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Vietnamese cuisine is known for its common use of fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes use many vegetables, herbs and spices, including lemon grass, lime, and kaffir lime leaves. Throughout all regions of Vietnam, the emphasis is always on serving fresh vegetables and/or fresh herbs as side dishes along with dipping sauce. The Vietnamese also have a number of Buddhist vegetarian dishes. The most common meats used in Vietnamese cuisine are pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, cockles and various kinds of seafood. Duck and goat are used less widely.

Vietnamese cuisine can be basically divided into three categories, each pertaining to a specific region. With northern Vietnam being the cradle of Vietnamese civilization, many of Vietnam's most famous dishes (such as phở and bánh cuốn) have their birthplace in the North. The North's cuisine is more traditional and more strict in choosing spices and ingredients. The cuisine of South Vietnam has been influenced by the cuisines of southern Chinese immigrants, and thus Southerners prefer sweet flavors in many dishes. As a new land, the South's cuisine is more exotic and liberal, using many herbs. The cuisine of Central Vietnam is quite different from the cuisines of both the Northern and Southern regions in its use of many small side dishes, and also its distinct spiciness when compared to its counterparts.

(food accompanying alcoholic beverages) Exotic meats such as snake, Trionychida |soft-shell turtle]], and domestic goat(goat) are enjoyed almost exclusively while drinking alcoholic beverages, and are not considered typical everyday fare.

Hột vịt lộn is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is typically served with fresh herbs: (rau răm or Vietnamese coriander), salt, and pepper; lime juice is another popular additive, when available.

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