Rice and rice noodles are staples because of how easy it is to grow in the flooded farmland. Rice is very versatile, and it shows in its usage in porridge, spring roll shells and other fried things, and rice wraps.
Vietnamese rice porridge that is used to calm the stomach. It is sometimes served with slices of meat and herbs.
Fat is refering to margarine or animal fats, and it's crucial to making sure the simple foods are still flavorful.
A sub made in a baguette. The key components are bread, margarine, and pâté, but street vendors can add other toppings depending on a customer's preferences.
Tofu, duck, chicken, and even dog are popular sources of protein, and beef and pork are considered higher quality meat. These are often roasted, skewered, and put in wraps.
Banh uot thit nuong
Marinated grilled pork in a blend of sugar, salt, chili, lemongrass and fish sauce. It's served with rice wraps to make it easier to eat.
This refers to spices and vegetables that are raw, pickled, or steamed. Lemongrass, bean sprouts, water spinach, and morning glory are popular, and different spices and curries are used such as coriander, green onions, dill, and mint.
Nom hoa chuoi
Banana flower salad mixed with green papaya, carrots, and cilantro. It includes chicken and peanuts for protein, and salty fish sauce dressing.
This refers to the abundance of clear soups and seafoods (primarily fish, crab, and shrimp). These are often what people eat for lunch on the go.
Marinated pork belly in a large bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth. It's includes a large amount of herbs and rice noodles.