Viet Nam News Vietnamese award-winning bartender Phạm TiếnTiếp is the perfect example of the rags-to-riches success story. From a poor countryside boy to a champion bartender, and currently, a Master of Mixology, his life is one of challenges and surprises. He talks with Thúy Hằng about his determination to achieve his life's goals and his unlimited indulgence for the art of mixology. Inner Sanctum: You tried out several jobs before becoming a bartender. Can you tell us about that period of your life? Wow, it is a long story. I was born in a small village in the northern province of Hưng Yên, and I experienced a hard childhood. At the age of 15, I left school and moved to Hà Nội to find a job. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I started off as a shoeshine boy, and then moved on to become a waiter in a phở stand and later a textile worker. While working as a waiter at a bar in the Old Quarter area, I was mesmerised by the lissome and skillful movements of foreign bartenders … [Read more...] about Mixing things up for a living, and how!
Sweet and sour fish soup
"Dit" leaves and chicken are made into sweet and sour soup, which is a unique dish found only in mountainous communes of Phu Yen. Its stem isn't big, its root diameter is as large as a finger, the largest tree has a size of a fist, the highest body is about 0.5 m, with several branches, yellow green leaves; when pressed, the leaves are scented and taste sour. Ingredients for a delicious sweet and sour soup include chicken, chicken's inside part, "dit" leaves. The dish is cooked with many kinds of seafood as crabs and fish is a delicious sour soup; however, it is the most delicious and popular soup when cooked with chicken. Chicken meat is chopped into small pieces, chicken's inside part is sliced and mixed with a little fish sauce. On stove, … [Read more...] about “Dit” leaves sweet and sour soup with chicken
The soup is easy to make, tasty, and can be eaten year round … [Read more...] about The northern sour soup
There's no denying the pleasures of the natural bath remedies available at Chau Long Sapa Hotel. There are many kinds of flowers of mixed colours covering the entire hotel, decorating the balconies and pleasing us with their beauty and aroma. This is not my first trip to Sapa - one of the north's most beautiful and unspoiled regions - but this time I came to try an entirely new service: herbal bath remedies. It certainly adds another dimension to any visit to charming Sapa. As on previous trips I took the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. I quickly fell asleep while my friends chatted and didn't awake until the 5am arrival. The bus from the Chau Long Sapa Hotel was waiting to take us on the 40 km journey to the old hill station. After 45 minutes we had checked in at the Hotel, which has a red stone castle design and is located in a quiet side street in the heart of Sapa town. Escaping the chilly outdoors, we basked in the glow of the wood fire in the hotel's lobby as a welcoming … [Read more...] about For body and soul
While Vietnamese cuisine has become increasingly popular with global diners, with two of the most delicious being phở (beef noodle soup) and bánh mì (Vietnamese-style sandwiches), many foodies have said that Vietnam still has more stunning foods to taste.One night in late 2017, Rachael Dickson and her younger sister Madeline Dickson were sitting on a bamboo chair at a restaurant in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.They were attentively listening to a tour guide explaining the components of bún bò Huế (spicy Hue-style beef noodle soup). Eatable banana flowersWhen the tour guide was twittering on the vegetables served with the soup, the two sisters could not conceal their surprise knowing sliced banana flowers were among the plants.To these newcomers to Vietnam, everything seemed to be new, as what they had known about Vietnamese food were only phở and bánh mì.“I even didn’t know they put pâté in bánh mì and had … [Read more...] about Vietnamese cuisine has much more to offer than ‘phở’ and ‘bánh mì’