A Basic Introduction to Vietnamese Food
What makes Vietnamese food special? Some would call Vietnamese food simple, and it typically is, but never boring. Despite the varied landscape of Vietnam, all of the food came back to that balance of herbs, heat, sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and the all-powerful fish sauce. As with other southeast Asian cuisines, it's all about the yin and yang; the sweet and salty, the cooling and heating, the fresh and fermented.
From Ezin Rimmer - Asianeats.com