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?
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Offering a wide variety of local and international foods combined with unique and delectable drinks, House of Son Tinh promises gourmands an unforgettable meal, Mai Huong explores I was introduced to House of Son Tinh with an irresistible description - a restaurant with a good combination of unique drinks and delectable food. No food lover refuses such an invitation, and the idea of spending a summer evening at a breezy restaurant near West Lake sounded attractive. So, why not? Located along Xuan Dieu Street - arguably the capital's new centre for gourmet restaurants - House of Son Tinh looks humble with its hotel-like exterior. I was not impressed by its lobby but I really liked the spaciousness and fresh atmosphere of the dining room on the second floor, which is adorned with green plants and large pictures of Ha Noi. The restaurant offers many dishes, including Western and Asian cuisine. However, its special feature is truly expressed in its splendid combination of food and wine, … [Read more...] about Drink and be merry at House of Son Tinh
"Banh xeo" is Vietnamese style crepe with whole shrimp, thinly sliced pork and bean sprouts. Like the salad roll, the "banh xeo" is a do-it-yourself dish that involves the messy but delicious process of wrapping the crepe in lettuce with cilantro and basil. Though the filling might fall out on your table, you will be completely lost in the crispy, warm combination of lettuce and crepe, and the attentive staff will happily clean up after you. Different styles of "banh xeo" "Banh xeo" is prepared differently throughout the country. Tourists traveling about in Vietnam are sure to encounter a different recipe, and sometimes even a different name, for "banh xeo" depending on which region and province they are visiting. These are a pale yellow spicey Vietnamese style crepe. one piece on the bottom, and another on top encase what is usually a salad consisting of been sprouts, prawns, boiled pork, taro and carrot. Drenched in fish sauce, and you have a deliciously messy slice of fine … [Read more...] about A unique “banh xeo” in Vietnam
In Hoi An, it isn't just the shopping experience that leaves a good taste in your mouth. Gỏi đu đủ (green papaya salad) prepared by Trinh Diem Vy in Hoi An. The salad is a wonderful mixture of julienned papaya, chilies and carrots sprinkled with crushed peanuts and sesame seeds. … [Read more...] about Light bites Hoi An style
Model receives stiff fine for costume mishap Thai Ha, one of Vietnam's A-list models, has been fined VND5 million (USD239.7) for her clothes that were too revealing at an event in HCM City. The HCM City municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism decided that the costume Thai Ha wore during her act, on February 18, was inappropriate. The show, called Umbrella Party, included several other well-known models, such as Ngoc Quyen, Minh Trieu, Thanh Hai and Quanh Di. While giving a vigorous performance her costume apparently slipped, showing a little bit too much. Photos of the event quickly spread online, and lit up chat rooms and forums. This 'slip' just happened to take place at a time when the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Department of Performing Arts is trying to tighten controls over 'decency rules' in the performing arts. Following several similar incidents involving artists, such as Thuy Tien, Ly Nha Ky, Minh Hang and Thu Minh, the department has been … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 23/2