Vietnamese Recipes

Vietnamese Recipes

Vietnamese food is characterised by the clean bright flavour of intensely aromatic herbs - coriander, local mints and many varieties of basil - used as central ingredients rather than the western way of adding a smidgin to garnish. The way that so much of the food is wrapped - thin noodles and pork in lettuce leaves or cold crystal spring rolls of softened rice paper wrapped around herbs, peanuts and prawns and all served with dipping sauce makes Vietnamese food a multi sensory experience. Fish sauce is the seasoning of choice and in nuoc cham -or nuoc mam - it is laced with chilies, garlic, sugar, lime and rice vinegar to create the favourite sauce of a sauce loving people. Try it and you will know why.