As a tourism destination, Vietnam food has been one of the most seductive and varied all over the world and brought a wonderful influence in the areas more than several decades. However, one of the most amazing aspects is that there are more and more people who decide to learn and study about Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese food is widely voted as the healthiest dishes’ listed all around the world by a great number of famous chefs.
While enjoying your Vietnam culinary tour with your family and friends, you will easily find out that the cuisine of this country has been influenced by some neighbor countries surrounding, in particular, China. But the brightest highlights of Vietnam cuisine are the harmony of the variety of flavors and fresh ingredients. You will certainly find the great balance in the flavors of bitter, sour, spicy and salty of the food while you are experiencing your Vietnam food tour. The dishes tend to be lighter, fresh and less spicy which is quite similar to other neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Thailand. A typical meal of Vietnamese people usually consists of rice, a vegetable dish, a bowl of soup, grilled, steamed or boiled meats, salad and fresh fruits as deserts. Especially, all of these are placed on the table at once. In particular, Vietnamese Pickled Mustard Greens (Dưa Muối) is seriously considered as one of the most important dishes that is indispensable in a traditional meal. Now follow this article and get more detailed information about this popular dish to make your food tours in Vietnam more complete.
An important dish in Vietnamese family’s meal
Vietnamese Pickled Mustard Greens
Vietnamese Pickled Mustard Greens or Dưa muối or Cải chua is one common type of traditional pickles of Vietnamese culture. You may not find those dishes on any menus of Vietnamese restaurants; however, they are made and served in every Vietnamese family and in every meal. Pickled Mustard Greens is a perfect choice to eat together with a lot of salty homemade dishes such as braised and caramelized pork belly with hard-boiled eggs (thịt kho trứng) and braised and caramelized catfish in a clay pot (cá kho tộ). In Northern Vietnam, locals commonly eat this dish with jellied meat (thịt đông) – a traditional and popular dish usually cooked in winter.
Pickled Mustard Greens is absolutely one of the dishes you should not miss out when you have your Vietnam food tour. As it is your first time mustering up all of your courage to try this dish, it actually has a lot of fun. It has various textures, is less pungent and crunchy which make this dish seriously fun to enjoy. In fact, some people like eating the leaves while some only prefer the crunchier branches. As a result, each big jar of pickled mustard greens in every Vietnamese family is different depending on their tastes.
Additionally, pickled mustard greens with its sour, spicy and a little pungent flavor also make a great accompaniment to many other countries’ cuisine, for example, grilled sausage, fried fish, Cajun-style seafood, rice and meatballs and even some noodle soups of Korean and Chinese. What’s more, you can also add pickled mustard greens into pork or beef bone soup to make a great flavor that you only can find in Vietnam tailor-made tours.
Vietnamese pickled mustard greens
There are a lot of things to remember when you want to make home-made Vietnamese pickled mustard greens.
Firstly, how to choose perfect mustard greens for your pickling recipes? The answer is that you should pick matured mustard green which has more stems than other younger ones. The older ones will contain less water, has amazingly stronger taste, and are much crunchier.
In addition, it is very important to carefully prepare the container jars. You can use an Earthenware jar or a glass one, but remember to soak it into extremely hot waters or especially boiling water for about ten minutes. And then, drain and put it aside. One more thing is that you need to use water free and oil-free tools while taking out some of the pickled mustard greens. In particular, all the mustard green must be soaked carefully and cleanly in the water. These steps help you keep you pickled mustard greens fresh for a longer time which can even up to be several months.
You can make this dish at home
It seemed to be a little weird when you see pickled mustard greens for the first time in your Vietnam food tour. However, do not worry, give it a try and you will definitely like it.