Vietnamese cuisine always features a combination of five fundamental taste elements (ngũ vị) such as: spice, sour, bitter, salty and sweet in your overall meal. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs and vegetables. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.