German man's Vietnamese in laws help him open a broken rice eatery Making a proper plate of com tam - Vietnamese broken rice - does not come easily, even to experienced local chefs. The dish, a typical specialty of South Vietnam, made from cheaper "broken rice," most commonly goes with a grilled pork chop, a fried egg, shredded pork skin and a pork-egg custard alongside pickled vegetables (usually carrots and parsnips, but sometimes also cucumbers and cabbage). The dish is accompanied with super-sweet fish sauce and chili that northerners and people from the central region sometimes have a hard time getting down because of all the sugar. But German Ralph Ludwig, who comes from Augsburg City in South Germany, has had no problem eating plate upon plate of the stuff. He fell in love with the dish so deeply that he now sells it at his own Com Tam Ba Son Restaurant. With support from his Vietnamese wife's family, which has 40 years experience making com tam under its belt, Ludwig … [Read more...] about Vietnamese tastes, straight from a German
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Hanoi Times - Popular cuisines of Vietnamese people like banh cuon, nom, nem etc. were selected to be served to US President Bill Clinton, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Spanish Queen Sofia. Behind diplomatic activities, behind-the-scene stories of feasts for chiefs of state are very interesting. The menus for such feasts not only show the host's hospitality but also the essence of Vietnamese culinary culture. Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is perhaps the one that has prepared the most feasts for chiefs of state in Vietnam. The hotel has cooked for US President Bill Clinton, French President Jacques Chirac, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi, German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder, Cuban President Fidel Castro, and Spanish Queen Sofia. Every time they receive an order to prepare a party for a chief of state, all chefs of the hotel have to gather to discuss the menu. "The cuisine must be special. The menu must make guests feel they are … [Read more...] about Foreign chiefs of state and secrets of Vietnamese chefs
VietNamNet Bridge - Nine months of traveling with electric bikes, Nguyen Thuy Anh and her Spanish husband went through many countries. Their journey around the world had to stop in Italy because Thuy Anh was pregnant. Young, beautiful with shot hair, Thuy Anh looks tiny besides her tall Western husband. Having exchanges with partners, sometimes Guim Valls Teruel turned to lovingly look at his wife. After seeing each other for the first time in 2009, the Spanish man returned to Vietnam to see his future wife. The couple fell in love after Thuy Anh interviewed Guim when he came to Vietnam during his voyage around the world by bicycle. They maintained contact via email then. In 2010, Guim returned to Vietnam and a year later, they got married. To share with her husband, Thuy Anh decided to join him to travel around the world with an electric bike. They departed Hanoi a few days after Valentine's Day 2011. Thuy Anh says that before the trip, she prepared a suitcase of clothes and … [Read more...] about Vietnamese girl with the dream of cycling around the world
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!