Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki are nowadays very popular. There was a time when people think about Asian food, they think about Chinese, Thai or Indian ones. I remember I always told my friends our Vietnamese food is so good, and I don’t know how to promote our amazing cuisine to Finnish people. Over the last three years, I have seen a growing trend for Vietnamese food in Helsinki. I have seen more and more opening of Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki. I have heard many compliments from international friends about Vietnamese food and Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki. I am very happy and proud.
Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki – What make Vietnamese food so delicious?
Vietnamese food is famous for its flavors, lightness and beauty. Many believe that it comes from the multiculral history of Vietnam. Vietnamese food gets influence from the two greatest cuisines in the world: France and China. Besides, thanks to abundant sources of cooking ingredients, Vietnamese cuisine uses a combination of flavors by using a lot of herbs and spices. The flavor is always unique. Vietnamese cuisine has tendency to combine salty, bitter, sour and sweet flavors.
The “ying-yang” philosophy and five elements of Vietnamese food
Yes, I believe that everything including food has its philosophy. The yin represents the group of those that like liquid, humid, cold, passive, interior, sky, moon, night, water, winter. Meanwhile, the yang symbolizes those that of solid, hot, active, exterior, earth, sun, fire, summer. With yin and yang, the universal equilibrium for those naturally created things is created.
The five elements of yin-yang in Vietnamese food include: hot – fire, warm – wood, cold – water, fresh – metal, and temperate – earth. These elements are usually taken into account when combining ingredients and creating Vietnamese food recipes.
I like this saying in a Vietnamese food show “Eating is not just for filling stochmach, but more importantly for taking care of your health”. Therefore, Vietnamese food is also used as an effective medicine to cure dysfuctions caused by the loss of yin-yang balance in the human body. We believe that when a human organ is too yin, it will cause a slowdown in physical metabolism; for example, having cold, slow heartbeats, etc. If it is too yang, you will feel hot or fast heartbeats, etc. It is interesting when my Finnish friend was very surprised when I often eat some sour fruits or watermelon with salt. In yin-yang concept, the salty food belongs to Yang and the sour and sweet one belongs to Yin. So that explains ^^
Vietnamese people have a culture of gathering, cooking and enjoying the food together. Unlike the western culture of coffee and cake for meeting up at home, the Vietnamese normally expect real food on the table when receiving a home invitation. In addition, the Vietnamese have community eating culture. On the dining table, there are cooked rice, soup and fish sauce for everyone to share. The food likes meat or cereals are sliced into small pieces so that everyone can take them easily. Only the soup has one separate spoon for you to take soup. Other foods are taken with own chopsticks. There are no separate fork or anything for each dish so everyone can use to take food. I remember this once caused my Finnish friends confusion because they did not know how they took the food with the given chopsticks.
HUB Asian Fair 2017
Looking for Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki? At the Travel and Food Trade Fair on September 30, 2017, we promote Vietnamese restaurants in Helsinki to international friends. We offer discount coupons so you can have opportunities to taste authentic Vietnamese food at these restaurants. You can find more information about the event here. There is still time for registration to take part in this event.
Interested to talk with us at the fair? Easily contact us in advance here.