6 Dec 2012, 3:50pm
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  • Culinary culture of Vietnamese

    Part I: the synthesis nature

    The way of eating in Vietnamese culture is firstly showed on the way that Vietnamese do the cooking. Most of Vietnamese dishes are the product of a synthesize making: vegetables and vegetables, vegetables and spices, vegetables and meat…

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    Simple as xôi gấc (steamed momordica glutinous rice), ốc nấu (boiling shellfish), phở (noodle soup)… Sophisticated as bánh chưng (square glutinous rice cake), nem rán (fried meat roll) … Or just the sauce, all of them are made from a lot of materials. These materials mixing with each other to make the dishes have full of nutrient: protein, fat, starch, mineral, water. They not only have high nutritional value, but also make a original taste, both delicious of five tastes: salt – fat – sour – pungent – sweet, and beautiful of five colors: black – red – green – white – yellow. With just a bowl of sauce, a clever housewife will make from a lot of material, make it full of tastes: salt of fish sauce, pungent of ginger, chili, sour of lemon, sweet of sugar, and special taste of garlic.

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    The synthesis nature is also shown on the eating way of Vietnamese. When eating, Vietnamese have a lot of dishes at the same time: cooked rice, soup, vegetable, melon, fish, meat, flying dishes, boiling dishes… This way affect to all human senses: nose sniff the scent of dishes, eyes saw the colorful of dining-table, tongue tastes the dishes, and ears hear the sound when foods are chewed. (Vietnamese like smack the lips when drink tea, and “khà” (a sigh of satisfaction) when drinking). Sometime, Vietnamese fell very comfortable and wonderful when using hands to tear the food (such as boil chicken).

    The delicious of Vietnamese meals is the mixing of many factors:

    Good food but bad weather is not delicious.

    Good weather but bad place is not delicious.

    Good place but has no friend is not delicious.

    Have friend but bad atmosphere is not delicious as well.

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    Part II: The community and exemplary nature

    The synthesis has brought out the community nature in Vietnamese eating way: eating together. For this reason, all people in the meal have closely related and depended on each other, and one important thing is Vietnamese likes to talk in the meal. A typical example for this nature is in the way that Vietnamese drinks “Rượu cần” (wine drunk out of a jar through pipes).
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    The community nature involves people have to have a high eating and drinking culture “Ăn trông nồi, ngồi trông hướng” (thoughtful in eating and sitting). Because all people are interdependent, you have to be considerate in sitting and exemplary in eating. The exemplary nature demands people don’t eat too fast or too slow, too much or too little, and shouldn’t be the last one in meal or leftover. If you eat too fast, you are so rude; in the contrary, you make the other waiting for. If you eat too much, eat to the last one, you are so greedy; too little or leftover, it becomes a way to show that the meal is not good. When you go to the other house for a meal invitation, you should eat deliciously to express your thankfulness and respect to the host, but in the other way, you should leave a bit in dishes to express that you are not greedy or dying of hunger.
    Vietnamese have this sentence: “Ăn hết bị đòn, ăn còn mất vợ
    (in meal, you should eat all dishes but not eating to the last one of the dish, though it’s very delicious, you should leave for the other, but you also should eat clearly you dish, bowl, not to leave over.)