Vietnamese cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by Chinese, French, Thai and Indian influences. Vietnamese dishes often feature a mix of 5 flavors, often played against each other: spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet. Each Vietnamese dish features a prominent flavor, often heightened by Bird's eye chiles, ginger or garlic and mellowed by coconut, peanuts, anise and lemongrass. Cinnamon and star anise is liberally used in stews, soups and desserts, while fennel and licorice root is often used on grilled meats and poultry. Get cooking your favorite Vietnamese dishes, plus we have tons of recipes to get you inspired!