, bread to prepare sandwiches (Banh Mi), Banh Cuon Nong, Tra gives iced tea, dragon fruit or pitaya, Rau muong or water spinach, shake of sugar cane (Nuoc Mia), seafood and of course rice (Cơm in Vietnamese), which is the fundamental basis of Vietnamese food.
If Spain can not miss the fries as a side dish in Vietnamese equivalent would rice. This rice is boiled white rice steamed with a consistency somewhat sticky rice from Valencia, in Vietnamese Com (writing com in Vietnamese).
Depending on the area of the country (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue), gastronomy presents different ways, but there are several points in common. For example, the widespread use of spicy chili or chili either (I have to say that Vietnamese cuisine is not as spicy as Thai), the low use of red meat and rice utilization (in any of its variants) to the development of the vast majority of prescriptions for Vietnam.
Given that the standard of living in Vietnam is lower than Europe (approximately 4 times less than the standard of living in Spain), a lover of gastronomy in Vietnam find their particular culinary paradise. Enjoy your meal!
Hot pot: Asian stew or braised ChineseA dish popular in Vietnam is the hot pot, also known as Braised Asian or Chinese stew. It's a kind of hot soup, in which various elements are added to the taste (fish, vegetables, seafood, mushrooms, etc).
Restaurants usually serve us the hot pot or Braised Asian cooking medium, i.e., will give us a small stove or gas stove in which we will be heating soup and adding different ingredients.
Vietnamese Stew (Hot pot) of seafood
Typical Vietnamese meal. Asian Hot or stew pot
Once the hot pot is ready, we put a little bit of rice vermicelli in the bowl, and then pour the soup. With the warmth of the soup, the vermicelli will soften and will pick up the taste of the hot pot.
For those who do not know what is rice vermicelli, noodles are long and white. In the next photo, you can see on the left, above a red plate.
Preparing a Chinese stew in Vietnam
Do not confuse the rice vermicelli noodles with rice, noodles or rice noodles are thicker. The latter are used to prepare any Bun tray, such as Bun Bo Hue.
Dish of Vietnam: Bun Bo Hue (Bun Bo Hue)The most famous dish of Vietnam is the Bun Bo Hue, A hot soup of noodles (vermicelli or rice noodles), beef and pork trotters.
Slightly spicy with a flavor of stews with citronella, Bun Bo Hue is my favorite dish.
Bun Bo Hue
Vietnam Bread sandwich (banh mi): French heritageAt lunchtime, all good Spanish has a loaf of bread at your table. Unfortunately the bread is not a food that is extended to Asia. Luckily, we can find bread (in the range of bar, Vienna and baguette) with great ease in Vietnam.
I understand that it is part of French heritage, since Vietnam was a colony of France and the French were responsible for importing this food, or rather, this culinary tradition. Vietnam calls this bread to prepare sandwiches Banh Mi (Banh mi).
Vietnamese Pan. Vietnam Bocata
Vietnamese Sandwiches. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
A difference with respect to the Spanish culture is that in Vietnam not eaten with bread, but bread is mainly used to prepare sandwiches, Vietnamese taking breakfast and snack.
In some restaurants, especially whose specialty is beef or steak, usually accompanied by a small dish vienna when we asked. In the rest of restaurants, whether street or super deluxe, hard to find bread to accompany our lunch or dinner.
Vietnamese Pan. Vietnamese sandwich
Since street sandwiches. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh). Vietnam
Bread in a street stall to prepare sandwiches
As in Spain, the bread is baked daily. Although at first glance they look same as the Spanish loaves of bread, not so. Vietnamese bread is much softer (guess why the humidity of a tropical country), it is not so crispy and above all, carries a lesser amount of salt. In the eyes of a Spanish, or rather, the Spanish palate, this type of rather dull bread will be. Not to be confused this bread, the bread of prawns.
As mentioned, it is atypical to find bread for lunch or dinner. However if one is committed, you can dine a good steak with a Vietnamese vienna bread. As a bonus, this restaurant even put us knife and fork.
Fillet with bread, atypical in Vietnam
Video of a Vietnamese street vendor preparing a sandwichIf midmorning bitten by the bug and we 're hungry, nothing beats a good sandwich with cucumber, carrot, fried egg, a little pork and / or chicken, lettuce, cilantro and a good dash of hot sauce to chili.
For a 13.000VND that change come to be 50 cents (see Vietnam currency) We eat a Banh Mi sandwich fresh.
This is a video of a friendly saleswoman Vietnamese sandwich I prepared a mid-morning in the city of Ho Chi Minh in district 1 (see map of Saigon).
