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    Default What is the difference between chinese, vietnamese, and thai cuisine?

    When it comes to Chinese cuisine, there’s a whole lot of variety within itself, mostly based on the culture and what types of spices are available in the various regions in China. Even in chilli sauce alone can vary rather distictly from one province to another.
    I cannot say much about Vietnamese cuisine as I haven’t had much experience with it.
    Thai…hmm…curry’s a big thing, and it comes in a lot of variety too, with different degrees of spiciness and the main ingredients (fish, beef or chicken) Personally I don’t think Thai and Chinese are similar, for one thing: Thai cuisine uses quite a bit of coconut milk, whereas it’s not the case in any Chinese cuisine. The common denominator: rice as staple food in almost three meals a day.
    Korean and Japanese…might be similar in ingredients but rather different in spices. Traditional Japanese cuisine are light in flavour/taste, whereas Korean cuisine tends to lean on the spicy side of the spectrum. Also, in terms of presentation, Japanese cuisine also puts in a lot of effort in its presentation of a set meal, makes uses of small bowls and rectangular trays to separate each small dish on the main tray for the set meal. They also stand out as “small in amount, but highly aesthetic” in presentation. I’d say this is the most significance that sets Japanese cuisine aside from all the above mentioned cuisines in Asia. Most of the others, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean etc all prefer to mix things together when they cook.
    The reason why one might find similarities between Chinese cuisine and the others is the history behind each region. The Chinese was a great empire in the 19th and 20th century, and exported lots of spices to places around it. The commerce too, meant people were travelling around a lot, and had the chance to try different cuisines when in a new place. When they found it exotic and likable, they’d try to “bring it back home”, be it spices or methods of cooking. That’s how the Chinese cuisine has an influence on all Asian cuisines, to a variation of extent.


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    HI,
    You have defined it well the difference between veitnam and chinese foods...
    I love veitnam foods specially the fish is lovely there..
    Thanks

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    I think they're very similar. And they use pretty much the same ingredients. Just wanted to know your options.

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    Vietnam and Thai are more or less show some similarities but Chinese is entirely different and most of the interior part of Chinese villages will be the same as that of Vietnam and Thai. The most lovable foods are Vietnamese and Thai for me.

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    Well,
    Your explanations about difference between chinese, vietnamese, and thai cuisine is really nice and helpful to understand easily.
    Thanks for this informational post.

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    Traditional Japanese cuisine are light in flavour/taste, whereas Korean cuisine tends to lean on the spicy side of the spectrum.

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    I've never had Vietnamese food but there definitely is a clear taste and look different between Chinese and Thai food. I would assume that Thai and Vietnamese are somewhat similar....?

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    I think there are many differences between Chinese and Vietnamese food. I am Vietnamese and am fairly aware of Vite food. but as for Chinese, i can only speak of the restaurant experience.

    in my opinion, Chinese food has this immediacy and efficiency to their cooking. everything is cooked fast, and everything can be cooked in a wok, at once. so Chinese food is mostly fried or stir fried (in most cases).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspireyoureverymile View Post
    When it comes to Chinese cuisine, there’s a whole lot of variety within itself, mostly based on the culture and what types of spices are available in the various regions in China. Even in chilli sauce alone can vary rather distictly from one province to another.

    I cannot say much about Vietnamese cuisine as I haven’t had much experience with it.
    Thai…hmm…curry’s a big thing, and it comes in a lot of variety too, with different degrees of spiciness and the main ingredients (fish, beef or chicken) Personally I don’t think Thai and Chinese are similar, for one thing: Thai cuisine uses quite a bit of coconut milk, whereas it’s not the case in any Chinese cuisine. The common denominator: rice as staple food in almost three meals a day.

    Korean and Japanese…might be similar in ingredients but rather different in spices. Traditional Japanese cuisine are light in flavour/taste, whereas Korean cuisine tends to lean on the spicy side of the spectrum. Also, in terms of presentation, Japanese cuisine also puts in a lot of effort in its presentation of a set meal, makes uses of small bowls and rectangular trays to separate each small dish on the main tray for the set meal. They also stand out as “small in amount, but highly aesthetic” in presentation. I’d say this is the most significance that sets Japanese cuisine aside from all the above mentioned cuisines in Asia. Most of the others, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean etc all prefer to mix things together when they cook.

    The reason why one might find similarities between Chinese cuisine and the others is the history behind each region. The Chinese was a great empire in the 19th and 20th century, and exported lots of spices to places around it. The commerce too, meant people were travelling around a lot, and had the chance to try different cuisines when in a new place. When they found it exotic and likable, they’d try to “bring it back home”, be it spices or methods of cooking. That’s how the Chinese cuisine has an influence on all Asian cuisines, to a variation of extent.
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    I am Vietnamese and am fairly aware of Vite food. but as for Chinese, i can only speak of the restaurant experience.

    in my opinion, Chinese food has this immediacy and efficiency to their cooking. everything is cooked fast, and everything can be cooked in a wok,

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