VietNamNet Bridge – Travelling along the coast, tourists can taste famous rice dishes, from com lam of the northwestern region to com hen of the ancient capital city of Hue to com nieu and com tam of the southern region. Com lam (rice in bamboo tube) The bamboo chosen should be fresh and young so that the new membrane inside the tube can wrap the rice, adding a special flavor, fragrance and sweetness. To prepare the rice, first fill the tube with about 80% of rice and 10 % of water, in favor of water inherent in bamboo, then adding a little coconut water to make the rice more pleasant; wrap the tube with banana leaves and then burn it on fire until it smells pleasant. When it is done, the singed skin of the bamboo is removed, leaving a thin cover that is also peeled away when you eat. The fragrance of fresh bamboo, banana leaves and sticky rice as well as the sweet flavor of rice, bamboo, and coconut, and the saltiness of sesameor the great taste of grilled wild boar will … [Read more...] about Six rice dishes you should try in Vietnam
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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?
by Nghiem Thai Hanh Seafood has never been my first choice. To me, seafood dishes have always been somewhat tedious, since the cooking methods are normally quite simple. But after a visit at Red House restaurant, my ideas about seafood have completely changed. The first thing to catch my eye is the modern style of design. Fittingly with its name, red is the main colour of decor, which brings a bright and fresh look to the place. And as what people might expect of restaurant with "house" in its name, the restaurant gives off a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The whole place is decorated with a sea concept: a wooden dome; rope hanging over the walls and a hurricane-lamp which makes me feel like sitting in a fisherman's boat. Red House is probably the first Singaporean seafood restaurant opened in Viet Nam. The owner reveals he opened the restaurant because of his passion for Singaporean food and his desire to serve genuine dishes. Even though the restaurant is new, I was surprised … [Read more...] about Seafood lovers meet at Red House restaurant
They were a happy and well-matched couple. He was tall with a fairly square face while his wife Xuan Hoa was lanky and pretty. After their wedding, they lived in a small house set aside for them by his office. When the office moved, some employees were provided with plots of land or new apartments. He, however, decided to buy the little house from the company because his wife liked it … [Read more...] about Where spring stays for good
Vietnamese scientists have successfully invented a test kit that can be used to find out if a food has a toxic substance in it in just minutes. Convenience, reasonable price and high accuracy should make these kits a must-have for housewives. Invented by the people who work at the Institute of Biochemical Engineering (of the General Department of Technology under the Ministry of Public Securities), these kits will likely contain a glass cylinder or small bag and a plastic stick, all Vietnamese-made materials. One can know if there’s a toxic chemical substance in a food when the color of the reagent (that comes with the kit) turns a certain color - the result is visual. The institute plans to make 15 different kits, each of which will test for a different toxin. The test procedure is simple and the results instant. There’s to be a test kit for nitrite (a no-no in processed meat), lead (in root crops from contaminated soil), insecticides (result to be obtained in 50 … [Read more...] about Test your food for toxins