Wonder how you can survive in the sea for 3 days 2 nights? Don’t worry because a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay won’t let you down. A Vietnamese menu on board is not only stunning but also traditional by following the 5-element harmony philosophy.
The exceptional philosophy of Vietnamese cooking has put the country’s name in the world’s food map, of which simple and balance is the main attractions. Vietnamese food and cooking philosophy is considered one of the healthiest in the world and has been an outstanding culture in the South East Asia.
As a tropical country with lots of greenery, Vietnam culture tends to use a lot of vegetable, herb and fresh ingredients, which not only brings a rich flavor to the dishes, but also naturally makes them healthy. The 5 elements philosophy in Asia had left a significant impact on the cooking culture. Vietnamese people believe each meal should contain all these 5 flavors to balance out the 5 fundamental elements:
- Spicy = Metal
- Sour = Wood
- Bitter = Fire
- Salty = Water
- Sweet = Earth
Vietnamese cuisine promotes balance and healthiness, as well as the beauty of savoring food. Food arrangement should be attractive, 5 elements should be harmonized while each flavor supports each other in creating the smooth and fragrant comfort in each meal. Enjoy a Vietnamese cuisine is also exploring the country’s colorful culture, from street food to high-class dining. The charm is fully delivered on The Au Co in the most famous destination in Vietnam – Halong Bay.
Foodie guide on The Au Co Cruises
The best advice we could provide when cruising with The Au Co is to sit back, relax and gain weight. According to most of our guests, the meals on The Au Co always exceeded their ability to eat, in a pleasant note.
The Au Co’s cuisine is a lovely combination of Vietnamese and Western. Strongly emphasize the concept and taste of Vietnam traditional food, the menu is added with some little touches of Western culture here and there, especially in table set up and food serving. The 5 elements concept is demonstrated in a 5-course meal. Comfortably get on a journey through the diversity of Vietnam nature on your plate: the freshness of a countryside area in green vegetables and herbs, the sea taste in fishes, and “taste” the tropical weather in the sweet fruits served.
Don’t forget to join the cooking class with The Au Co’s talented chef to learn the recipe of spring roll! Spring roll is among those outstanding dishes that demonstrated perfectly how the 5 elements harmony concept works. Easily-found ingredients, balance in nutrition and flavor, the use of traditional “nuoc mam” and a unique method to mix all the ingredients are the charm of the most common dish in Vietnam.