Cooking traditional Vietnamese cuisine

Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of five fundamental taste elements, known as ngũ vị. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. This being said, it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare an authentic Vietnamese dish.

For example to cook xôi – steamed glutinous rice – in the traditional way, it is necessary to soak the glutinous rice for around four hours until the grains have absorbed enough water. Then the rice is drained and steam dried so that the grain can remain whole, soft but not mushy, and sticking together.

However, as people become busier and more influenced by modern conveniences, tradition tends to be left out when preparing meals. Instead of following the exact steps, most of us take shortcuts to get our coking done much faster. For example, when cooking xoi, steam pots are traditionally used and the cooking process requires the rice to be stirred occasionally as ingredients are added, to break up the rice and make sure the ingredients are well mixed. This process usually takes up to 40 minutes and requires you to be in the kitchen throughout the whole process.

This time-consuming process now not required with the use of products such as the Electrolux EMS3067X microwave oven which comes with an automated function for cooking xoi which only requires you to mix the ingredients with the rice before putting it in. At the touch of a button, you can let the oven do all the work while you attend to other things. So, it is still possible enjoy the traditional xoi without the need to spend too much time preparing it.

A microwave oven can also be used to prepare other dishes without consuming too much time while still maintaining the authenticity of the traditional dish. Most people usually choose to dine out when they want to have a traditional meal because it just takes too much time to prepare. But by cleverly adapting modern technology, it is still possible to prepare traditional dishes in a minimum amount of time.