Pineapple is a tropical plant grown in many regions of the country. During the summer, the pineapple ripens everywhere, almost simultaneously.
In the regions of North Viet Nam, Northwest Viet Nam, and the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, the ethnic monorities have a custom of drinking can calcohol at New Year's festivities, new rice festivities, village festivities, etc.
As in other countries, during festivities and meetings between friends and relatives, Vietnamese people ordinarily drink alcohol.
Since long ago, tea has been planted in Viet Nam. Tea is dear to the Vietnamese people as coffee is to the European people.
Every autumn, around September and Octorber, when the cool north-westerly wind brings a cold dew, the sticky rice ears bend themselves into arches waiting for ripe grains because these rice grains are at their fullest and the rice-milk is already concentrated in the grains, predicing that the com season has arrived.
In the past, a vegetarian diet was a distinctive requirement of Buddhist monks and Buddhist followers. Since then, a vegetarian diet has been adopted by a great number of people who think that it can cure illnesses, such as high blood pressure and obesity.
Mon cuon are mainly eaten in Central Viet Nam and in the South.
Banh xeo is a speciality of the South. The main ingredient is rice flour mixed with coconut essence, turmeric powder, and some other ingredients.
According to lengend, King Hung wanted to choose one son to succeed the throne.
By itself, the name “silky lean meat paste” evokes thoughts of the silky aspect of this speciality.
Nem ran (called cha gio in the South) existed much before cha ca (grilled chopped fish).
The reputation of this dish is such that one Ha Noi Street had its name changes to Cha Ca Street about 100 years ago, at the time, some might say, that the Ha Noi grilled chopped fish originated.
Ordinary rice paddy is soaked in water until it become soft; then it is ground into a very thin paste.
In recent years, Vietnamese clerks have been eating lunch at their office cafeterias. There are many restaurants in the city, in the neighbourhood of public offices in particular.
Bun, a kind of rice vermicelli, is at the same time both a luxurious and a popular food in Viet Nam.