“Thang co”, a well-known specialty of the H’Mong ethnic minority group in the northern mountainous town of Sa Pa. It is traditionally made from the meat and offal of horses or buffaloes. Photo by VnExpress. As food channels in various languages mushroom on YouTube, all kinds of stuff make an appearance, people gorging on large quantities of food or making supersized dishes, straightforward cooking recipes and instructions, tourist food and travel experiences, rural cooking.But one kind is attracting ire in Vietnam.In recent days Vietnamese media has been drawing attention to channels that, to attract views and money, show people eating in unsanitary conditions, against which WHO is warning during this Covid-19 pandemic, while purporting to show shocking ethnic culinary practices.They misrepresent the food habits of people living in the northwestern mountainous region freely using epithets such as “horrifying”, “terrifying” and “shuddering” to describe what are often groups of people squatting on the ground and eating raw bugs, crabs or goat meat from dirty utensils.For instance, Sapa TV has an episode in which a bunch of young men gnaw at some large uncooked fish and call it the traditional “fish jumping” dish of the ethnic Thai people.”This is insulting to the… Read full this story
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