Normally when curious foreigners ask us Vietnamese whether it’s true that locals eat dogs and cats, the answer is usually one of two completely opposite attitudes. While we will always confess that people do eat dogs and cats in Vietnam, a lot of people may be very ashamed to admit this reality. Others, however, will answer in a matter-of-fact way as if it were their daily food and ask back, “Have you tried it yet?” It is true that in some Asian countries people kill cats and dogs for meat, and obviously Vietnam is one of those. And the truth is that not all of these cats and dogs that are killed have been raised from the beginning for the purpose of providing food for humans. A lot of them are kept as pets until they get illegally captured when their owners are not paying attention and sold to restaurants. The “job” of trapping pets from households is sadly quite popular in Vietnam, especially in the northern part of the country where dog and cat meat can … [Read more...] about Cats and dogs in Vietnam – friends or food?
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Exploring: The natural and wild beauty of Hầm Hô tourism site. Photo hamhotourist.com.vn By Hà Nguyễn Bình Định is considered a paradise in Việt Nam’s central region for its many pristine beaches and islands as well as its cultural and historical sites. They include Hòn Khô, Eo Gió, Hầm Hô, Phương Mai Sand Dunes, Cù Lao Xanh, the Chăm tower system, famous art of bài chòi (a diverse art combining music, poetry, acting, painting and literature) and traditional festivals such as martial arts and specialties of aromatic flavours. Nguyễn Văn Chiến, a veteran in Hà Nội who had fought against US troops in Bình Định during the American War, said he and a group of his friends would celebrate the national victory on April 30 by touring the province to visit Hầm Hô in Tây Sơn … [Read more...] about Old soldiers enjoy visit to central province
After Việt Nam’s legendary Phở Thìn Lò Đúc, which has charmed Hanoians and tourists for nearly 40 years, proved popular among customers in Tokyo, Japan, Bánh Mì Phượng Hội An (Ms Phượng Baguette in Hội An) recently debuted in Seoul, South Korea. Đào Đức Lộc, who designed the interior for the Bánh Mì Phượng Baguette shop in Seoul, speaks with Bùi Quỳnh Hoa about his passion for Vietnamese cuisine and his desire to take Vietnamese specialities worldwide. PASSION FOR FOOD: Đào Đức Lộc, founder of the AFOOD Ltd Co. Inner Sanctum: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m the founder and director of the AFOOD Ltd Co, specialising in design, setup, operation and marketing in the food and beverage field in Việt Nam. I love Vietnamese culture, so I decided to devote myself to promoting … [Read more...] about Putting Vietnamese specialities on the world cuisine map
Adam Liaw in a cooking demonstration at the Taste of Australia event early this month. VNS Photo Đỗ Hữu Adam Liaw works as a cook, writer and TV presenter in Sydney. He took part in the Taste of Australia 2019 programme in Hà Nội on June 1-3, where he gave a cooking demonstration to some restaurants in Hà Nội and to KOTO (Know One, Teach One), a social enterprise which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds forge a better future. He spoke with Việt Nam News about his cooking philosophy, Australia’s diverse culinary landscape and how to get the best out of Australian produce Inner Sanctum: What’s your inspiration to cook? I think the passion for cooking starts from the passion for eating. You like a dish and inquisitively want to make the food by yourself. You love the food and you love creating, so you nurture the love for cooking. Inner Sanctum: How has your life changed … [Read more...] about Australian MasterChef shares his cooking philosophy