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Vietnamese cuisine

Hue royal cuisine

By Ngọc Anh LêPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

The city is hosting international festivals to promote cultural diversity through enhancing colors, sounds, and aromas. I observed numerous women on the streets wearing brightly colored traditional attire, as I am a food enthusiast. I am eager to explore the potential connection between colors and cuisine in this gourmet journey. The variety of cuisines here, from cooking techniques to flavors, simple to complex, and of course, the diversity of colors in the dishes, impressed me the most. Imagine if these dishes were only black and white, how that would change the experience. As I ventured into a bookstore in the city center to find culinary books guiding the preparation of these vibrant dishes, I stumbled upon a book titled "The Art of Gourmet Cuisine" by a local chef. Flipping through the pages of the new Queen's culinary guide, I am soon to meet her in person to delve deeper into the vivid colors of the regional folk cuisine. Artis H, a renowned culinary expert in the city, has conducted various research projects on cuisine, especially the use of natural colors in this culinary landscape. The intimate and warm ambiance of SMY's small home was a fascinating experience. She even showed me images of dishes she created using natural food coloring. I was struck by the predominant purple hue in her creations. Many women I encountered throughout my journey wore purple, which sparked my immediate desire to revisit the bustling market I explored earlier, filled with a plethora of colorful fruits, the hues of which inspire local artists. In the fruit market by the riverbank, we sailed towards the city center, passing through enchanting and romantic waterways. The city's allure with its myriad of riverside boats ferrying visitors, occasionally spotting the vibrant purple attire and hearing the melodies of autumn songs. Holding a fruit and a tarot card with basic ingredients from the countryside, I am about to meet Ha, a seasoned chef of over 20 years, who will skillfully craft delicious and visually appealing dishes from her adept kitchen. Ha, the head chef at Hang Hotel, one of the city's premier establishments, known for hosting royal feasts for years, discovered that purple yam is a top favorite. Most notably, from the tarot deck's purple hues, not the fruit. Many dishes have origins similar to the fruit market, a specialty of this land. The purple yam and flour resemble the famous tomato soup in Poland, a dish our grandmothers used to make. The journey continues with the leaf-wrapped cake in Hong K Village, showcasing an alluring and captivating purple hue. There is something about this color here; it might be a simple white hue created using rice flour. However, why not turn it into a fun game and color it red, matching the vibrant tones in royal cards, temples, and royal structures? The striking red symbolizes power and pride of the dynasties following Eastern traditions. Red also symbolizes luck, happiness, health, and celebration. Another aspect easily observed is the widespread use of red and gold in building structures, symbolizing the supreme power of the monarchs. Although commoners and officials were banned from using yellow, the significance of using yellow in cuisine was explained by Miss New. Yellow represents kings, and being in the city of kings urged me to search for a street with golden hues. The most popular Vietnamese dish in the world, found on a small street in Chunwang, is a simple yellow noodle dish known as turmeric vermicelli. The elderly lady serving diligently prepared the dish for customers with just a few basic ingredients like mint and turmeric. Quickly ordering a bowl, the aromatic turmeric scent filled the air. This unique flavor, with the noodles and meat cooked in turmeric broth, not only has a yellow hue but also brings health benefits. Turmeric is a familiar spice, not only in Vietnam but also in other East Asian cultures, used for its vibrant yellow color, flavor enhancement, and health benefits. Turmeric is the main ingredient in turmeric noodles, known as B, where fresh turmeric is essential for a smooth texture. The fresh turmeric root is peeled, soaked in water to retain its color, then mashed or ground to ensure its quality in B.


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