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Taste of Vietnam

Taste of Vietnam
Vietnam's stunning landscapes, along with its culinary heritage is a breathtaking country to behold. Known for the creative combination of the five fundamental taste elements - spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet - there is more to Vietnam than just pretty beaches and great markets. The strong and zesty flavours are essential elements of the Vietnamese culture and no trip to Vietnam is complete without trying these five quintessentially Vietnamese dishes. 

1. Phở
A staple dish, consisting of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef, pho features predominately in the local diet -- and understandably so. It's cheap, tasty, and available everywhere at all times of the day in Vietnamese restaurants or from street vendors. 

2. Gỏi cuốn
Soft vermicelli summer rolls that are light and healthy, fresh spring rolls are a refreshing change from the fried food that abounds in Vietnam. The rolls are packed with salad greens, a slice of meat or seafood and a layer of coriander and are dipped into Vietnam's famous fish sauce. They are typically eaten in a home setting but are also popular appetisers in Vietnamese restaurants 

3. Banh mi
The baguette may be French but this roll is unmistakably Vietnamese. The crispy bread is filled with fresh greens, paté and other fillings of choice such as carrot, chilli or even cheese. This roll is so good that it has been recreated around the world. In Vietnam, you will often find these being sold on the streets as a snack. 

4. Banh xeo
A crispy crêpe overflowing with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, with a garnish of fresh herbs, this dish combines many of the most common Vietnamese ingredients.
To enjoy one like a local, cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves and dunk it in whatever special sauce the chef has mixed up for you. Commonly found on street corners or in the mist of food markets, Banh xeo is a must-try.

5. Bot chien
Saigon's favourite street snack, bot chien, is a both a popular after school snack for students and a late night pick me up for party goers. Chunks of rice flour dough are fried in a large wok until crispy and then an egg is added to the mix. Once cooked, it's served with slices of crisp papaya, shallots and green onions, and for more flavour, pickled chili sauce and rice vinegar is added. 

To get some of these authentic flavours without heading to the streets of Vietnam, be sure to check out or range of Vietnamese products. Try out our Vietnamese Lemongrass Marinade or Vietnamese Pho. Bring the taste of Vietnam to your house tonight.

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