The three-storey house has been built on a plot 5.25 meters wide and 16 meters long in a small District 2 alley in Ho Chi Minh City. It is now home to a family of four people. With two young children, the owners wanted to have an airy interior space with natural light. They also wanted spaces inside the house to be connected in a way that enables them to keep an eye easily over the children when they were busy working or cooking. Architect Le Viet Hoi and his colleagues have designed a house with three floors in zigzag patterns, connected by two wide open spaces between the stories. The spaces are placed in the area of the staircase and in the front balcony. The house is also close to nature, with gardens in the front and back, balconies and large openings on the roof and the facade. The openings in the front wall of the house are arranged in accordance with the view from the bedrooms on the two upper floors. Thanks to a double-wall design, the indoor rooms are always cool and avoid … [Read more...] about A Saigon house staircase creates friendly spaces
Family friendly kitchen
Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
According to traditional customs, Vietnamese people hold a farewell ceremony for Ong Cong – Ong Tao (the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods) on their yearly visit to Heaven, which falls on the 23rd day of the final month of the lunar year. This year, many families have held early farewell ceremonies for the Kitchen Gods. Following the ceremony, people head to lakes and rivers across Hanoi to unleash carps into the water. The foot of Long Bien bridge is a popular place for residents to release carps into the Red River Many volunteers are on hand to help residents release carps into the river by bucket, as opposed to plastic bags. This is the both the safest and most environmentally friendly way to release carps into the river Young volunteers carry banners encouraging residents to not throw plastic bags containing carps into the river as they do in previous years. Some people choose to release carps directly into the river. This year, residents are more aware of the impact … [Read more...] about Hanoians release carps in celebration of Kitchen Gods
Food San Fu Lou launches mooncake collection The Saigon Times Daily Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018,14:51 (GMT+7) San Fu Lou launches mooncake collectionThe Saigon Times Daily Each cake made from healthy ingredients is placed inside a delicate box - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAN FU LOU HCMC - Following the success of the first mooncake season in 2017, San Fu Lou presents the delightful mooncake gift box called “The essence of the full moon season” this year. This mooncake packaging design featuring the contemporary Oriental floral patterns with red as the primary color will be a meaningful gift for family, friends and colleagues. The standard box (VND588,000 per box) contains four cakes with traditional and modern flavors: mung bean and egg yolk; lotus, chia seed with apricot; roasted chicken and egg yolk; and savory mixed fillings and egg yolk. The premium box (VND1,288,000 per box) includes eight cakes with high-quality flavors … [Read more...] about San Fu Lou launches mooncake collection
For seven happy years, from 2003 to 2010, I lived on Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi. Right behind our elegant French villa, within a few blocks, there was a food paradise. The area to the south was full of wonderful eating places, from grand restaurants to sidewalk cafés. I loved the oceanic taste of stir fried squid, the freshness of rice-paper spring rolls, the strength of beef in black pepper sauce… But perhaps my biggest favorite was bun cha, which we used to purchase from a little restaurant on Le Van Huu Street, to eat at home on Sundays. Renowned chef Anthony Bourdain once wrote: “You don’t have to go looking for great food in Vietnam. Great food finds you. It’s everywhere. In restaurants, cafes, little storefronts, in the streets; carried in makeshift portable kitchens on yokes borne by women vendors.” I was not at all surprised that the little restaurant on Le Van Huu Street where we used to buy our Sunday bun cha was the place where … [Read more...] about Fast food and its invasion of Vietnam’s culinary paradise