The humble snail has pride of place in Vietnamese cuisine, especially in Hanoi. A kind of snail living in ponds and lakes that grows to the size of a golf ball is used to make a uniquely delicious dish called bun oc (snail noodle soup). Hanoians usually eat bun oc for breakfast or lunch, particularly in winter. When it gets cold, it is hard to imagine anything more delightful than slurping down a bowl of steaming hot and spicy soup with the chewy but tasty snail in it. Bun oc is mostly loved for its broth, a blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Thach Lam, a famous writer, once wrote in his book, Hanoi 36 Old Quarters: "Sour and hot snail broth … makes one shed tears more earnestly than does love." The best snails for this dish are oc buou and oc nhoi, two large, rather rounded snails with streaks of color. After boiling the mollusks, the cook pulls the meat out of the shell and fries it with onions, fish sauce, and MSG. The broth is made from the water used to boil … [Read more...] about Bun oc, Hanoi’s tasty winter (and summer) treat
Tasty tomato soup recipe
Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is?Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple dishes, … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
Dining Out Au Lac House serves up high style Sitting pretty: The relaxing lobby area is great for a drink or a snack. Tasty treat: One of the restaurant's speciality dishes - Fried Eggplant with Salted Egg. — VNS Photos Clint Lambert Au Lac House - Vietnamese Restaurant Address: 13 Tran Hung Dao - Ha Noi Tel: (04) 933 3533 Opening Times: 9am 'til midnite Comment: French colonial class (17-07-2005) If you love Au Lac Cafe's outdoor ambience, head over to the new, upscale outpost on Tran Hung Dao Street for a truly delicious, and stylish, dining experience. Clint Lambert reports. The owner of Au Lac Cafe on Le Thai To Street has gone upmarket and opened the new Au Lac House aimed at attracting the upscale end of the Ha Noi diner. With the paint still drying on the walls after opening only two weeks ago, Au Lac House is still finding its feet, but the restaurant certainly provides a beautiful setting to enjoy a Vietnamese meal. And it is mainly the setting … [Read more...] about Au Lac House serves up high style
The soup is easy to make, tasty, and can be eaten year round … [Read more...] about The northern sour soup
A true Vietnamese meal is incomplete without rice, to put it mildly. In their daily meals, the Vietnamese nearly always keep a bowl of steamed rice close by the table as they dine on, say, some canh (vegetable soup) and món ăn mặn with pork, fish, tofu... A woman making bún chả and bún đậu mắm tôm at a restaurant in Hanoi. … [Read more...] about Rice with a difference