Vietnam food diaries part 4 (last part): Our primary reason to visit Vietnam was the cuisine after all those food shows that have been tempting us for decades. 😂 Joy had a list of places and food that he wanted to try and we not only ticked them all but also discovered new stuff that wasn’t on the list.
Vietnamese cuisine is considered the healthiest because not only does it incorporate varied meat and seafood, they also add a lot of greens and broth. The meat is usually cooked with betel leaf, mango, cabbage, papaya, and so many other interesting vegetables and herbs that add flavour to the curries. You can actually taste the ingredients since there’s no overpowering spices.
These dishes I’ve posted are all in Saigon, which is a much larger and bustling city compared to Hanoi but the food was delicious and different from what we ate in north Vietnam. 😋
Pic 1 and 2 is of brinjal and tofu with stuffed minced pork in a tomato based gravy, the other is stewed pork with egg and spring onions. Pic 3 is a saigon special of fried Mekong catfish with raw mango salad. Pic 3, 4 and 6 also have a lot of greens like sautéed morning glory along with the starter or the main course. Since they don’t have the concept of vegetarianism, it seems even the veggies are sautéed in oyster sauce or fish sauce. There are a lot of good restaurants in Saigon, but special mention to the chef at Five Oysters. The food was outstanding.
Even though their cuisine is primarily non vegetarian, with the tourism boom, vegetarians and vegans are being catered to and we did see vegan and Indian restaurants in the tourist areas of Saigon. The tours and cruise companies too take special requests and customise the food, if there are any specific dietary requirements.
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