vietnamese dinner: East side (Portland)

  • May 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of five fundamental taste elements (Vietnamese: ngũ vị) in the overall meal: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (Earth). Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauceshrimp pastesoy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes utilize lemongrassgingermintVietnamese mintlong corianderSaigon cinnamonbird's eye chililime and basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.

A typical meal for the average Vietnamese family

  • Large bowl/pot/cooker of steamed white rice
  • Fish/seafood, meat, tofu (grilled, boiled, steamed, stewed or stir-fried with vegetables)
  • stir-fry dish
  • Raw, pickled, steamed, or fresh vegetables
  • Canh (a clear broth with vegetables and often meat or seafood) or other soup
  • Prepared fish sauce for dipping, to which garlic, pepper, chili, ginger or lime juice are sometimes added according to taste.
  • Dipping sauces and condiments depending on the main dishes, such as pure fish sauce, ginger fish sauce, tamarind fish sauce, soy sauce, muối tiêu chanh (salt and pepper with lime juice) or muối ớt (chilli and salt).
  • Small dish of relishes, such as salted eggplant, pickled white cabbage, pickled papaya, pickled garlic or pickled bean sprouts
  • Fresh fruits or desserts, such as chè


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  • Sydney R.

    Well it's a good thing I invited my friend Roger who is a Sommelier and brought 3 extraordinary bottles of wine. Evie was the only other person who came. Her Saigon Green beans were fabulous and went beautifully with the Slow Braised Chicken in Green Peppercorns and Coconut Juice. Conversation was as great as the food - a wonderful evening.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    Hi all - this group is getting smaller and smaller ... What do you think? Do we still want to go ahead with it?

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a family mother's day thing

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm thinking of either green beans or an eggplant side dish.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    I am making a chicken dish and will provide white rice (unless we all prefer brown)

    May 6, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    Hi everyone - what are you all bringing???

    May 6, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    Thanks Jennifer - Sorry you won't be there!
    My address is 4125 SE 14th Ave, Portland.
    Turn off Milwaukee at Center between Holgate and Powell. Phone[masked]

    April 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi everyone, I will not be attending this event as I will be out of town. Sydney, you have the ability to send out emails and post your address on the site. You will need to let everyone know or give me the address to Post before May 3rd.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry "cake."

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have found a Vietnamese Honeycomb Cale which I will bake and bring. :)

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I am a baker/ dessert person I will try to come up with a yummy Vietnamese dessert. :)

    April 19, 2013

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