Viet Nam News Free music gala, Tết style More than 10,000 migrant workers living in rural districts will attend a music gala at the HCM City Youth Cultural House called Golden Ochna Welcomes Tết (Lunar New Year), which is part of the city’s Labour Federation’s charitable and cultural activities during the national holiday. As many as 60 singers, dancers and comedians will participate, including last year’s winners of the Golden Ochna Award, an annual award that honours Vietnamese performers in theatre, music, film and TV. Dancers from Bông Sen Theatre will open the night performing the traditional dance "HCM City Welcomes Spring". Pop stars Mỹ Tâm and Đông Nhi, and the pop band Monstar and Uni5 will be featured, singing popular Lunar New Year songs. Trấn Thành and Hoài Linh, Golden Ochna winners in comedy and theatre, will perform extracts from comic dramas about the Ông … [Read more...] about Free music gala, traditional dishes for Tết
Rice dishes for dinner
VietNamNet Bridge - We call it an qua or qua chieu - a snack between meals or afternoon snack. Every Vietnamese child has grown up with qua chieu in their kindergarten years. Many years ago, during times of economic hardship, a qua chieu could have been something as simple as half a banana. As times changed and got better, the qua chieu tradition has continued, but the snacks have changed. Now, for the kids, it can be a choux à là crème with a small tetrapack of milk, or a slice of watermelon, or half a banana. And for the adults, it is an afternoon tea session, trying out small goodies between sips of tea. The number of places we enjoy a really leisurely afternoon tea session has mushroomed over the years. One of them opened just last month in a beautiful French villa at the corner of Yet Kieu and Nguyen Du Street in downtown Ha Noi. As with the new wave of tea houses in town, Cocoon Café and Lounge seems to be a destination for the yuppies, young and professionally successful, who've … [Read more...] about ‘Cocooned’ for tea, staying for dinner
VietNamNet Bridge – Travelling along the coast, tourists can taste famous rice dishes, from com lam of the northwestern region to com hen of the ancient capital city of Hue to com nieu and com tam of the southern region. Com lam (rice in bamboo tube) The bamboo chosen should be fresh and young so that the new membrane inside the tube can wrap the rice, adding a special flavor, fragrance and sweetness. To prepare the rice, first fill the tube with about 80% of rice and 10 % of water, in favor of water inherent in bamboo, then adding a little coconut water to make the rice more pleasant; wrap the tube with banana leaves and then burn it on fire until it smells pleasant. When it is done, the singed skin of the bamboo is removed, leaving a thin cover that is also peeled away when you eat. The fragrance of fresh bamboo, banana leaves and sticky rice as well as the sweet flavor of rice, bamboo, and coconut, and the saltiness of sesameor the great taste of grilled wild boar will … [Read more...] about Six rice dishes you should try in Vietnam
Last week, Việt Nam News asked its readers about whether those who are rice lovers would quit eating rice for the sake of their health. Here are some of the comments: Anh Thư, Hà Nội In my opinion, in order to be healthy, one needs to consume fewer calories than he burns by his daily activities or exercises. One needs to have a proper balanced diet and adequate exercise. Removing some food from your diet is not advisable at all. Everything should be taken in moderation. As far as I know, rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine and riboflavin. These vitamins provide the foundation for body metabolism, immune system health, and general functioning of the organ systems, since vitamins are commonly consumed in the most essential activities in the body. In order to be healthy, you do not NEED to stop eating rice, but limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates could be more balanced. I have to say, if you want to stay … [Read more...] about Keep fit and don’t quit rice: readers respond
What makes bun cha, the Vietnamese dish which U.S. President Barack Obama had for dinner on his first night in the Vietnamese capital on Monday, a delicacy of Hanoi people? bun cha is a dish made from very simple ingredients. It is comprised of two main simple parts, bun (white rice noodles) and cha (grilled pork and meatballs), and always served with vegetables and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, carrot and green papaya. A combo of bun cha could also be complete with an optional dish of nem cua be (crab spring rolls). A classical meal Becoming a favorite of many northerners, the dish could be found everywhere in Hanoi from an outlet on the sidewalk, a storefront, or a stall at a market to a restaurant, and is easy to be made at home as well. Being favored by Vietnamese people, the noodle dish has also become a choice for many tourists coming to the country, and been recommended by travel and cuisine sites. Last year, a story about street food in Vietnam of The New … [Read more...] about What makes bun cha a Hanoi must-try that Obama ate for dinner?