Vietnamese names of dishes



  • Apart from one of two names left over from the french occupation, Vietnamese dishes rarely have names in the western style such as cottage pie, boeuf bourguignonne and the like. Rather they list the ingredients and the cooking methods using the linking words voi (with) and va (and). For example (thit ga) (tron) voi (buoi) is (sliced chicken) (mixed) with (grapefruit), and (rau thom) va (xa) is (mint) and lemon grass.