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Leviet: What makes French cuisine unique

Leviet: What makes French cuisine unique

The French are mostly known for their pastries and wine. Bread and desserts are a staple that French people eat every day and tourists flock to get a taste of. When foreigners visit France, they usually don’t know where to begin. The restaurants and bistros around the country can be confusing.

French cuisine is nothing without its fresh ingredients. With food sourced from all over the country and worldwide as well, you can tell that the food is going to be delicious. If you can’t visit France anytime soon, you can still try to make your own dishes at home! 

Most people are intimidated by the fact that French cuisine can be complicated to make. You can start simple and work your way to becoming a chef yourself! Take a look at some traditional French ingredients you can use to cook with: 

  1. Olive oil
    The most basic ingredient you could have is the versatile olive oil. You can use it to cook almost anything and help elevate your dish. The French mainly use it as a base for their dishes, helping to bring out the flavours of the meat and sauces. 
  2. Truffles
    Another classic ingredient is a member of the fungi family. Closely related to mushrooms, the truffles are used to provide flavour for oils and various dishes. They are even used to accompany meat, pasta, and risotto. 
  3. Creme fraiche
    Creme fraiche is a heavy cream made of buttermilk and other dairy elements. It is usually used as a topping for different dishes like dessert, soups, or fruit. Some people love creme fraiche so much that they eat it on its own. 
  4. Dijon mustard
    Whenever you hear of mustard, you could be thinking of putting it in a hot dog or a sandwich. In France, mustard is used to help add flavour and thickness to a marinade. This allows the elements of the dish to come out after cooking, making the eating experience an unforgettable one. 
  5. Shallots
    The French like to use shallots as a substitute for onions and garlic. The smell and taste are milder compared to others, which allows other flavours in the dish to take centre stage. 
  6. Wine
    You can never go wrong with a serving of wine. Whether you are enjoying it alongside a meal or adding it into the dish itself, you can be sure that it will be tasty. Red and white wine can be used for cooking meats and making sauces. 
  7. Cheese
    France produces and consumes cheese more than any other country in the world. Certain kinds can be eaten on their own, while others like to grate and melt them to mix with traditional dishes. 

French bread
What is a French dish without the iconic bread and pastries? You can have croissants and baguettes for breakfast and as a snack by baking them fresh and adding some jam and other toppings.

Leviet: Great sandwiches you can eat here

Leviet: Great sandwiches you can eat here

Welcome to Leviet! Satiate your hunger with these delicious bread and sandwiches.

Pineapple and custard pie

  • Store: Family Mart
  • Regular price: 150 yen 
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 406 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Yamazaki Baking Co.

This pie offers a moderately sweet and puff pastry with a creamy texture. It is glazed with luscious pineapple honey and baked, resulting in a soft and tasty treat. Its filling is infused with a mixture of custard cream, whipped cream and pineapple jam. 

The sourness of pickled pineapple honey blends well with the sweetness of the cream, giving you a burst of flavour in one snack. 

Potato salad in French bread with mayonnaise

  • Store: Lawson
  • Regular price: 140 yen 
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 248 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Yamazaki Baking Co.

This sandwich is made with freshly-baked French bread with a crispy surface. The moist potato salad offers thick slices of potatoes mixed with delicious mayonnaise and black pepper. 

Lemon croissant

  • Store: Family Mart
  • Regular price: 119 yen 
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 305 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Warebeya Niyo Co.

This Danish pastry offers a delicious lemon cream combined with lemon-flavoured biscuit dough and then baked into a croissant. The moist and sticky bread has a sweet and citrusy scent that will make your mouth water.

Ham and corn mayo roll

  • Store: Lawson
  • Regular price: 128 yen 
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 317 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Fuji Baking Co.

This bread roll is made with fluffy dough that is filled with creamy mayo, a hint of cheese as well as thick ham slices. To give it a delicious finish, it is topped with corn bits and basil leaves. This is best eaten after warming it in the oven for 2 minutes to allow the cheese to melt. 

Setouchi lemon moist cake

  • Store: Family Mart
  • Regular price: 119 yen
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 424 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Warebeya Niyo Co.

This new product from Family Mart offers a thick moist cake that is infused with cream and lemon juice. 

If you’re a fan of lemon-flavoured food, you should give this snack a try. The cake is topped with bits of lemon jelly that offer a sweet and citrusy taste. This soft treat gives an overall refreshing taste perfect for snacking any time of the day.

Fresh sour tomato and cream cheese bread

  • Store: Family Mart
  • Regular price: 128 yen 
  • Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Calories: 305 kcal
  • Manufacturer: Warebeya Niyo Co.

This treat offers a scrumptious taste as its dough is made with tomato flour. To improve the taste of the soft bread, the tomato filling is mixed with delicious cream cheese and a bit of mayo. 

The tomatoes give a moderate sourness that complements the saltiness of the cheese as well as the sweetness of the mayonnaise.

Leviet ranks the top must-try Vietnamese dishes

Leviet ranks the top must-try Vietnamese dishes 

Good food can always perk up your mood. One of the most popular dishes in Asia is Vietnamese cuisine. They stand out because of their unique fragrance and healthy ingredients.

Find the best Vietnamese dishes here at Leviet! We gathered the best must-try dishes which can suit your palate. Dig deeper into the food culture by getting a taste of the best Vietnamese food that are listed below. 

  1. Pho

Pho is a Vietnamese staple dish that you should try out. It consists of the following ingredients: 

  • Salty broth
  • Fresh rice noodles
  • Herbs (like Thai basil leaves)
  • Slices of chicken or beef 

It is well-loved by locals because of its tasty and simple flavour with a balanced taste of both sweet and smoky depth with a fragrant smell. 

  1. Goi Cuon

Light and healthy fresh spring rolls in Vietnam are called Goi Cuon. It has translucent parcels that are packed with salad greens, with a slither of meat or seafood and a layer of coriander. 

They are neatly rolled together and can be dipped in fish sauce. With the spiciness of the sauce, it balances well with the crisp texture of the lettuce which gives a little zing to your mouth with every bite. 

  1. Bot Chien

Bot Chien is a popular snack that is usually eaten by the Vietnamese afterschool or after midnight. It has chunks of rice flour dough which are fried until they reach a crispy texture. An egg is added to the mix. Once it has finished cooking, it is served with slices of: 

  • Papaya
  • Shallots
  • Green onions 

For an additional flavour, pickled chilli sauce and rice vinegar are added. It has a balanced taste of sweet, salty and sour flavours. 

  1. Banh xeo

Banh xeo is a famous authentic Vietnamese dish. It is a crispy crepe that uses the following ingredients: 

  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh herbs

You can slice this into bite-size pieces and roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves. There are a variety of special sauces that you can dip this food with. It’s a perfect example of a harmonious balance of fresh and fried, sweet and source, soft and crunchy flavours. 

  1. Banh khot

A unique Vietnamese pancake variation is the Banh khot. It’s crunchy outside is made from coconut milk while the filling consists of: 

  • Shrimp
  • Mung beans
  • Spring onions

Dried shrimp flakes are added on top of the dish. It has a savoury taste with a slight coconut texture with a sweet smell and taste. 

  1. Banh mi 

The unique take of the Vietnamese with the French baguette is the Banh mi. It’s basic elements vary on their location which can have bread, margarine and pata while in other locations, there are colourful combinations of: 

  • Cheese 
  • Cold cuts
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Sausage 
  • Fried egg
  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Chilli sauce 

One of the best Vietnamese sandwiches that you can’t get enough of because of its varying flavours such as spicy, salty, savoury and sweet with a touch of aromatic taste.

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