'Van Am' (five colored meat balls) is a nice offering by Hanoians to their ancestors on the occasion of Tet (lunar New Year) festival. The dish is a version of the familiar Jelly pork in which pork paste is mixed with different colors to create multi-colored meat balls floating beautifully in a bowl.
In the chill of the northern mountainous regions, visitors travelling to markets of ethnic minority communities in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province may be attracted to hot round cakes decorated in green, black and white.
“Lau mam” is a southern specialty and an amazing marriage of preserved fish and hot-pot as well. Guests are certain to love it at the first sight due to the eye-catching beauty of large dishes of colourful vegetables and the favour of the broth, made from salted fish that is cooked until its meat and bone are separated, greasy and sweet-smelling.
Sour Shrimp is one of the most sought-after specialities of the old capital of Vietnam. When they first come to Hue and taste this dish, visitors from other regions must be really amazed and surprised.