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See the Best Vietnamese Desserts Classic, Del

A meal often isn’t complete without a dessert. Some come covered in sugar. Others come in unique flavors inspired by fruits, vegetables, and natural ingredients.

Desserts in Vietnamese cuisine are sweet and delicious. Indigenous-inspired ingredients with elements of French cooking, there are over a half-dozen desserts worth a try. Unfortunately, Canadians haven’t heard of very many Vietnamese desserts. We want to change that.

Some desserts in Vietnamese cooking are very similar to their Canadian counterparts. That said, they carry slightly different tastes and an authentic presentation. Ethnic cuisines aren’t usually known for desserts. These though have to be shared.

Che

Che is a dessert beverage or pudding. It is made from beans and sticky rice. Che comes in varieties, sometimes associated with a specific fruit or bean. The beans used are either mung or kidney beans. Serve it hot or cold.

Common ingredients in che are tapioca, jelly, and coconut cream. Fruits used are mango, longan, durian, lychee, or jackfruit. Che is made at home but can also be shopped at many Vietnamese grocery stores.

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Pho FAQ – All of Toronto’s Best Questions Abo

The mouth-watering dish that is pho in Toronto will warm you when it’s cold outside. It’ll also give your soul a kind embrace when things aren’t going so great on the inside. Pho is our favourite Vietnamese meal.

You may have seen pho advertised at a local Toronto Vietnamese restaurant. You may have enjoyed a bowl with friends. However you’ve come to it, it’s become a delightful winter dish throughout the GTA.

With winter coming to a close, as a tribute to pho, we compiled the most frequently asked questions about pho in Toronto. Here we go.

How do you pronounce pho?

Pho is spoken as ‘fuh’. Although newcomers will call it ‘foe’, the correct pronunciation is said as ‘fuh’.

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Is Vietnamese Vegetarian

Cooking Vietnamese dishes, meat is a common ingredient. It’s in our pho, sandwiches, and dipping sauces.

Fish taken from the coastline and beef from our farms make regular appearances. Including protein in dishes like Vietnamese pho is a must. This doesn’t mean it’s not possible to eat as a vegetarian.

The rise in popularity of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles isn’t ignored. Many Vietnamese restaurants, street vendors, and family recipes have created modified versions of favourites. There’s vegetarian pho, in several varieties, as an example.

Can you be vegetarian eating Vietnamese cuisine – absolutely. Here’s some insight into how being a vegetarian in Vietnamese cuisine works.

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What’s in Vietnamese Salad

Indigenous salad in Vietnamese cuisine does not resemble what a lot of Canadians would expect it to look like. Referred to as ‘goi’ or ‘nom’, there are many varieties of salad in Vietnamese culture but what nearly all of them have in common is that they don’t resemble French nor Russian salads, both of which are common to families and restaurants in North America.

What is common between Canadian and Vietnamese salads is the use of fresh ingredients. Throughout Vietnamese cuisine, fresh herbs, vegetables, and sometimes fruit are very, very important. This isn’t a type of cooking that appreciates or tolerates stale, less-than-fresh ingredients. To give you an idea into what makes Vietnamese salad, here are the 10 most popular salads in Vietnamese cuisine.

Goi hue rau muong

Goi hue rau muong is a salad originating in central Vietnam that builds from a base of water spinach. This salad has a bit of a stigma as water spinach, for a long time, was considered a vegetable of the poor. Regardless, this salad is mixed with tomatoes, other vegetables, and is sautéed with chopped garlic, pork fat or oil, and fish sauce. It isn’t a centerpiece dish or considered a main course. Goi hue rau muong is most commonly served as a side dish.

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What Influenced Vietnamese Cuisine – Where Is

Vietnamese is a diverse cuisine that has some very interesting origins and influences. Like Canadian food has its span of multicultural dishes, eating Vietnamese is quite similar in that there’s a little bit of French, a little bit of indigenous Vietnamese, a little Cambodian, a little Chinese, and a little Thai in it. This doesn’t even begin to dig into the regional influence and divide between central, northern, and southern parts of the country.

What countries have had the biggest influence on Vietnamese cuisine?

The area that is today Vietnam was once a French colony. From 1858 to 1954, Vietnam was French. When the French moved in on indigenous Vietnamese, there was a clash in food cultures. The Vietnamese, of course, had a manner of eating and the French had another. These two cuisines came together in this colonization that resulted in many dual-cultured dishes. Baguettes, coffee with cream, milk, butter, custards, and cakes are all a result of the French.

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What is a Vietnamese Meat Dish – See a List o

Meat is an ingredient used in every ethnic cuisine. It is used in so many different ways. In Vietnamese cuisine, like other Asian manners of cooking, we work hard to use as much of our meats as possible.

You may have heard about common Vietnamese meat dishes, some hot and others cold. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, meat seems to always find its way into the food we prepare. Here’s a list of our favourite Vietnamese meat dishes and a little bit about the philosophies behind them.

Bo la lot

Bo la lot uses a very spicy kind of cooked beef and wraps it in a betel leaf and is then grilled. Considered a finger food, it is commonly served at barbecues and community gatherings. Vietnamese cuisine in the southern half of the country prepares a similar dish with pork. Numerous Asian markets also prepare and sell bo la lot as a type of quick-to-eat meat dish.

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How Vietnam Villages Prepare Authentic, Fresh

Fresh ingredients have a big influence on the quality of a Vietnamese dish. Local restaurants, vendors, and markets in Vietnam have relationships with local farmers and their villages. Entire villages exist with the sole purpose to produce a specific ingredient, such as vermicelli, rice, or something else. These village-based cultural traditions have been passed down for centuries, assigning responsibility to specific families to feed the people.

We live in an era where technological advancement and innovation are closely associated with value. Cultures like Vietnamese cuisine celebrate traditions that repeat over and over. For decades, dishes like pho have been made the same way. They’ve truly stood the test of time. Here are just a few of the ways in which ingredients in Vietnamese cuisine are prepared authentically by villages back home.

Com

Com is a form of beaten green rice made in the Me Tri Village in the Vietnam city of Hanoi. This village is considered one of the two oldest places in Vietnam. Com is a seasonal dish in Me Tri, created from immature rice kernels.

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