Cultured Palate: Dishes from Vietnam

If you’ve never traveled to Vietnam, you can’t even begin to imagine how much you’re missing out on. Not only is it gorgeous and rich in culture and history, Vietnam is also a foodie mecca. Nowhere on Earth can you get such delicious food, prepared street side, at all hours of the day.

Vietnamese food is rich without being heavy, flavorful without being overwhelming, and simultaneously refreshing and filling. Vietnamese food is always prepared with the freshest possible ingredients. It uses herbs and other greens to complement rich cuts of meat, making a completely balanced and harmonious meal.

If you’re heading that way soon, here are a few of the top dishes that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Goi Cuon

Goi cuon are salad rolls made of delicious and fresh rice paper wraps, which envelop a variety of ingredients, depending on your taste, and where you are in the country. Goi cuon will usually feature a protein like pork, shrimp, or even tofu, wrapped up with various herbs like mint, basil, or cilantro.

Goi cuon are generally served with a light dipping sauce. These are often a fish sauce with chilis, or a peanut-based sauce which is perfect for red meats like pork or beef. They’re the perfect on-the-go snack.

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