The country can be divided into three main regions: the North, the Central and the South. Although there are some similarities in eating style, we also have different characteristics in each region, creating difficult mixed characteristics.
Northern cuisine with sophisticated look.
The feature of northern cuisine is often not too spicy, fatty, or sweet as in other regions; the dishes has enjoyable tastes, which are not too rich but still colorful; the main elements are fish sauce, shrimp paste, many types of vegetables and freshwater seafood such as shrimp, crab, fish, clams, mussels, etc. Generally, due to the fact of the tradition of poor agriculture, the dishes with main material like meat or fish were not popular in the past.
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Northern cuisine demonstrates the longstanding culture of the country. Visiting the North of Vietnam – the capital of many dynasties, Hanoi has been recognized as the elite of Northern cuisine with many tasteful dishes such as pho, bun thang, bun cha, bun oc, Vong young rice, banh cuon Thanh Tri and special spices like belostomatid oil, Lang basil.
Northern cuisine contains a unique feature, each dish has its own characteristic of different regions, shows the ways of processing, sophisticated decorating and tasting level. It is obviously that this is the reason for the sentence “eat like the North, dress like the Kinh people”, the dishes of the North are spare and natural.
A meal with full of traditional dishes for Lunar New Year.
Most of the cuisine require the careful, skillful and sophisticated skills of cooking; especially in holidays and lunar new year, those skills are shown in "mâm cao cỗ đầy" (a table full of delicious meals), each tray must have "bốn bát sáu đĩa" (four bows and six plates of meals), which are cooked picky, delicious and eye-catching.
It does not mean that the Northern cuisine focus mostly on dishes in holidays and Lunar New Year. Another feature is in the cake, which are not fill your stomach, but can bring you many exciting thing, especially, it remind you beautiful memories of the Northern people.
All of that is the Northern cuisine, which is not so splendid or brilliant, but it's filled with emotions as an art poem. Above all, we see the beauty inside hundreds of cuisines in the Northern food that are friendliness, and love for the country.
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