VietNamNet Bridge – As contemporary art accepts all things as materials, rice is not only the staple food but also a unique art material. Through the skillful hands of artisans, roatsted rice grains are combined together into paintings about landscapes and people in Vietnam, and graft rice paintings become an art specialty imprinted with Vietnamese soul. Born later than other art genres, fried rice paintings have become popular recently, especially for foreigners who want to look for exotic, local and special gifts for their friends and business partners. To make a rice painting, the first thing artisans have to do is to collect grains carefully in order that the grains must have the same size and are not broken. The next important step is roasting the grains into dozens of color tones from pale ivory to yellow, light brown, dark brown and black. "Roasting the grains requires makers to stir regularly on the suitable fire levels," said artisan Duong Huu Cuong, owner of Ngoc … [Read more...] about Fried rice paintings reflect Vietnam’s soul
Vietnamese fried rice
It is surprising that anything so thoroughly and globally "old hat" as Chinese fried rice enjoys such robust popularity in rice-rife Saigon, but there you go: as testament to the dish's widespread charm, it can be found on menus across the city, as popular here as hamburgers and fries in the United States. Com chien duong chau (Chinese fried rice) contains that most endearing quality of a decent meal, an interesting interplay of savory flavors that shifts subtly with each spoonful. Rightly so, as each bite might contain a different mix of the typical ingredients, including shrimp, chicken, cubed pork, egg, mixed vegetables, and of course, rice. Neither meant to be savored too long nor gobbled too quickly, com chien duong chau is solid standard fare, perfect for a cup of tra da (iced tea) and conversation with friends. Fine iterations of this reliable dish can be found across the city, but arguably the best is served in local eateries, often for under VND 15,000. Travelers … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s Own Chinese Fried Rice
Vietnamese street food not only attracts local people, but is also well-known internationally and is often served in five star hotels. Richard Johnson, an award-winning British food critic, said that a little known secret is that the world's best sandwich or 'Banh Mi' -- a familiar fast street food in the life of every Vietnamese -- is not found in Rome, Copenhagen or New York City, but on the streets of Vietnam. The US monthly culinary magazine Food & Wine lists Ho Chi Minh City among the cities for best street foods. According to the travel-oriented community website VirtualTourist.com, Vietnamese cuisine has received some major credits. In addition to the popular 'Pho' and 'Banh Mi', some other favorite street dishes include 'Com Tam' (Steamed broken rice with grilled pork ribs and fried egg), 'Bo La Lot' (Seasoned beef wrapped in leaf), and 'Goi Cuon' (Salad rolls). Even the very hard-to-please American chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain admits he fell in … [Read more...] about Unique palatable taste of Vietnamese street food
Rice is an Asian staple, an indispensable part of every meal for millions. And Asia's diverse cultures have distinct rice varieties and rice dishes that they favor. Korea has Korean mixed rice, China is proud of Yangzhou fried rice, Vietnam has cơm chiên cá mặn (fried rice with salted fish), and so on. With the huge worldwide popularity and recognition that pizza and pasta have attained, it is sometimes overlooked that Italy has superb rice dishes as well. Italian chefs pay a lot of attention to their rice dishes, known as risotto. Risotto is a dish that Asian customers will enjoy, because it has rich flavors and tastes different from their own delectable dishes. The rice used to prepare risotto must be short, round and rich in high-starch (amylopectin), having the ability to absorb liquids and release starch and so they get stickier and more delicious than the long grain varieties. Italian rice dishes, cooked right, are crunchy. Risotto can be cooked in many ways. Typical … [Read more...] about Rice, Mamma Mia!
The top 16 Asian contestants, including two Vietnamese, have been in Singapore in the final round of the “HP Space – Seeking Asian Creative Talents,” which began November 1.Sponsored by HP Computers, this contest runs for two months on a reality show that airs on Star World and Channel V. HP Space is the first reality show to seek Asian creative talents, launched in August 2009 for any Asian citizen over 18 years old who has creative passion in the fields of movies, music, design, painting and publication. Contestants had to submit a video clip about their talent, passion and achievement and explain their expertise. The organizing board received over 2000 clips and nearly 14,000 registrations on its website. The organizers chose 65 contestants for the second round held in China, Singapore and India, where they had to show off their talents, personality, teamwork ability, leadership as well as their “acting” skills in front of … [Read more...] about Two Vietnamese on HP Space reality show