Discover out more about the Vietnam Curry | SaigonWalks

Discover out more about the Vietnam Curry | SaigonWalks

Discover out more about the Vietnam Curry | SaigonWalks

When thinking about curry, India often comes to mind as the origin of the dish. However, curry has different variations and flavors across countries. In Vietnam, curry has been influenced by Indian cuisine, and it continues to bring joy to people through its unique taste. This dish brings people closer together, reflecting the cultural exchange between the two countries.

What is curry?

The term "Curry" originates from the Tamil word "kari," which means "sauce." These dishes are often served with options of meat, tofu, or vegetables.

With thousands of variations present in India and across the world, curries showcase a diverse range of flavors and consistencies. These differences are shaped by the unique ingredients found in each region, as well as cultural and religious preferences. When creating a curry dish, one can choose from a spectrum of options, including non-spicy to fiery-hot, based on their desired level of spiciness.

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The history of "curry"

The history of "Curry" is rich, with this Eastern cuisine staple being widely loved by people of all races and nationalities. Despite its ubiquitousness, the exact beginning of curry remains a mystery.

However, historical records show that the use of spices in sauces to enhance meat flavor dates as far back as 2500 BC in the city of Mohenjo-Daro.

The dissemination of Ca ri to different parts of Asia and Europe can be traced back to Indian monks who traveled the Silk Road. Over the years, the flavor of Curry has been shaped by various cultural impacts, such as the arrival of chili peppers in India through Spanish and Portuguese explorers and the introduction of Indian curries to Japan by the British.

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Curry in Vietnam 

Curry in Vietnam has become a beloved dish, adapted with a few flavor modifications to suit local tastes. However, the central ingredient in this dish remains a mixture of garam masala spices including cloves, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and red pepper. This blend is commonly referred to as curry powder, and it is a staple ingredient in Vietnamese cooking. The dish is typically prepared with coconut milk, sweet potato, and red radish to create a balance of flavors, with a moderate level of richness. Chicken or duck are often used as the main protein source, resulting in a curry that is not overly spicy. Served with either vermicelli or bread, this dish is a tantalizing treat for the taste buds.

In Vietnam, curry is more than just a dish. It is a concept and cultural category with a rich and diverse heritage, constantly evolving under the influence of cultural trends. This demonstrates the cultural openness of Vietnam, showcasing its ability to embrace integration while still preserving its core cultural values.

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