Vietnamese Food features a combination of five fundamental tastes (Vietnamese: ngũ vị) in the overall meal. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements.
Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird’s eye chili, lime, and Thai basil leaves.
Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.
Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad
Nancy and Susan from Pho Thang Café in Cleveland demonstrated how to make Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad at the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival.
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Nancy and Susan from Pho Thang Café in Cleveland demonstrated how to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls at the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival.