Exploring the balance between French cheese and Vietnamese foods

October 28, 2021 | 11:09
The French Dairy Association (CNIEL) initiated a programme to introduce cheese as a characteristic part of French cuisine.
Exploring the balance between French cheese and Vietnamese foods
"When tropical flavours pair up with French cheese" with Chef Cam Thien Long

On October 22, CNIEL launched the programme "When tropical flavours pair up with French cheese" to introduce cheese as a traditional feature of French cuisine and bring the food closer to Vietnamese people by sharing basic pairing rules for cheese and familiar Vietnamese regional foods.

Cam Thien Long, a Vietnamese chef who won the gold medal in 2013 for traditional Vietnamese cuisine came to provide tips on combining French cheese with Vietnamese specialties.

Attendees experienced the flavour of various kinds of traditional French cheeses. They could have their preferred platter of cheese and savour the surprising flavour created by French and Vietnamese food fusion.

Exploring the balance between French cheese and Vietnamese foods

The link between French and Vietnamese cuisine dates back to the 17th century as the result of the cultural integration between the two countries.

Vietnamese cuisine is robust and distinctive in taste, with tea, tropical fruits, nuts, and herbs being particularly popular. Meanwhile, cheese is a staple of French cuisine, frequently paired with other ingredients to improve their flavour.

French cheese is diverse in classifications and unique in taste. In this programme, attendees were introduced to six types of cheese varying in texture and flavour that best represent French culinary culture and combine well with local Vietnamese foods.

CNIEL hoped to provide attendees with a greater understanding of cheese features as well as an exciting experience in creating their own blend of French cheese and Vietnamese regional foods to enhance the flavour of their daily meals.

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