Gotcha: It's pho. A type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added. That’s how Oxford, the dictionary, puts it. For a word of foreign language to land a place in the English speaking world, it definitely takes more than simple beef stock, spices and thin slices of beef. Pho has its own story and a taste that should be tasted rather than told. Note that the word “pho” is both the name of the soup and the flat rice noodle strings that make its foundation. … [Read more...] about Quiz: Vietnamese noodles, can you disentangle them?
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Hanoi (VNA) - Three researchers and a student of Vietnam were honoured with the Inoue Yasushi Award for their PhD theses on Japanese literature, at a ceremony held by the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation on January 18. A first prize was awarded to Chau Hong Thao for her excellent writing about the memory and dreams in novels written by Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. Nguyen Huu Minh won a second prize for his writing on the existential beauty in a novel by Natsume Soseki, while Nguyen Anh Tuan’s essay on the poetry of female poets in the books of Kokinshu and Manyoshu earned him a third prize. In the category for students, Nguyen Chi Anh claimed a prize for her writing on Hyakuta Naoki’s book. Addressing the awards ceremony, Director of the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam Ando Toshiki said Japanese studies relating to history, politics, economics, law and society are of … [Read more...] about Vietnamese researchers win Inoue Yasushi Award
Chargé d'Affaires of the Vietnamese mission to the U.N. Ambassador Pham Hai Anh Reiterating the need for the U.N. Security Council and the Arab League to strengthen their cooperation, he expressed support for further engagement by United Nations special representatives in that regard. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese diplomat stresses importance of U.N.’s cooperation with Arab League
Piles of coal dust at a mining site in northern Vietnam. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has written to the prime minister proposing exporting over 1.5 million tons of coal – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The Ministry of Industry and Trade has written to the prime minister proposing allowing the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (TKV) and Dong Bac Corporation to export over 1.5 million tons of coal. … [Read more...] about Trade ministry proposes exporting 1.5 million tons of coal
>> Russia-Vietnam: Together to New Cooperation Goals >> 15 cooperation deals to be signed during Putin’s Vietnam visit President Sang made the statement in an interview with the Russian News Agency Itar Tass on the third visit to Vietnam by President Putin on Tuesday. The Vietnam-Russia Strategic Partnership was established in 2001 and then upgraded into the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012, Sang said, adding that the firm foundation has enabled bilateral relations between the two countries to improve in both scope and scale. As regards trade, Sang suggested that the two sides exert further efforts to negotiate and have an early signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Two-way trade keeps increasing, with US$2.5 billion in 2012 and $1.8 billion in the first eight months of this year, but it remains at a modest level, accounting for a small portion in the total import-export turnover … [Read more...] about Putin’s visit to take Vietnam-Russia ties to new height