Most people come to the assumption that Vietnamese and Thai food are the same when in fact, they’re different in many ways. So what’s the difference?
Vietnamese food is influenced more by Chinese and French cuisines. When compared to Thai food, it is the sweeter version between the two. A typical Vietnamese meal is served at once with everyday dishes to share. White rice and noodles are always the bases of the meals.
Most meals include a main dish, stir-fry, and both soup to complete. A traditional favorite is a light, raw salad with beef or shrimp or vegetables. The original flavors of Vietnamese food come from mint leaves, ginger, basil, garlic, rice vinegar, lemon grass, fish sauces, coriander and shrimp.
Vietnamese food isn’t as rich as Thailand’s heavy coconut milk curry. In fact, their main dishes are both based in clear noodle soups. While fish and seafood have a strong foundation of the Vietnamese diet, meats such as chicken, pork, and beef are also common in small quantities. Marinated fish or meat is usually sautéed with raw herbs and vegetables.
You will always find vegetables in every meal, from stir-fry to salads and soups. Each meal is usually eaten with rice or a lettuce leaf.
Thai food is known for their brilliant taste, texture, and color that come from fresh fruits and vegetables. The rich flavorings of chili, garlic and onions pair well with coconut cream, coriander, curry, basil, kaffir lime, mint, fish sauce, tamarind and lemon grass.
It is influenced more on its neighboring countries including Laos, China, Burma, Cambodia, and India – especially for their various curry dishes. Thai food is based on combining the five flavors of sweet, sour, hot, bitter and salty.
While Vietnamese dishes are eaten with chopsticks, Thai food is often eaten with a fork, spoon, and knife.