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The Differences Between Northern and Southern Vietnamese Cuisine  


Kaylin
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There are many differences between Northern and Southern Vietnamese cuisine, the most notable being the use of fresh herbs and vegetables in Northern Vietnamese cuisine versus soy sauce and fish sauce in Southern Vietnamese cuisine. Another difference is that Northern Vietnamese cuisine is typically less spicy than Southern Vietnamese cuisine. However, despite these differences, there are also many similarities between the two cuisines, such as the use of rice as a staple food. photo: Anna…

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I'm so glad someone wrote about this! I've always been curious about the difference between northern and southern Vietnamese cuisine. The two regions share a lot in common: rice, noodles, fish sauce. But there are some differences that are just so interesting.

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I agree with you, but I think it's important to note that this is a generalization. There are a lot of exceptions, and there are also many differences within each region. For example, in southern Vietnam, there are tons of different types of noodles that people eat on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the same is true for northern Vietnam

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I always considered northern dishes to be more vegetable forward and southern ones to be more protein forward. That seems to be the case from the places I have been and eaten at but it likely comes down to traditions. 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but I've heard that the difference between the north and south is that Northern food tends to be less spicy, while Southern food is spicier.

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@kikosan This is only true for certain dishes. You can find spicy food up north and not-so-spicy food down south just the same. 

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I think both are very similar in most cases. It is only certain dishes you will taste a difference. I think for the most part both areas use the same ingredients, vegetables, meats, and so on. 

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Very few differences, except that sea-food products are more frequent and cheaper in the South (for example, shrimps are very expensive in the north).It is true that they cook more spicy in the south, but, basically, Vietnamese food is not spicy.

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