Tips For Ordering Vietnamese Food

Few culture’s cuisines are as of venerable antiquity as the Vietnamese. Its dishes consist of a singularly unique blend of French cooking with food from the Far East. However, as with any cuisine, some of the dishes are healthier than others. The calorie-conscious consumer ought to know the difference between the filling versus the merely fattening. 

Avoiding Fried And Fatty Vietnamese Foods

According to one study, excessive consumption of fried foods is associated with increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In a long-term study examining the eating patterns of men and women over a period of 25 years, it was found that those who ate fried food at least once a week were at greater risk of both illnesses. Those who ate fried foods 4-6 times a week exhibited a 39 percent increased risk of diabetes, and those who ate fried foods more than seven times a week were at a 55 percent increased risk.

In light of this, if you have a hankering for shrimp, it is more advisable to go after the canh chua tom (spicy and sour shrimp soup) than the banh michien voitom (fried shrimp toast). Those looking for a spring roll ought to likewise choose goi cuon (fresh spring roll) over cha gio (fried spring rolls).

As with fried foods, food with high levels of saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease. These fats cause LDL, the cholesterol levels which contribute to heart disease, to rise. It also contributes to weight gain and obesity. Since pork has a great deal of saturated fat, you may be better off eating ca hap (steamed whole fish) than oy Heo xao chua ngot (sweet and sour pork).

Vietnamese Dessert Without Disaster

Finally, just because you want to avoid the calories does not mean that you have to necessarily skimp on the sweets. Coconut flan with caramel (banh dua ca ra) is a favorite among the Vietnamese. While it is quite tasty, its ingredients are quick to pack on the calories. Its combination of milk, eggs and sugar can quickly cause a bulge in the belly. Instead, opt for the no less delicious lychee (fruit in syrup). This yummy Asian fruit has all the sugar you could ask for in a dessert. Rather than constituting merely empty calories, however, lychee has a very high vitamin C content, making it great for protecting against and fighting colds and infections.