Typical tea of Vietnam: Tra Da (Tra đã)It is customary in Vietnam to serve, for free, while we wait for our food an iced tea. The name of this tea is Tra (Tra đã in Vietnamese). Whose literal translation into Spanish is "ice tea".
Surprisingly, regardless of the restaurant, café or street food stall, we always serve tea and furthermore, both the glass as iced tea presentation match. To sample a collection of photos taken at different points in the city of Ho Chi Minh.
If you look at the pictures, you'll see that the shape, height, capacity and vessel size are identical, German precision in Southeast Asia, very curious. The same applies to the presentation, no lime wedges or spoon to remove the tea, no nothing. Moreover, everywhere is exactly the same.
Typical Vietnamese Tea (Tra Da)
Tea typical Vietnam: Tra Da
Vietnamese Tra Da Tea
Vietnam Tra Da Tea typical
Dragon fruit (pitaya or Thanh Long).Dragon fruit or pitahaya (Thanh long in Vietnamese) is an exotic fruit that receives this curious name due to its outward appearance. Long in Vietnamese means dragon, very present in the culture and tradition animal Vietnamese, as for example in the famous Bay of the dragon, popularly popularmente conocida known as Ha Long Bay.
Dragon fruit (pitaya or Thanh Long)
Vietnamese exotic fruit: dragon fruit (pitahaya)
Vietnamese exotic fruit: dragon fruit (pitahaya)
We can buy dragon fruit in any supermarket or grocery store for just over 1 euro per kilo (about 30,000 VND).
Thanh Long: dragon fruit (pitahaya)
The intimidating and exotic appearance abode outside the Thanh Long dragon fruit, has nothing to do with white and black spots inside. In Vietnamese cuisine uses dragon fruit for breakfast and dessert. In this case, we have a fruit salad, where the predominant ingredient is the pitahaya. Dragon fruit contains a lot of water, which makes it very soft to eat, not containing fibers or threads of any kind and as a curiosity, I have to say is somewhat bland when compared with a watermelon or cantaloupe. The first time I ate dragon fruit, kiwi had in mind, I guess that's the black seeds, but the taste is diametrically opposed.
Presentation of the dragon fruit
Fruit salad with dragon fruit
Dragon fruit, dessert
Dessert with dragon fruit. Vietnam
Traditional Vietnamese Kitchen: Rau Muong (Rau Muong) or water spinachThe Rau muong (Rau muống) or water spinach (water spinach in English) is another typical dish of Vietnam. Prepares fried with a bit of garlic. Color and appearance are similar to the garlic, but water spinach has more consistency, but in turn it is crunchy and soft (like a French fries). This plant is extremely cheap in Vietnam, which makes their consumption very widespread and popular, so much that the rau muong may be considered a food of poor people, i.e. you won't taste the spinach of water at a high-class restaurant.
Rau muong (Rau muống) or water spinach (water spinach)
Regardless of popular belief, Rau Muong is, in my point of view, one of the simplest and most delicious dishes of Vietnam. In Spain the situation changes, we can find this plant in specialty stores (eg, in the basement of Plaza of Spain, in Madrid) but much higher price (2€ for 1 /4 kilo).
Vietnam Street Restaurant
Street Food in VietnamTalk about Vietnamese cuisine and cuisine of vietnam, is talking about street food stalls. Traditionally in Vietnam, houses had neither room bathroom, or kitchen. Hence the entrenched custom of eating on the street (the time of Vietnam, also accompanied).
On the other hand, the price of land is very expensive, more expensive than in Spain, that whole House in Vietnam is also a (very typical phrase of Vietnam). The part of the House that faces the street normally is used to perform some sort of commercial activity, in addition to the above mentioned reasons, I must say that in Vietnam small shops / jobs / stores do not pay taxes, coupled with the fact that a company pays a paltry salary (dare I say miserable) to the worker, makes the Asian people very enterprising.
The typical street stall is a metal cart with wheels, the top of which is transparent to reveal the ingredients or specialties that are available. They usually put vinyls or stickers attached to the metal basket specialties stall.
If the business works, it's time to expand, which usually means renting a small room with several tables and stools petite plastic even lower, which puts the cart.
Specialties of a food stand in Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
Vietnamese cuisine at a food stand in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Every good restaurant street rather than measured by " holders ", as in Spain, as a joke we measure with " chopsticks ". The lower plastic stools, more dirty and tatty... greater number of chopsticks (and lower price).
A street restaurant generally looks bad but good food. I've seen many focused restaurants to tourists, with its tablecloth fabric, its wooden high chairs and their suits waiters, buying food at a street corner stand, to subsequently serve in its place (with a surcharge of 300%).
The casual and carefree character Vietnamese, is evident in these street food stalls. No tables are clean and waste normally thrown to the ground. When closing the store, the clean soil frega or in this case, the sidewalk.
