What do people eat in Vietnam?

Diet

Rice is the staple food of Vietnam. A fermented fish sauce called nuoc mam is the main seasoning used to flavor dishes; special foods are also dipped in it. Vietnamese cuisine is famous for a wide variety of dishes and features excellent seafood. Spring rolls, summer rolls, and steamed or fried rolls with varied fillings are used in different seasons and for special occasions.

Mealtime

The Vietnamese use rice bowls and chopsticks for the majority of meals. Eating from a rice bowl that is on the table is considered lazy. Rice bowls are held in ones hand. Food is placed on dishes in the center of the table from which each person helps themselves. However, people older than oneself and their children are served first. Often, beverages are not served until after the meal. Mats are traditionally used as bed, couch and dining table.



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