I believe music is universal. It's something that can convey one's thoughts, emotions, hopes, dreams, etc. It is a medium in which communication is possible without words. Music has the ability to connect people from around the world together.
Maybe even more so, food is another universally understood language. Everyone has to eat. Food and music are great ways in which to introduce a foreign culture to someone. So, I put together a quick list of 5 Vietnamese songs about food.
This is a problem I'm sure everyone has had at least once in their life. It's dinner time, and you ask yourself, "What to eat? (Ăn gì đây?)". Good luck on trying to figure that one out if you're trying to get multiple people to decide on what to eat. On the bright side, you will have a wealth of street food options if you're lucky enough to be in Vietnam.
Ăn Gì Đây is an extremely fun and lighthearted song. Engaging in general debauchery on the streets of Vietnam while in cosplay seems like a very fun thing to do. Pot stirring seems to be a very popular dance. I guess it's not just James Harden and Lil B doing it. This is the second time that I have seen it in a music video. The first time being Đông Nhi in her Nescafé MV.
Who doesn't like Korean BBQ? Korean BBQ, however, is a little more taxing on the wallet. It's definitely a couple steps up on the price scale from your average street food vendor.
In order to promote their restaurant, King BBQ got Hari Won to do a song for them. Hari is probably the most appropriate person for the song because she is half-Korean and half-Vietnamese. Bài Ca Thịt Nướng is a cute and bubbly song that kind of reminds me of E.via's (now known as Tymee) Pick Up! U!
Korea is known for Korean BBQ. Japan is known for sushi. What is Vietnam's signature dish? That would be phở, of course.
The MV seen above was made for the Vietnamese Rom-Com Kung Fu Phở. Kung Fu Phở was released in Vietnam during the month of August 2015. On paper, it seems like a pretty good movie. I like Kung Fu movies, and I like phở. However, I have soured on comical Kung Fu movies since watching Kung Fu Dunk starring Cpop superstar Jay Chou. That movie was terrible! I am huge basketball fan and Jay Chou fan too. The last good movie about Kung Fu plus random thing that I have seen was Shaolin Soccer. Maybe Kung Fu Phở will change that.
Underground Vietnamese rap is a fascinating scene. On the surface, the above song is about cooking. I just thought it was about stir-frying. I really only have an elementary level of mastery of the Vietnamese language. As a result, all of these Vietnamese puns and metaphors just go over my head. After doing some research, I found out that Đảo Cái Chảo Cho Ta exists mainly to provide social and political commentary about the growing tension between Vietnam and China in the South China Sea. In short, China has been aggressively pushing it's forces into the South China Sea, which has resulted in maritime clashes between Vietnam and China.
This last song is not really a Vietnamese song. It's an English song about phở by a Vietnamese American YouTuber. I included it anyways because sometimes I like to go dumb. Thinking about the Spratly Islands dispute and Vietnamese politics is too much for me to handle on a daily basis.