Interested in a gastronomical adventure with your family and friends in Vietnam? Impress your friends and connect with the locals better by learning some of the most common Vietnamese food vocabulary so that you can order and have a simple idea of the food to expect. If you are up for that, then this language-learning guide we prepared for you will definitely help! Let's start learning!
Have a craving for Asian food? We cannot blame you as there is something truly special in this type of cuisine! But when it comes to soups, wraps, and healthy food, nothing beats the exquisite selection of mouthwatering dishes that Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. Unlike Western countries who enjoy chiến or fried food more than anything every single day, the Vietnamese people will surprise you with how well they can integrate rau sống (fresh vegetables), fresh herbs, and natural spices into the regular menu. For this reason, the country is one of the top travel destinations of many who also see themselves as vegetarians.
Some of the top vegetables that are almost always used in the Vietnamese menu include the rau mong (morning glory), rau mong toi (spinach), cai xanh (mustard green), dua guia (bean sprouts), and cai thia (bok choy). Interested to learn more words that you can use to describe Vietnamese food? Read on below!
Planning to go on a trip to Ho Chi Minh city and dining at an exclusive restaurant within the place? There's a huge chance that some of the restaurant menus will not have translations which is why learning comes of the common types of food is a must. After all, you do want to be stuck paying for food items you have no intention of ordering right?
|Soup||Canh / Súp|
|Vermicell/ Rice noodles||Bún|
|Primary dish||Món Ăn Chính|
|A la carte||Gọi theo món|
|Side dishes||Món Phụ|
Now that we know the basic parts of a restaurant menu in the Vietnamese languages, the second thing you might be wondering is what type of food to actually get, right? As a rule of thumb, do remember that the food in the country is not as spicy as you think. Instead, the locals enjoy the salted flavor and the powerful combination of salt, garlic, and peanut. So, if you are unsure of what to get, here are a few suggestions that will surely make you want to stay in Vietnam forever:
If you are feeling snacky, you can get:
If you want some appetizers:
If you want some filling meals:
If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth:
To help you navigate the restaurant menu better, we listed below some of the common food vocabularies along with the cooking styles that are unique to Vietnamese cuisine.
|cucumber||quả dưa chuột|
|steamed rice||sủi cảo|
Just like most Asian countries, the cuisine here is characterized by the use of gia vị or condiments to make the flavor even more powerful and punchy. Take note of the commonly used condiments listed in the table below.
|chili sauce||tương ớt|
|fish sauce||nước mấm|
|oyster sauce||sốt hàu|
|sesame oil||dầu mè|
|soy sauce||xì dầu|
Are you excited to try out the Vietnamese food suggestions we listed in this post? Well, trust us when we say that you will surely fall in love with the exquisite cuisine of Vietnam. As the saying goes, the best way to man's heart is through his stomach, right?
As we reach this part of the post, we hope that you were able to learn all the words and correct translations for the common food items and condiments in the Vietnamese language. If we were not able to include other food-related words, feel free to send it in the comment section down below, and we will get back to you in an instant. In the case that you enjoyed this post and figured that you would love to learn more about the cuisine of other countries, feel free to check out these previous posts like Filipino foods, budget-friendly and highly popular Thai food selections, and Chinese cuisine you surely do not want to miss out on.
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