Tea or Coffee in Vietnam
It is not accidental when you are usually invited to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee when you visit traditional restaurants or offices in Vietnam. Tea or coffee are possibly be a beautiful culture of Vietnamese people and it may always be in their mind, and always be mentioned as a habit of Vietnamese people when they would like to welcome their guests.
Vietnam is one of the oldest and largest tea producers and suppliers all over the world. Tea has long been discovered and grown in Vietnam for over 2,000 years. Early in the 11th century, tea used to be used as a symbol to convey the spirit of Buddhism. During Tran Dynasty from the 13th to in the early 15th century, it is assumed a philosophical value for the Vietnamese people. In the 15th century, Vietnamese polyhistor Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), who led a secluded life and renounced the outside world, was a close friend of “tea, the moon and poetry”.
If in the past centuries, tea has a long tradition in Vietnamese history and a particularly philosophical value for scholars. Nowadays, it has its place in the life of ordinary people living both in remote villages or big cities. Tea is used to bind people together. It is very popular from homes to sidewalk stalls for friendly chats between friends and neighbors. It is also popular in business conversations or to refresh the mind.
Known as the biggest producer of Robusta coffee in the world, Vietnam is also considered as a great place for you to enjoy a cup of coffee. With a taste of bitter and acrid tendencies, I am sure that Vietnam coffee is different from one in other countries. It is prepared by using a small metal drip-filter and mostly served over ice.
There are various ways to enjoy a cup of coffee in Vietnam. At any restaurant or stall, you can order an iced coffee with condensed milk or iced black coffee as a popular mode ( usually served with 4 or 5 teaspoons of sugar or no sugar added or with a little sugar.)