In Vietnam, family meals with many Traditional Vietnamese Food has been one of the unique cultural features. Since the ancient time, it has become a very familiar thing whenever they go far away, they think about it with high regard. Up to now, the family meal are higher appreciated due to the people are getting busier with their business.
In big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, parents are always busy, they get up early in the morning and take their children to schools before going to work. Children study and have lunch at schools which are provided by school cafeteria. Meanwhile, parents work and eat at offices with leftover food from yesterday or somewhere else which is convenient for them. Therefore, dinners are an intangible string to connect family member together and opportunities for them to share a meal and gather after a hard day.
At that time, sharing the delicious Traditional Vietnamese Food for the elderly and children is an action of showing affection among family members. In respond, the elderly teach their children the ethnic standards and proper behaviors to others. The traditional values, customs, and etiquette of the ancestors are conveyed to the children and then, as the eternal rule, they teach their children these traditional values. Moreover, the Vietnamese traditional family meal also concerns profound and faithful love among husband and wife. No matter how poor their meal is, they enjoy it in happy atmosphere. The meal is simple, but it implies a profound love.
Vietnam is well known as a nation which has a long history, so they have a distinct and unique of the way they eat. There are some characteristics in the way of eating of the Vietnamese.
1. Eating with all your senses
Firstly, people eat by their eyes. Therefore, the traditional Vietnamese food has to be colorful and diversity, the look is very important. For example, a plate of fried eggs, even it is a really dish but it must include not only yellow eggs but also some red tomato, brown meat and green scallion. The shape of ingredients is important too. You can cut too big to eat or too small, it must be in the middle and equal in every pieces.
After looking the food, smell is the second important thing. People smell flavors emitted from the main ingredient and others. Imagine that you are eating fried Vietnamese rolls. Beside the incredible smell and stunning brown color, you take a bite and hear crispy sound through your ears, meanwhile enjoying the delicious flavor. To sum up, Vietnamese people enjoy food by using all of senses.
2. Eating healthy
Vietnamese people always consider cooking the food which is healthy, nutritious, balance and delicious at the same time. Generally, in a traditional meal, they must have up to 2 or 3 dishes. A soup, 1 dish of protein such as meat or fish and one more stir fried dish, and don’t forget about a bowl of white rice. In tropical country, there are so many kinds of vegetable, that is the reason why Vietnamese soup is various, from vegetable like green mustard, water spinach to potato and carrot, kohlrabi. Besides, they often cook soup with meat such as Fish soup, which includes fish, pineapple, starfruit, tomato and some herbs and taste sour also salty and sweet at the same time. Next is the protein of the meal. Normally, they often use pork or chicken, fish to cook, some traditional dishes are Stew pork with coconut water, Stew chicken with ginger or Fried fish with tomato. Last but definitely not least, the stir-fry dish. This is a various dish, often include vegetable and meat, such as Stirred water spinach with beef, Stirred bamboo with meat.
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3. How to eat
In each Vietnamese family meal, everyone has one own small bowl, and dishes are put on plate in the middle. Therefore, each one can eat whatever they want, and they do not need to eat what they dislike. Moreover, they can eat very little or very much which depends on their digestion.
In addition, on the dining table, cooked rice, soup and fish sauce are shared to everyone. The food likes meat or cereals are sliced into small pieces so that everyone can take them easily.
To sum up, family meal is significant to Vietnamese people which do appreciate the period of family union. It remains traditional values that all of the generation have to preserve carefully.
Do you want to try a tradition Vietnamese meal? Here are some best restaurants in Hanoi that might satisfy your thirst:
1. Madame Hiền
Address: 15 Chan Cam Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Address: 34 Chau Long Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 02:00pm | 05:30pm – 10:00pm
3. Mắm Restaurant
Address: 11 Hang Mam Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
4. 1946 restaurant
Address: Number 3 Yen Thanh alley, Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:45am – 10:00pm
5. Seasons of Hanoi
Address: 95B Quan Thanh Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:00am – 02:00pm | 06:00pm – 10:30pm