Typical Vietnamese Family Meal

May 25, 2017

For Vietnamese, the family meal is one of our traditional values, customs, and etiquettes of the ancestors. Since the ancient time, it has become a very familiar thing whenever we go far away, we think about it with high regards.

Since everyone is busy for working or studying, dinner is the main meal which is an intangible string to connect family member together and opportunities for them to share a meal and talk together. 

It is Vietnamese tradition to share food while eating. Thus each member has their own bowl of steam rice and taking food from the common dish. A typical meal usually includes a dish of meat, a dish of vegetable and a bowl of broth. For example one dish of stewed pork, steamed chicken or fried fish; one dish of boiled or stir-fried vegetable and one bowl of broth. 

There is a lot of etiquette for a typical Vietnamese meal that we have to follow. You have to wait until all members sit down to start the meal. And then, the younger must invite the elders to eat first and the women sit right next to the rice pot to serve rice for other people. They also pick up food for each other as an action of care. Furthermore, Vietnamese people have to eat in a slim and polite. 

Family meal is significant to us – Vietnamese people which do appreciate the period of family union. It remains itself traditional values that all of the generation have to preserve carefully.

Sources: vietnamonline.com, vietnamesefood.com.vn 

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