Vietnamese Food: The Cultural Assimilation between Vietnamese and Chinese

Vietnamese Food is one of the most favorite things from Vietnam. Therefore, Vietnamese restaurants are springing up in many countries including Thailand. Apart from its tasty and delicious, the mixing cultures between Vietnamese, Chinese and French make its unique. To taste for a traditional Vietnamese Food in every cities in Vietnam should be an experience to the travelers that no one should miss.

Here are 5 essential Vietnamese Foods everyone should try.

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Pho is a well-known Vietnamese food in Thailand. Vietnamese people usually primary eaten at breakfast time and go along well with a cup of coffee. Since French Colonial Period, many Vietnamese Cuisine including Pho was influenced from French Eating Culture. There are two style of Pho. Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) and Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup). Even though Noodle is a Chinese food but Vietnamese people can developed their noodles to become Pho or Vietnamese noodle with their own style. The basic bowl of pho consists of flat rice noodles, a little bit salty soup, which favored it from an aroma herbal such as basil, mint, lime juice and fresh chilli. For Vietnam street food, sometimes they served Pho with steamed sticky rice mixed with soybeans, corns and peanuts.

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Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo or in Thailand, we called it “Kha Nom Bueng Yuan”. Banh Xeo is a crispy pancakes made from rice flour mixed with turmeric powder to make it yellow. Banh Xeo contain shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and herbal. They put various ingredients to fill in Bahn Xeo. Way to eat Banh Xeo is cut each pancake into quarters, serve with lettuce and dunked in a spicy sauce before eaten.

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Banh Mi

Banh Mi was influenced from French Cuisine. Banh Mi is Vietnamese sandwich and they use Vietnamese baguettes which is softer than French baguettes. This baguette sandwich filled with

preserved pork sausage, grilled pork, cheese, sausage, fried egg, coriander, fresh vegetables, chili sauce .. etc. However, choice of fillings can be different in each areas and it depends on various ingredients.

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Bun Cha

Vietnamese people basically eaten Bun Cha at Lunch. Bun Cha is made of grilled pork and eat together with soup, rice vermicelli or noodles and fresh vegetables. However, they always serve Bun Cha with Fried crab spring rolls.

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Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon or Fresh Spring Rolls is one of the most famous traditional dish of Vietnam. Now, it is become a famous healthy food because it is made from fresh vegetables, herbs and meats (pork, chicken or beef.) Fresh spring rolls are healthier and lower fat than fried spring rolls.

Direction from Thailand to Vietnam

By bus: there are 2 Border Crossing Points across from Thailand as following details:-

1. Thailand – Lao Friendship Bridge / Nong Khai Border.

Across Thailand border to Lao through the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge at Nong Khai Border over the Mekong River. Then taking van or bus to Route No. 13 (South) through Route No. 8 via Bolikhamxai (Paksan city) where opposite to Bungkan, Nong Khai Province, Thailand. Then, arrive to Vietnam.

2. Mukdahan Border across through Lao

Start from the city of Mukdahan, then go to Indo – China Market and across through Lao by boat using passport. Then, when you arrive to Lao, take a bus from the bus station to Danang, Vietnam by taking about 13 hours through Hue, Vietnam.

Caution: Driving in Vietnam. The people in Vietnam drive a left hand drive vehicles but also drive on the right side of the road. This is opposite to Thailand.

By airplane: There are many direct flight from various airlines available from Bangkok to many cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang by taking time around 1.30 – 1.45 Hours.