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Cheers!: Drinking in Vietnam. Mot, Hai, Ba, YOOOO!!!!!

Cheers!: Drinking in Vietnam

In all the countries that I have visited so far, everyone has their own phrase they say when toasting. In China, when you clink your glasses together, you say, “Gan Bei!” Which literally translates to dry glass or in other words, bottoms up! Busting Banh Mi Myths (Why the bread is not key!) It had been over fifteen years since I’d talked to my cousin Solange.

Busting Banh Mi Myths (Why the bread is not key!)

Our last conversation was basic, full of minimal niceties exchanged at her wedding which included ballroom dancers, videographers, and tables weighed down by Chinese food and bottles of 7-Up and Martell (prime Viet wedding beverages to be mixed into an unusual tea of sorts). Last Sunday’s event was rather somber, her father’s giỗ -- an annual memorial gathering to commemorate a family member’s death. Her dad was my father’s older brother and my parents asked us to attend with them to show our respects. Among the first things out of Solange’s mouth was praise for my cookbooks. She said that Into the Vietnamese Kitchen had made her a god cook. “Banh mi is hard. But Solange’s response was not uncommon. Given those two recent conversations, I thought I’d take some time out to dispel common banh mi myths and misunderstandings.

Vietnamese Table Manners. My parents raised us with a moderately-high level of formality.

Vietnamese Table Manners

Whenever there were guests in the house, we were paraded in front of them, made to stand in a row and bow. If we visited other people’s homes, we were expected to be quiet and polite, no matter how bored we got. When I misbehaved at the table, my mother would put a very very firm grip on my leg to convey her disapproval. With five children in our family, there was plenty of horsing around. However, we had to don our public faces when appropriate. The photo above is of the grandson of a friend of my mother's. Having lived in America for most of my life, the manners from my childhood have relaxed over the years.

Polishing chopsticks at a restaurant – When eating out at a Vietnamese restaurant, one of the first things I do is grab some chopsticks and rub them with a paper napkin to make sure that they’re clean. Vietnam. Welcome to our guide to Vietnam.


This is useful for anyone researching Vietnamese culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Vietnam on business, for a visit or even hosting Vietnamese colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Vietnamese people you may meet! Facts and Statistics.


Phu Quoc. Hoi An. Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches. Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait.

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you navigate the overwhelming amount of choices. Nha Trang Pin this image Nha Trang coast by J Y White. The heavyweight champion of Vietnam, Nha Trang has been knocking out visitors for years. Mui Ne Pin this image Mui Ne Beach by Mark (LP). Set on a seductive swathe of sand, Mui Ne is an absolute charmer with swaying palms and towering dunes. Phu Quoc Pin this image Phu Quoc by Mark (LP). Simply the most beautiful island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white sand beaches and cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle.

Con Dao The Con Dao islands have been protected from over-exposure by their isolated location off the coast. My Khe/Cua Dai Pin this image China beach by @Saigon. Taste testing Vietnam's cuisine. Travel for just a week in Vietnam and you’ll realise how few of its gastronomic specialities see the light of day beyond its borders.

Taste testing Vietnam's cuisine

Every region lays claim to unique edible delights – well-known classics such as northern pho, Hue imperial banquet fare, and southern salad rolls are just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Bun Rieu Cua Thank the northern knack for turning humble ingredients into something sublime for this crustacean-flavoured soup. It’s made from paddy crabs, packed with tomato chunks, green onions and bun (rice vermicelli), and capped with a floater of sautéed crab fat. Some cooks add bean curd and oc (large snails, in which case the dish is called bun rieu cua oc). Vietnam: Important Phrases. Pronunciations can vary significantly within Vietnam, especially northern vs. southern. there are 3 dialects north, central and south.

Vietnam: Important Phrases

Age of the person you talking too in relation you is important to note in vietnam, a complex system of words is used to addres people. however sticking to general word like 'xin' and 'ban' will help you avoid that. (English - Vietnamese - phonetic pronuniation) 1. Hello! - Xin chao! 2. Trung Nguyen Vietnam Gourmet Coffee TN Online Shop.