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Rice Experience on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Holidays

Rice Experience on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Holidays

Have you ever questioned how rice is grown? Or what is the different between brown rice and white rice? I often receive those questions from travelers – especially when passing by a rice paddy, or whenever we see a famer working on a flooded rice field during my journeys across Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Here is all you need to know about rice and the making of this staple food, which makes up this region.


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Six Best Vietnamese Dishes

Six Best Vietnamese Dishes

Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor that reflects one or more of their common ingredients, including fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp paste, fresh herbs, lemongrass, ginger, mint, coriander, bird’s eye chili, and lime. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its smart use of fresh ingredients, commentary textures, reliance on herbs and vegetables, and minimal use of dairy and oil.


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Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon

As Vietnam is one of the world-renowned foodie destinations in Southeast Asia, there are so many delicious dishes to try while you are visiting this beautiful country. Talking about Vietnamese food, you may have heard of Pho, Bun Cha or Banh Mi. Those are all good and must-try dishes in Vietnam, Banh Cuon is also on the list of authentic Vietnamese food that one should never forget to try.


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Vietnamese’s Cellophane Noodles

Vietnamese’s Cellophane Noodles

Located in northern Vietnam, Cao Bang is a mountainous province and it is most famous for the best “mien dong” (canna vermicelli), which is used throughout the country to make dishes related to “mien” (cellophane noodles). As the rhizomes of the canna are full of starch, it can be used like an alternative choice to replace steamed rice.


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Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Known as the best heathy and tasty food in the region, true Vietnamese food has a very distinctive character. Instead of soya sauce, there is the universal use of nuoc mam - a very pungent fish sauce, though not all Vietnamese food tastes of fish. There are generous amounts of ingredients such as garlic, tiny minced fresh chili, lime, rice vinegar, basil and coriander being added to their fish sauce, which make the characters of the Vietnamese food.


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Home-hosted Private Cooking Class in Vietnam

Home-hosted Private Cooking Class in Vietnam

More than half of the population in Vietnam still live in rural areas and engage in agriculture, food is at the very heart of every home. And because Vietnam is known as a great foodie destination, have a cooking class while traveling in Vietnam is a very popular activity. One of the most frequent requests that we often received is to arrange home-hosted private cooking lessons during a tour. The activity provides a great introduction to the local market, ingredients, food culture


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Fine Dining Restaurants in Hanoi

Fine Dining Restaurants in Hanoi

I don't try to include all fine dining restaurants in the city center on this list, in stead you will find a concise and helpful list of 6 nice settings and great foods in the town. If you are looking for a great French fusion Vietnamese restaurant, or a fine dinning Vietnamese food, this is where you should definitely have a look.


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7 Best Hanoi Street Foods

7 Best Hanoi Street Foods

Vietnamese food is fresh, tasty, and very healthy. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Chinese and French influences. The city is now famous for best Vietnamese street foods, check out our list of 7 best street foods.


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Vietnamese Coffee the Origin

Vietnamese Coffee the Origin

During the Indochina war, French brought coffee into Vietnam first for their own use. Then coffee was widely introduced to the country and grown in big scale in the Center Highlands of Vietnam. Now Vietnam is proud to be the second largest coffee exporter in the world.


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Shrimp Paste The Love and Hate Vietnamese Sauce

Shrimp Paste The Love and Hate Vietnamese Sauce

Shrimp paste is one of the dipping sauce in Vietnamese cuisine culture that will raise many questions as well as eye bows. It is the sauce that you can tell its strong smell from miles away. But it is also the dipping sauce that make many Vietnamese dishes exceptionally tasty. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that this sauce has a lot of characters.


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