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Culinary arts is one of the pride of Vietnamese culture with thousands of dishes imbued with national identity from the north to the south. Vietnamese cuisine is known more and more by almost countries around the world. August 2012 in Faridabad, India, Asia's record Organization officially recognized 12 dishes of Vietnam meet the criteria of "Cuisine Asian Values".
Culinary arts of Vietnam has the harmony, therefore it is easy to suit with different tastes of the tasters. Vietnamese cuisine is not too oily as Chinese dishes, or spicy as Thailand dishes, also not fond of butter, milk like European cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is the harmonious combination of food ingredients such as meat, vegetable, starch, spices, herbs… the ingredients must have natural origin to give the best taste for the food.
Each part of the country also has a different specialties, but all of them have the homogeneity of taste characterized by the Vietnamese cuisine. Northern has some famous dishes that using broth as Pho, Mien, Bun Thang, Bun Moc… broth is very subtle that is simmered from bone to create a natural sweetness. The central area dishes, especially Hue dishes, have a significant position in the culinary arts of Vietnam inclined of the variety of flavor, it is a coordination delicately between ingredients and spices. The dishes from the south has much vegetable as salad or barbecue.
Diner can easy to find Vietnam traditional dishes in luxury hotels, restaurants or street vendors. Vietnamese dishes is featured by a special and subtle processing. Martin Yan (Mr. Yan Can Cook) - a very famous chief also the protagonist of the TV show Yan Can Cook – shared that Culinary arts of Vietnam is very special, very good for your health and always fresh. Like Yan Can Cook, there are a lot of visitors from all over the world fascinated by the richness and unique of culinary arts of Vietnam. Coming to Vietnam for traveling or working, studying they always find cooking processes to cook Vietnamese food by themselves.
The way to enjoy dishes of Vietnamese people is also very special. Vietnamese people use all 5 senses to enjoy the food. First of all is vision: The food must be well decorated with many colors. Secondly is smell: before enjoying dishes, Vietnamese people often feel the aroma of dishes, sauces and herbs to stimulate appetite. The third is by hearing: while enjoying the dishes they listen the sound of dry pancake or shrimp chips… the forth is by tactile: Vietnamese people enjoy and feel the limpness of the thin rice noodle, the toughness of meat and the crispy of fried spring rolls to assess a delicious dish. The last and also the most important sense is the taste: the food must have the harmony of taste. if the dishes meet all 5 requirements are considered a delicious dishes. Because of the high requirement, therefore Vietnamese people always try to create the delicious food to meets these requirement.
Vietnam is not only has the beautiful landscapes and historical relics attracted to foreigners, culinary arts is also an important part to attract tourist to Vietnam. Many guest come to Vietnam just to find the dishes that their friends recommended or they were read from the news paper, magazine.