Traditional Dhivehi Cuisine – Food culture of Maldives

The stunning archipelago of the Maldives may always be associated with gin -clear water, swaying palms fringing sparkling stretches of pristine shores, but it definitely has more to it, namely its spicy and flavoursome cuisine!

 

Fish

Unsurprisingly fresh fish is the star ingredient in the Maldivian cuisine , especially their tuna. The island nation is home to a wide variety of tuna species such as skipjack tuna yellow fin tuna among others. The fish is prepared in a myriad of ways such as by smoking, grilling and cooking. Visitors can try deliciously prepared tuna dishes at many a restaurant in Maldives by hotels such as Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas while there.

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Coconuts

Known as kurumba in the local language, coconuts are quite literally everywhere and happens to be a vital part of the native cuisine and culture. It has also been declared as the country’s national tree.

 

Starches

Another staple ingredient used here , are starches. Some favorites include taro, sweet potatoes and cassava which are either ground into flour or eaten boiled or steamed.

 

Specialty Dishes

Some must try specialty dishes include the garudhiya, a Maldivian fish soup which is served hot with plenty of chilies, lime and rice. Another must eat include, kuhi boakiba which are delicious fish cakes prepared with smoked tuna and served at special occasions.

 

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Tantalizing Vietnamese Treats for the Tongue – Treats that delight

Be it spicy, sweet, sour or even bitter, Vietnamese cuisine has a touch of all these elements of taste. Let’s take a culinary journey that will tell you about enticing dishes to satisfy the foodie side of you.

 

Pho

Since this is one of the highlights of Vietnamese dishes, the delicacy can be found in normal eateries or even fine dining restaurants such as those in many a resort in Mui Ne. The typical Pho included all beef slices, meatballs and beef flank garnished with aromatic herbs and lime wedges with rice noodles.

Banh Mi

This particular dish has a French touch to it as well. It is more or less a simple snack with yummy greens and your choice of meats, fish or egg sandwiched in a crispy toasted French baguette with pickled vegetables.

Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancakes)

This is not just your regular crepe, instead, this pancake is made of rice flour, coconut milk and turmeric. The filling, again, can be your choice of meats, prawns or egg and vermicelli. This too is quite a heavy but yummy snack to have while exploring the streets of Vietnam!

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Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls)

This is a delicate dish served in hotels such as Anantara Mui Ne Resort. This delight is a wrap made with rice paper which contains thin vermicelli, pork slices, shrimp, basil and lettuce. Goi Cuon is usually served with a special dip.

 

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Weird Vietnamese dishes you should try – A unique culinary experience!

Food culture in Vietnam is diverse and vibrant and it is home to some of the most flavorful dishes in the world. The country’s cuisine also has a plethora of food items that will delight the adventurous souls. Read on to know about some of them.

The coconut beetle-larva

Coconut beetle-larva | Image Credit - Forest and Kim Starr, Starr, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Coconut beetle-larva | Image Credit – Forest and Kim Starr CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Fret not! This is a popular and totally safe dish to try in Vietnam and it is even being served in many luxury hotels and resorts across the country. Coconut beetle-larvae usually lives in the stems of coconut trees and they grow as big as the thumb of an adult. The beetles are served alive with fish sauce and are told to be delicious.

Blood pudding

Tiết canh | Image Credit - Petr & Bara Ruzicka CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tiết canh | Image Credit – Petr & Bara Ruzicka CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Known by the locals as Tiet Canh, this is a dish made from animal blood. It is made by adding Fish sauce or diluted salt water to the blood to avoid premature coagulation, along with copped innards. The dish is then served with toasted peanuts, and herbs such as mint, lemon etc.

Nem Chua (Vietnamese Fermented Pork Roll)

Nem Chua | Image Credit - Rungbachduong at Vietnamese Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Nem Chua | Image Credit – Rungbachduong at Vietnamese Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Nem Chua is a Vietnamese food that is loved by many. It is made of fresh pork or beef with a kind of Vietnamese spice called thính, garlic and thinly chopped chillies. The mix is then allowed to ferment for three days and served with chilli or fish sauce.

Fermented Shrimp Paste

This is a signature ingredient rather than a dish. This is basically a paste made of fermented shrimp meat and salt. During the fermenting process, a particular enzyme in the meat brings in a distinctive flavour for this paste. Having an important role in Vietnam cuisine, you can see it being added to food items at many eateries. If you wish to know more about this and many other ingredients you can pay a visit to spice spoons kitchens at a property in Vietnam belonging to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas where they will even teach you how to cook some of the signature dishes in Vietnam.

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