Saturday, May 1, 2010

Regional Recipes: Vietnam!


So far we've eaten hummus in the Middle East, soda bread in Ireland, and rice and beans in Haiti. Next up, let's make our way East with a trip to...VIETNAM!

Vietnamese cuisine is typically admired for its emphasis on healthy and fresh ingredients. It can be broken up into three categories, based on the region it is from. Northern Vietnamese food is probably most similar to what you would expect to find in a Vietnamese restaurant, as northern Vietnam was the cradle of Vietnamese culture. It gave rise to popular dishes such as pho and banh cuon or a rolled cake. Southern Vietnamese food, in contrast, was greatly influenced by the Chinese and French and so it tends to emphasize sweeter flavors and utilizes a wider variety of herbs. Central Vietnamese cuisine veers from the aforementioned two in that it typically consists of a lot of smaller dishes...kind of like a Vietnamese tapas. It is also usually the most spicy of the three.

Feel free to check out this Wikipedia site for inspiration, as well as this, this, this, and this.

Please email me (jhbruno87@gmail.com) your submissions by May 31!

20 comments:

  1. we'll love to see what you come up with! When you do make something, please submit to delicious vietnam, a monthly blog event to celebrate vietanemse cuisine!

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  2. the only thing viet i like is chicken noodle soup :)

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  3. Oh yum! This sounds like a super fun challenge:D

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  4. Sounds like fun! My sister has an old friend that stayed in Vietnam for a spell. Did you know they eat dog meat? Apparently, the dogs are raised on farms much like cattle. No dog for me, thanks! I'll see what else I can find. ;D

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  5. I've never made anything Vietnamese, although I would love to. I'm in!

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  6. great to know about this

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  7. This is a lovely event Joanne!! I will try to join in for the first time:)

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  8. I'm in girl, "let's see what I come up with" says the mexican who lives in Texas..haha

    sweetlife

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  9. The first thing that came to mind when I saw Vietnamese cuisine is their fresh spring rolls. This is my first time visiting the site and would love to join!

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  10. Awesome choice! Maybe this will be the kick in the butt I need to finally try my hand at pho.

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  11. yumm... their spring rolls are awesome. as well as just plain old pho :)

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  12. Each country has its specialty, and as you change the region within the country, the tastes change.

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  13. This is a cool concept. I will try to whip something up and send it to you. Thanks for stopping by our page.

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  14. This is really interesting concept. I love Vietnamese cuisine, the way of keeping food so fresh, crisp, clean and simple. I wish I had some Vietnamese recipes to contribute. If you want some Nepalese recipe I can contribute some.

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  15. Weeeeee - I just sent in an entry - again by the skin of my teeth...=) Enjoy!

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  16. It was very interesting for me to read your regional round-ups! Haven't eaten Vietnamese so I'm waiting forward to see this one.

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  17. What an interesting site, so many great regional recipes. I can't wait to see what you post next.

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  18. though I rarely make Vietnamese food, I love to eat it when I go out! the roundup looks delicious!

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