A few months back a new restaurant opened in our area, a Vietnamese one. Having never tried this style of cuisine before my friends and I decided to give it a go. I couldn’t believe the taste sensations and I can honestly say I have never tasted food quite like it. I asked the owner about the ingredients they use and he assured me that, where possible, they use natural and organic ingredients. He also suggested that I visit Vietnam if I wanted to sample the real thing.
A Foodies Trip to Vietnam
So my friends and I did a little research and found a fantastic travel company that arrange Vietnam holidays. Imagine my delight when I discovered that they did a tour package called Culinary Delights of Vietnam – we booked straight on to it.
We thought it was just going to be a tour around markets and a few demonstrations and tastings of local cuisine so you can imagine how we felt when we learned we would be doing the cooking! First off though, we needed to learn what ingredients were used.
The range of different crops grown and used in Vietnamese cuisine is amazing. We learnt that they only use organic food and only use natural foods for coloring. Some of the locally grown crops that they – and we – used are:
- Sweet potatoes
They also grow things like tea, coffee and sugarcane as well as cotton and Jute.
I can honestly say that every ingredient that went into the dishes we prepared and others that we sampled were completely organic and, for those who say that organic food is tasteless, I beg you to visit a country like Vietnam and see how it’s done. Better still, grown – you can’t beat the taste of home-grown vegetables and at least you know what you are eating.
Prepared properly, organic and natural foods have more flavour – more real flavour that doesn’t rely on added ingredients to make it taste good. It’s all in the preparation and you can produce the healthiest and tastiest meals known to mankind if you just prepare the ingredients right.