Vietnamese dishes named among best in Asia

Cha Ca La Vong - Hanoi: Fried fish fillet seasoned with spices. It is served with a dipping sauce of dill and onions. Nhan Dan Online - Ten signature Vietnamese dishes have recently been added to the Asia Book of Records' (ABR) 'Best Food in Asia' list, the Vietnam Book of Records announced on December 19. The ten dishes, specialties of different cities and provinces across Vietnam, will be promoted to other countries in the region through various means of communication, including the ABR official website at http://www.asiabookofrecords.com/records-gallery/food The ABR is scheduled to present certificates honouring the dishes at a ceremony to be held in Ho Chi Minh City in February 2014. Bun Ca Ro Dong - Hai Duong province: The fish noodle soup stands out for its sweet and elegant broth Cha Muc - Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province: Fried squid paste is a popular specialty tourists should try when visiting Ha Long city. Fresh squid is pounded into a paste, to which crushed … [Read more...]

10 more Vietnamese dishes recognized in Asian Records

(Cinet)- 10 more local specialties have honoured "The worth of Asia Cuisine" recognition from the India-based Asian Record Organization. The new specialties include Hanoi's Cha Ca La Vong (fried fish), Hai Duong's Bun ca ro dong (Vermicelli with anabas), Quang Ninh's Cha ca muc Ha Long (fried Ha Long cuttlefish), Quang Nam's Cao lau Hoi An (Hoi An noodles with barbecue pork, bean sprouts, and herbs), Binh Dinh's banh canh cha ca (thick rice noodles with fried fish), Kon Tum's goi la (fish and vegetable salad), Dinh Duong's banh beo bi (savoury fern-shaped dumpling), Tra Vinh's bun suong (mixed noodles), Tien Giang's hu tieu (My Tho noodles with seasoned and sautéed beef), and An Giang's bun ca (Chau Doc fish noodles). The dishes are the provinces' signature specialties though they are now available in other cities across the country. The Asian Record Organization turns the dishes on the mass media in many regional countries. Some representatives from the organization are set to show … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s Cao Lau named in the “Top Asian cuisine value dishes”

The Asian Record Organization has recognized Hoi An's famous Cao Lau specialty as one of 10 dishes meeting the criteria of "Asian cuisine value".              Hoi An's famous Cao Lau noodle Cao Lau is served with salads of Tra Que 200 -year- old organic vegetable village, thinly-sliced pork slices, fried pork fat and sauce. The noodle is also prepared from water from Ba Le well- one of the most famous ancient wells of the Cham people in the town therefore it has a special taste. Earlier Hanoi's dishes including Pho (noodle), Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork) and Bun Thang (Thang noodle) were also recognized as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization in October. The Vietnam Record Book Center (Vietking) has announced that 12 Vietnamese dishes had been officially recognized as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization last September. These 12 popular Vietnamese dishes include Pho; Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork);Bun Thang (Thang noodle); Banh Da Cua Hai Phong (Hai Phong … [Read more...]

Asian Records recognises 10 more Vietnamese dishes

(VOV) - The Asian Records Organisation (ARO) has included ten more Vietnamese culinary specialties in its latest Asian Records listings. Vietnamese dishes recognised by Asian Record Top ten Vietnamese dishes win Asian records Vietnamese dishes seek Asian Records The dishes, all closely tied to specific Vietnamese regions, will now be promoted in mass media throughout the region. Cao lau Hoi An The new specialties include Hanoi's Cha Ca La Vong (fried fish), Hai Duong's Bun ca ro dong (Vermicelli with anabas), Quang Ninh's Cha ca muc Ha Long (fried Ha Long cuttlefish), Quang Nam's Cao lau Hoi An (Hoi An noodles with barbecue pork, bean sprouts, and herbs), Binh Dinh's banh canh cha ca (thick rice noodles with fried fish), Kon Tum's goi la (fish and vegetable salad), Dinh Duong's banh beo bi (savoury fern-shaped dumpling), Tra Vinh's bun suong (mixed noodles), Tien Giang's hu tieu (My Tho noodles with seasoned and sautéed beef), and An Giang's bun ca (Chau Doc fish noodles). ARO … [Read more...]

