I like Southern food as long as it’s originally from the South. Like bun mam, or bun bo nam bo, banh xeo, banh trang tron, … All sooo good. Central food from Hue, you can’t help but dreaming about them.
It’s harder for me to adjust, if it’s the same dish, “Pho” , for example, cooked differently. I’m not saying that the Southern Pho tastes terrible. It tastes fine, it’s just not the Pho we eat.
Southern food is a lot more oily and sweeter. Northern food, in my very biased opinion, is very balanced. Not too salty, not too oily, not too spicy. Everything is just enough so you actually taste the flavor of the food, not just the seasoning. Pho, for example, the broth is cooked with ox bone for hours and ours, so the sweetness comes from the bone broth, not from sugar.
But well, I hail myself in front of bun mam. We northerners can never cook that dish so well.
So North or South, as long as the food is good, it’s good. People please don’t divide ourselves over food :)