Typical Vietnamese Restaurant
Typical Vietnamese restaurant. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Almost all street restaurants have on the table a bowl of spicy chili seeds, a bowl with chopsticks and a small plastic beaker with paper napkins inside. These napkins are to clean, but to clean chopsticks (and if you're a little too scrupulous the table, which I recommend).
To clean it have the wipes, but eye, are free. The restaurant will put them on the table and we will charge about 2. 000VND each one we use.
Menu Vietnamese food. Specialties in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Since typical street. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Vietnamese restaurant. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Vietnamese meal in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Flesh to StoneThe food base Vietnamese is rice. Whether steamed rice noodles, rice vermicelli, rice paper, etc.
But that doesn't mean that we can not find a good steak. Without going any further, in the heart of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, District 1), we have a good restaurant specialist in meat, its name Bo Tung Xeo and is located in the Bui Vien Street no. 37. Although the quality is good and pleasant atmosphere, to be in the heart of the city the price is rather high for the standard of Vietnamese life, but in the eyes of a foreigner, the price is a bargain.
Flesh to Stone in district 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Flesh to Stone or grilled meat. Vietnamese food
Restaurant Grilled Meat in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Vietnam
Dish of Hanoi: Banh Cuon Nong (Banh Cuon Nong)Very similar to the Vietnamese roll, but rather than being made up of rice paper is made of tapioca flour. Inside pork and seasoned with a little parsley.
Vietnamese dish, dish of Hanoi
Banh Cuon Nong, a typical dish of Hanoi (Vietnamese food)
exotic foodIn Vietnam, we will have the opportunity to taste recipes as rare and exotic as the dog meat, egg and Chick medium develop snake, Rat meat, turtle, eel, frog, etc.
If you're interested, here's more information on exotic dishes from Vietnam.
This is a graphical display of the various exotic Vietnamese culinary specialties.
Egg with Chick without develop
Tasting dog meat in central Vietnam. The Vietnamese prepare the meat for up to 7 different shapes in the image, we can see the dog's paw like a leg of lamb.
To complete the list of culinary oddities, snake meat (water snake) with tofu, served with a bowl of steamed rice.
exotic RestaurantA picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some videos of the restaurant where I had the opportunity to try more exotic Vietnamese cuisine.
If anyone is interested, this is the menu with the name and address of the restaurant. Vietnamese restaurant in question is called Lang Nuong Nam Bo, and is located in the calle Cach mang thang tam of the 10th district of Ho Chi Minh City.
Menu of a Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam
Barbecue garden. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)Undoubtedly the best restaurant around grilled garden Saigon 's Barbecue. Its location, in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, along with a very reasonable price, makes many tourists and locals come daily to this restaurant for dinner. The address is Khoi Nghia Nam Ky # 135, A few meters from Museum of the Vietnam War.
This is a completely outdoor restaurant, with huge trees full of lights. To protect us from the rain, in the event that this appear, are fitted with a folding plastic awnings.
Each table has a small Grill gas-powered in the Center. Intensity regulator is located on one side of the table. If you had any doubt, this restaurant serves almost all of their dishes to cook medium or directly without cooking, so its put on the grill of the table and that we prepare it to taste, then eat it freshly made.
The waiters bring a bowl with oil (not olive, we're not in Spain) and a teaspoon, for us to extend the oil on the grill and we start preparing our dinner.
Barbecue garden has some interesting combos, where we can enjoy a bit of marinated fish, prawns and vegetables. This is my favorite option.
Barbecue Garden Restaurant. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Grilled vegetables in Barbecue Garden restaurant. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
To accompany our dishes, we will further 2 small bowls: one contains spicy chili sauce and the other with white pepper salt and lime. Shall squeeze the lime to release their juice and mix it with salt and pepper.
Grilled vegetables in Barbecue Garden restaurant. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Sugarcane Smoothie: Nuoc Mia (nuoc mine)A very sweet and refreshing option is the blending of sugarcane (mia Nước in Vietnamese). Normally the cane juice is extracted directly in the same place and prepares the milkshake with the freshly squeezed juice.
Shake sugarcane. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
This is a video of how to prepare the batter of sugar cane. For this use a machine that removes the liquid or plant sap sugar cane and deposits it into a container. After a glass, some ice, a straw and enjoy.
Place to take a shake of sugar cane. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Machine for processing sugar cane. Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam
Rice (COM)Without a doubt the dish par excellence of Vietnam is rice (cơm in Vietnamese). In Spain it is almost impossible to find this rice, but there is a jasmine-scented Thai rice which is very similar.
This is a Vietnamese rice bag:
Asian Rice: Vietnamese rice
Vietnamese rice bags
And this is the rice we could find in Spain.
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