In this article, you will find lots of common Vietnamese words for food, eating, and cooking. There are also many useful words that you can learn for everyday use.
Here is an overview of what we are going to learn:
To get you started, below are some must-know Vietnamese words about eating.
A normal complete Vietnamese meal consists of 4 dishes: món cơm (rice), món canh (soup), món mặn (savory), and món rau (vegetables).
Let's see some other common foods that Vietnamese people have in the meals.
On the menu, you may find the same ingredient, let's say thịt — meat, being cooked using different techniques.
For example, thịt luộc, thịt kho, or thịt quay. So let's learn to differentiate them!
Take note that some of these words can be both a verb and an adjective.
Sometimes when you are at the restaurant, you might find missing utensils on your table, oftentimes spoon and chopsticks.
In that case, you can use the following pattern to request something:
CHO + pronoun + amount + (classifier) + item
Cho anh - hai cái muỗng
Give me - 2 spoons (cái is a classifier for objects in general)
Cho em - một đôi đũa
Give me - 1 pair of chopsticks (đôi is a classifier for "pair")
So here are some common tableware that you can learn:
Here are essential words to help you describe the flavors and taste of the food.
The following words are good to know if you want to buy common Vietnamese seasonings at the supermarket. Also great to read recipes in Vietnamese!
To help you understand Vietnamese cooking recipes, here are some words that Vietnamese people use for measuring food quantity.
You cannot miss out on this word list if you need to understand cooking instructions in Vietnamese!
Need to buy some kitchen appliances and tools? Here are some common ones that you may need!
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