Water spinach- morning glory (Rau Muong)
Water spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam as the tropical climate creates favorable conditions for its growth and the veggie does not require much care. Water spinach has become an integral ingredient in some Vietnamese cuisines such as sautéed garlic spinach. In the south, morning glory is often chopped into thin chips and eaten raw as salad or served with many kinds of noodles. This vegetable has a flavor very much like spinach, though perhaps a bit more bitter, and is often served with garlic.
Bitter Melon (Muop Dang- Kho Qua)
The rough surface and the extremely bitter flavor are unable to prevent Vietnamese from enjoying this veggie. So, just try it and see what you think. Chopped bitter melon is often stir-fried with eggs, but the most popular dish is bitter melon soup, an integral part of the menu during the summer in the south. This specialty is often eaten during Tet holiday as it is most Vietnamese firm belief that sadness will pass and the happiness will come over after bitterness has been eaten. This vegetable is also meant to have many health qualities that make it good for the body.
Cucumber (Dua Chuot)
There’s Hardly a sandwich in Vietnam that does not have sliced cucumbers as the main ingredient inside. It is certainly an ideal veggie for summer due to its mild, almost watery flavour and light melon taste. While raw cucumber is also integral part of most kinds of salads in Vietnam, pickled cucumber is another delicacy in Vietnamese cuisines. This is one of the more widely used vegetables in Vietnam.
Ceylon spinach ( Mồng Tơi)
Ceylon spinach has appeared in many poems and folk verses about the rustic attractiveness found in the little villages of Vietnam. The veggie seems to remind people that are living far away from their home of the days past when they gathered with their family members around happy simple meals. The perfect combination is this veggie with crab meat, jute, and luffa which creates a mouth-watering soup, a cool dish for hot days in the summer.
Bamboo shoots ( Măng)
Coming to Vietnam, the image of green bamboo trees surrounding rustic villages seems to be engraved in tourist’s mind as one of unforgettable beauty. According to scientific research, eating bamboo shoots is one of the best ways for you to lose weight and maintain good general health as they are high in dietary fiber and vitamins as well as mineral substances, fresh bamboo shoots are commonly used in some kinds of soups in Vietnam, and also in a variety of salads. They are a delicious and almost fruity in flavor.