Hanoi dishes win Asian Records

Pho (noodle)  (Photo: KK)

A ceremony to receive the Certificate recognizing some Hanoi dishes as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization will be held on October 8, according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The dishes to be recognized as Asian records include Pho (noodle), Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork) and Bun Thang (Thang noodle). Hanoi has actively promoted typical dishes to local and foreign visitors and many world guidebooks also introduce Hanoi food such as Pho (noodle), Cha Ca (fried fish) and Nem (fried rolls). The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will release brochures, guides and leaflets introducing destinations and dishes in different languages to visitors. The Vietnam Record Book Center (Vietking) has announced that 12 Vietnamese dishes have been officially recognized as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization last September. These 12 popular Vietnamese dishes include Pho; Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork);Bun Thang (Thang noodle); Banh Da Cua … [Read more...]

Twelve Vietnamese dishes listed on Asian Records

The Vietnam Record Book Center (Vietking) has announced that 12 Vietnamese dishes have been officially recognized as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization. Mi Quang (Quang noodle) (Photo: SGGP) These 12 popular Vietnamese dishes include Pho ; Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork); Bun Thang (Thang noodle); Banh Da Cua Hai Phong (Hai Phong fried crab meat with vermicelli); Com Chay Ninh Binh (Ninh Binh crispy rice cracker); Mien Luon Nghe An (Nghe An eel cassava vermicelli); Bun Bo Hue (Hue spicy beef noodle soup); Mi Quang (Quang noodle); Pho Kho Gia Lai (Gia Lai dry noodle); Banh Khot Vung Tau (Vung Tau small shrimp fried pancake; Goi cuon Saigon (Saigon spring roll); Com Tam Saigon (Saigon's broken rice). Vietnam Record Organization has also nominated five local dishes for the Asian Record, namely, Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong fried fish); Banh Canh Trang Bang (Trang Bang rice noodle soup); Banh Cong Soc Trang (Soc Trang bean and pork-stuffed fried cake); Cha muc Ha Long (Ha … [Read more...]

The Week of December 15 – 21

The 17th National External Affairs Conference (VGP) Nhan Dan Online - Japan to provide US$1 billion in ODA for Vietnam, the 17th National External Affairs Conference convenes in Hanoi, and Vietnamese dishes named among best in Asia are among the highlighted events of the past week. 1. Japan to provide US$1 billion in ODA for Vietnam Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an official development assistance (ODA) package valued at around JPY100 billion (roughly US$1 billion) for Vietnam during December 15 talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung. PM Dung thanked Japan for the ODA and said that the two sides had proposed some new co-operation programmes, including the Vietnam-Japan Friendship hospital project. PM Abe commended the success of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year, affirming that his country places importance on co-operating with Vietnam, especially in economics, trade, investment and human resources training. Later the same day, the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Binh Duong Province allocates VND1.3 trillion for housing development

Binh Duong will allocate around VND1.3 trillion for housing development with the vision to 2030 and the amount will be used for building social houses and shelters for workers from far provinces to settle down in the province, said Chairman of province People's Committee Le Thanh Cung yesterday. In the period 2016-2020, the south east province will plan to increase the average area of a house to 30 meter square per person. The rate of firm houses will be double and raise the proportion of rented houses from 5 percent in 2015 to 7 percent in the period 2016-2020 and 10 percent in 2030. The province will also build more houses for families in serving the cause of the nation's revolution, for low-income earners and resettlement houses. The housing development program plays an important role for the province's socioeconomic procedures. Accordingly the province will create favorite conditions for investors and encourage the involvement of all economic sectors. … [Read more...]

Foreign firms using illegal software

Tran Van Minh, Deputy Chief Inspector of the MoCST Police inspect a company for unlicensed software. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS)- Fourteen out of 16 companies were found to be using unlicensed software during random spot checks conducted in Ha Noi, HCM City, Binh Duong, Long An, Ba Ria Vung Tau and Bac Ninh recently. The value of the unlicensed software was estimated at more than VND15 billion (US$705,000). The illegal usage was revealed by an inter-agency taskforce consisting of inspectors from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism(MoCST), hi-tech crime police, the General Police Department and the Ministry of Public Security. Four of the companies were Korean, three Taiwanese, two American, two Japanese, and the remaining three of local, Australian and Swiss ownership. Chang Yeng Paper Mill Co., Ltd (Taiwan), located at My Phuoc Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province had unlicensed software worth more than VND1 billion ($48,212). Under questioning, the company was not … [Read more...]

