One of the most satisfying experiences about a holiday to Vietnam has to be eating the amazing food. From high end restaurants to the ubiquitous street food stalls Vietnamese food is justifiably up there with best in the world. As well as being sumptuously tasty Vietnamese cuisine is also incredibly interesting, and this is mainly because every dish is built around the concept of aiming to balance the five fundamental tastes people are receptive to, and appeal to each of them.

The philosophy of the five basic tastes correlates to other philosophies in Vietnamese culture, and means that although the dishes you can experience vary a lot and are different in different parts of Vietnam, the principle of five is at the core of the design of all traditional Vietnamese meals and flavours.

What Are the Five Fundamental Tastes Used in Vietnamese Food?

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Contrary to popular belief, not all Asian cuisine is intensely spicy. Of course, there are many spicy dishes that originate from Asia but there are also many mild foods that won’t make your mouth burn with heat. Whether you are travelling with kids who are picky eaters or you are sensitive to spice, there will still be plenty of yummy foods you can try in Asia.

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