Vietnamese food is known for its distinct use of fresh, fragrant and aromatic flavours. There is a balance of sweet and sour, spicy and cooling, fresh and salty flavours. The food in the north of Vietnam is influenced by neighbouring China. Stir fries and noodle soups are common. Towards the south, food becomes sweeter, and mixes flavours from Cambodia and Thailand.
The Mekong Delta in the south, aptly named the “the rice bowl” of Vietnam, is incredibly fertile, with a tropical climate, sustaining more rice paddies and coconut groves.