In some countries, unusual ingredients, most of the time, can be found only in exotic restaurants. What makes the use of these ingredients in Vietnam stand out is that ingredients that are deemed a typical in most countries can play a customary role in daily family dishes, from the poor`s to the riches`s.
Vietnamese cuisine is reflective of the Vietnam lifestyle from the preparation to how the food is served.
Despite being a small country in Southeast Asia, the foods from each region in Vietnam carry their distinctive and unique characteristic that portray the geographical and living condition of the people there. The traditional Southern Vietnamese meal is made up of fresh ingredients that only the fertile Mekong Delta could provided. Central Vietnam is the region in which food is prepared with the strongest, boldest flavor. Northern Vietnamese cuisine has a strong Chinese influence, and its iconic dish Pho. While rice is a staple in the Southern Vietnamese diet, the North has a preference for noodles. Due to the drastic differences in climate, lifestyles throughout the three main regions of Vietnam vary and so do their foods.
The mainstream culinary traditions in all three regions of Vietnam share some fundamental features:
Freshness of food: Most meats are only briefly cooked to preserve their original textures and colors. Vegetables are eaten fresh; if they are cooked, they are boiled or only briefly stir-fried.
- Presence of herbs and vegetables: Herbs and vegetables are essential to many Vietnamese dishes and are often abundantly used.
- Broths or soup-based dishes are common in all three regions.
- Presentation: The condiments that accompany Vietnamese meals are usually colorful and arranged in eye-pleasing manners.
Now, let`s discover and enjoy the best of Vietnamese foods at SaiGon Noodle and Bistro Restaurant.