You'll enjoy Vietnamese food in this website all the more if you start thinking and eating like a Vietnamese person. A Vietnamese meal, unlike a Western meal, is rarely just a single dish. More often, it's a collection of dishes some served hot, others cool that contain a mixture of textures and employ a variety of cooking techniques
At home , I might pair a steamed whole fish or a clay pot with some
stir-fried greens, or maybe some fried chicken wings. Rice is often
served with the meal, but noodles usually come at the end , because they
are so filling that eating them at the start of the meal would ruin
your appetite. And though some dishes are served hot - like soups and
braises - other things, like noodles, rolls, and dumpling are
perfectly good at room temperature.
Many of the Vietnamese recipes in this book are suggested as part of a multicourse meal. Choose a few from a variety of chapters and you'll be well on your way to eating in the Vietnamese style.