The Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine

 

Food is a language that everyone can relate. It is a common element for all cultures. The common celebrated foods in America are barbecue, hot dogs, and burgers for gatherings, Turkey for Thanksgiving, etc.The Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese go all out during family gatherings. In fact after you review this article, you will discover at least three secrets about Vietnamese holiday culture and cuisine that you have never heard about until now.
Vietnamese are very particular about their food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizzas are great but they do not hold candles to traditional Vietnamese cuisine during holiday celebrations or family gatherings.

Vietnamese loves to celebrate and socialize around food and beer. Vietnam is bound by the South China Sea. There is a plethora of seafood. We celebrate heartily with all different types of seafood. We eat until we drop. Seafood is the most celebrated traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

The seafood tradition lives on with my family even after we migrated to America. Whenever I visit my siblings, we would have a variety of traditional Vietnamese cuisine such as king crab legs, spicy seasoned crawfish, and/or boiled snails dipped in lemon, salt and pepper. Yum!!! My relatives would a have a competition to see who makes the spiciest seafood dip or the best Vietnamese traditional dish such as Bun Bo Hue or Pho. Holidays are time to show off what you know in the kitchen.

While others are still milling on the food, the karaoke begins. Yes, I am as guilty. All the young and old chime in with different generations of music ranging from classical Vietnamese songs to today’s latest American pop songs. Good times are had by all during family gatherings. We roll home happy and full.During family gatherings, exotic Vietnamese cuisine usually surfaces. Traditional Vietnamese cuisine can be as simple as boiled crab legs or as exotic as duck blood pie or frog curry. Yes, dog meat comes to mind when Vietnamese celebrate holidays. However, dog meat is commonly served in Vietnam and not in America.

As you can see, traditional Vietnamese cuisine favors seafood. Growing up with a seafood palette, hamburgers and hot dogs will not do.

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