HCMC’s public hospitals suffer exodus to private sector

Doctors perform a surgery at Vinmec private hospital in Hanoi. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency The prospects of high salaries and professional independence have drawn the most talented doctors away from public facilities in Ho Chi Minh City. The slow trickle of talent out of the public sector came to a head, last month, with the opening of the private general hospital Xuyen A (Trans-Asia) in Cu Chi District, by creating a "huge" personnel crisis at its public counterpart, Cu Chi General Hospital. A total of 60 doctors and nurses have left Cu Chi General Hospital for Xuyen A since it opened; many were heads and deputy department heads, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. Doctor Nguyen Van Chau, the general director of Xuyen A, said their 750-sickbed hospital employed 107 doctors--most of whom were permanent employees. By December of last year, 20 doctors decided to leave Cu Chi General Hospital for Xuyen A, including five with post-graduate degrees. (In Vietnam, young doctors can begin … [Read more...]

The last farrier of Saigon

Thai Ngoc Wagon coachman Thien Van Ut Huynh Van Dan, a hoof trimmer for cows in Vinh Loc A Commune in Binh Chanh District, still takes pride in the job he has pursued since decades ago, simply because he finds it enjoyable. "Shoeing cattle no longer brings me a good living. I stick to the job just to meet with friends to chat for fun," says Dan, one among very few farriers in the city. A strong passion Dan is fitting a shoe on two cows of Le Van Sau from District 12 while chatting with us. The man in his 60s says the cows he is fitting the shoes are the first in as many months. "Hardly anybody uses horse-carts at present. So, I am out of work most of the time," says Dan. He says he now has another job to earn his living, but is always ready for the farrier's job when customers come. Dan recalls the gilded age when he had to fit dozens of cow hooves everyday. "At present, nobody raises cows for pulling carts, so I have changed my job for three years," he said. A … [Read more...]

HCM City to train people abroad for metro line work

VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City will send 1,000 engineers and workers abroad for training in urban railway operation in preparation for the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line, set to open in 2016. Those selected will be sent to Japan, South Korea and Singapore starting early next year. Engineers from Viet Nam and Japan study a model of the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro line. 1,000 engineers and workers will go abroad for training in urban railway operation starting next year. - Photo tuoitre.vn Deputy head of the HCM City Urban Railway Management Board, Le Khac Huynh said that the board-devised training programme was to ensure there was no lack of high-quality workers to operate the urban railway system. Engineers and workers selected to go abroad for training will come from transport and railway programmes at city universities, Huynh said. He added that the metro line would be the first railway route to use ultra modern technology in the country. The new system has pushed Viet Nam to … [Read more...]

RoK enterprises keen on investing in Binh Duong

Binh Duong is now home to 487 RoK investment projects worth 1.9 billion USD (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) A delegation of enterprises from Gimpo city, the Republic of Korea (RoK), has expressed pleasure with business environment in the southern province of Binh Duong, saying they wish to invest in this locality. Mayor of Gimpo city in Gyeonggi province Yoo Young Rok, who headed the delegation, told officials of the Binh Duong provincial People's Committee on October 30 that his visit is to promote investment cooperation and exchange of goods between the two localities. Gimpo is one of the RoK's industrial and tourism hubs and has attracted 1,700 Vietnamese workers, he said, adding that its close proximity to the sea will facilitate trade with Vietnam and other countries in the region. Two localities' strengths and advantages will make room to boost cooperation and investment in various fields, he stressed. To attract more foreign investment, Binh Duong province has … [Read more...]

City to train people abroad for metro line work

Engineers from Viet Nam and Japan study a model of the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro line. 1,000 engineers and workers will go abroad for training in urban railway operation starting next year. - Photo tuoitre.vn HA NOI (VNS) - HCM City will send 1,000 engineers and workers abroad for training in urban railway operation in preparation for the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line, set to open in 2016. Those selected will be sent to Japan, South Korea and Singapore starting early next year. Deputy head of the HCM City Urban Railway Management Board, Le Khac Huynh said that the board-devised training programme was to ensure there was no lack of high-quality workers to operate the urban railway system. Engineers and workers selected to go abroad for training will come from transport and railway programmes at city universities, Huynh said. He added that the metro line would be the first railway route to use ultra modern technology in the country. The new system has pushed Viet Nam to look … [Read more...]

