Food plays a major role in Vietnamese culture and everyday life. Both the preparation and consumption of meals is serious business, and often connected to a long tradition of recipes that have been handed down through the generations. The Vietnamese love to snack, and one will never have to look far for a delicious meal when traveling.
Vietnamese food constitutes a distinct cuisine in its own right, with the liberal use of fish sauce (nuoc mam), the preference for fresh herbs, and the unique wrapping of small pieces of meat or vegetables in lettuce or rice paper as its hallmarks. The chief influence of Vietnamese cuisine comes from China, which among other things, is evident in the use of chop sticks. Spices from India have found their way into Vietnamese dishes via its neighboring countries Laos and Cambodia, while the Europeans brought tomatoes, peanuts, coffee, baguettes, yogurt, and butter.
The main staples of Vietnamese cuisine are rice (also used for making noodles), coconut, ginger, garlic, chilies, and copious amounts of fish sauce and fresh herbs. A large variety of fruits and vegetables are grown in Vietnam, from exotic durians to strawberries, and they are used to great effect in sweet and savory dishes. Vietnamese cooks employ a number of different cooking methods, including stir-frying, steaming, stewing (in clay pots), and grilling. Fish, beef, pork, and poultry are eaten with great gusto, as are other sources of protein, such as dogs, frogs, field rats, snakes, baby birds, and monkeys, to name just a few.
Unlike in Western cooking where a harmonious blending is favored to create a single taste (such as in sauces), Vietnamese cuisine adheres to the principles of yin and yang as well as the notion of five flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy). Dishes are prepared with distinct layers of flavors and textures that are often contrasted, and great attention is paid to the "heating" and "cooling" properties of ingredients. Meals are composed according to these principles, resulting in a diet that is balanced and beneficial for the body.
Typical meals always include communal style dishes from which each diner scoops a small portion into his individual bowl. Soups and rice or noodles form the base of most meals, and are enhanced by fresh herbs (eaten like salads in Western countries), meat, vegetables, and various condiments. These are usually dipping sauces made with nuoc mam and chilies, but salt and freshly ground pepper accompanied by a slice of lime are also common. Sweets and desserts are very popular and are often served in the form of tapioca pearls, corn, beans, or sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and flavored with ginger.
|Day 1||Ha Noi capital > Hanoi Old Quarters||Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will clear customs and immigration, and be met by our...||D|
|Day 2||Ha Noi capital > Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum > Temple of Literature > Hoan Kiem lake > One Pillar Pagoda||This morning you will have your first cooking lesson. The experience starts with...||B , L , D|
|Day 3||Ha Noi capital > Ha Long Bay > Ha Noi capital||Head out of Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO....||B , L , D|
|Day 4||Ha Noi capital > Hue City > Imperial Citadel > DongBa market||Catch an early morning flight south to Hue, the imperial city of the Nguyen King...||B , L , D|
|Day 5||Hue City||Today you will learn how to cook some of the most famous Vietnamese Royal foods...||B , L , D|
|Day 6||Hue City > Ho Chi Minh city > BenThanh Market > China Town||Today we get morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival in Saigon, you head to visit...||B , L , D|
|Day 7||Ho Chi Minh city||Cooking lesson at the Vietnam Cooking Center In the last cooking lesson, you wi...|
|Day 8||Ho Chi Minh city||The day is free at your leisure until the transfer for your departure from Saigo...||B|
Tour Cost includes:
- Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicated.
- Full meals as indicated ( L, D ) at the local restaurant.
- Breakfast at hotel.
- 2 domestic flights : Hanoi - Hue, Hue - Saigon
- English or French speaking guide
- Entrance fees.
- Cooking fees
- Visit Market fees
- Private Boat trip in Halong Bay, Tiengiang river in Mytho.
- Twin-share accommodation ( AC room)
Tour Cost excludes:
- International airport tax in Hanoi at USD 14.00 nett per person
- International airfare to/from Vietnam
- Personal insurance
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc.
- Visa to Vietnam
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