If there was one thing linking north Vietnam to south Vietnam, it’s a love of home-style family cooking. Vietnamese dinners mean a lot. No matter where you’re from, what age or gender, or what your background is, dinners in this culture is a gathering not to be missed. Tantalizing Vietnamese dinners provided in restaurants from Vietnam to Canada still prominently emphasize this home cooking culture. In one of Toronto’s top Vietnam restaurants, TorontoPHO, we offer home-style cooking from all regions pulling from different dishes, differences, and cultures in celebration.
For those who haven’t eaten Vietnamese food before or who don’t regularly enjoy Vietnamese, they’re probably unfamiliar with how we divide our national cuisine. Although there are many philosophies that go into Vietnamese cooking, regionally speaking, there are 3 categories of eating. There’s rice-eating home-style cooking with pulls a lot from Chinese influenced meals. There’s what’s called ‘fun eating’ which involves eating outside the home and usually from French-influenced street vendors. Dishes like banh mi and pho fall into this category. Lastly, festive eating is what’s pulled out on celebrations such as weddings and New Year’s Day.
The heart and soul of all this is a fixation on family cooking. To eat with the family and converse, this is where and how we build connection generation to generation. Vietnamese pho is a great example of family cooking done right. For many makers of pho, especially those working from oral recipes passed down from generation to generation, it can take a full day to get the broth just right. After the pho is made, there’s then so much of it that it’s the sort of thing which is meant to be shared. No one makes pho just for themselves. It’s something every member of the family’s invited and expected to participate in and have.Read More