Minister Vinh says falling FDI approvals no cause for concern

Tu Hoang Vinh raised the point before the General Statistics Office (GSO) released an updated report containing figures about FDI. Accordingly, more than 1,300 FDI projects had been licensed in the year to October 20 with combined registered capital of US$9.95 billion, up 24.4% in number but down nearly 24% in investment capital year-on-year. The report said the investors of 469 projects licensed in previous years had registered investment increases of nearly US$13.7 billion, tumbling by 28.8% over the same period last year. Despite strong declines in both fresh and additional FDI approvals, the minister told the "Citizens Ask, Ministers Answer" program aired Vietnam Television (VTV) over the weekend that Vietnam has done whatever it can to create the most favorable business environment to attract investors and the decisions to invest in Vietnam are in the hands of foreign investors. Vinh said many foreign investors have been affected by different factors, including … [Read more...]

Southern industrial parks share experience in mass mobilization

(VOVworld) - Labor strikes mediation southern industrial parks and export processing zones were among major topics at a conference on mass mobilization in the southern province of Binh Duong on Tuesday. The event was held by the Party Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilization and the Binh Duong provincial Party Committee. Participants anticipated future workforce changes at industrial parks and economic zones that hire foreign workers. They discussed ways to promote mass mobilization and effectively resolve labor conflicts. The event takes place in Binh Duong province. (Photo: baobinhduong.vn) Nguyen The Trung, Permanent Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilization, urged authorities at all levels to disseminate the laws to workers and business owners and encourage them to abide by the laws and build political units at their businesses. … [Read more...]

HCM City takes the lead in FDI attraction

Consumers at Co.op mart in Ho Chi Minh City. (Source: VNA) Ho Chi Minh City led cities and provinces nationwide in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 10 months of this year, with a total registered and additional capital of 2.85 billion USD, accounting for 20.8 percent of the country's total figure. The northern province of Bac Ninh came second with 1.38 billion USD, followed by southern Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces with 1.37 billion USD and 1.36 billion USD, respectively, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under Ministry of Planning and Investment. Meanwhile, Hanoi and Hai Phong - two major cities in the north - ranked fifth and sixth with their respective registered investment capital of 993 million USD and 954 million USD. The latest report from the agency also revealed that in the period, Vietnam attracted FDI worth 13.7 billion USD, or 71.2 percent of its total FDI in the same period last year. Of the figure, exactly 9.95 billion USD … [Read more...]

Japanese enterprises appreciate Vietnam’s business environment

Japan studied Vietnamese business environment in Binh Duong province. (Source: VNA) Investors from Saitama prefecture, Japan think highly of Vietnam's business climate and consider the country a prime investment opportunity in Southeast Asia, according to a survey conducted by the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The number of investors from the prefecture has increased in recent years, with 62 businesses operating in Vietnam so far, FIA's Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc said in a talk with Saitama enterprises in Hanoi on October 28. She pledged to undertake maximum efforts to attract more investors, suggesting relevant bodies support them by increasing investment advisory services, collecting feedback and, more importantly, upgrading infrastructure as well as enhancing the business environment. At the talk, investors were also updated on the new tax regulations. Nguyen Van Phung, Deputy Director of the Tax Policy Department … [Read more...]

ANZ to collect electronic customs bills in VN

Viet Nam Customs' General Department and ANZ Viet Nam co-operate in collecting bill payments from November 1.- Photo baomoi.com HA NOI (Biz Hub) - Viet Nam Customs' General Department has permitted Australian Bank ANZ's Viet Nam branch to collect bill payments via the customs' electronic payment gateway from November 1. The department's document No 12932 GDC/TXNK, issued on October 24, 2014, said that after reviewing the bank's pilot electronic tax collection in HCM City and the Binh Duong Province, it will co-operate with the bank in collecting customs' bill payments electronically all over the country (excluding the tax guarantee on import and export goods). The General Department of Viet Nam Customs has asked all its branches in the country to coordinate with the bank. According to ANZ, it is the first and only foreign bank in Viet Nam to offer this advanced e-Customs Tax (e-Tax) solution to its customers. It allows the bank to update a customer's tax payment status online, … [Read more...]

New Motivation and Prospect for FDI

Manufacturing and the processing industry is attracting the most investment capital from foreign investors and this trend has generated positive ripple effects on Vietnam's economic restructuring process, as expected. The reviving real estate market has also become a target of investors from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries as it holds huge potential for development in various segments, particularly office, hotel and residence. Noticeably, the FDI sector is playing a greater role in establishing and sustaining trade surplus in the past three years and maintaining growth motivations for the economy. Geographically, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan remained major foreign investors in Vietnam. Bac Ninh and Hai Phong have become favourite addresses for foreign investors. Remarkably, FDI flows were running into southern localities like Binh Duong province, Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai province where riotous worker strikes ruin many production bases in May and … [Read more...]