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...]

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...]

Impressions of Vietnam tourism in 2014

VietNamNet Bridge - The highlights of Vietnam’s tourism last year included the country’s first foreign tourism ambassadors, a traveler who narrowly escaped death and an 83-year-old man who climbed to the Fansipan peak four times. 1. Tourism Ambassadors Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong. The selection of Vietnam Tourism Ambassadors has always attracted public attention. In 2014 this event became "hotter" when Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong (known for playing the Monkey King in The Journey to the West series) expressed his willingness to be Vietnam Tourism Ambassador in China during his visit to Vietnam from 4/4 to 7/4. Also, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam appointed New Zealand chef Bobby Chinn the Vietnam Tourism Ambassador in Europe for 3 years (7/2014 - 7/2017). This is the tourism industry’s efforts to implement urgent measures to promote Vietnam tourism in some key markets. 2. Miracle of Vietnamese travelers Bui Lam Anh at the Ca … [Read more...]

Hanoi ‘Must See Attractions’

(VOV) - With its thousand year history and six million strong population, the jewel of Vietnam is its capital city, Hanoi. Here are some must see travel destinations in the cosmopolitan city that attract tourists from all around the globe. Ta Hien-Luong Ngoc Quyen-Dinh Liet streets Ta Hien, Luong Ngoc Quyen and Dinh Liet streets often appear in foreign tourism websites. They are well-known for their old houses, boutiques, restaurants and street vendors. Foreign visitors usually come to Ta Hien street to sit, drink tea, coffee or beer, and chat. Going along Luong Ngoc Quyen street, foreigners can find shops selling DVDs, bike rental services and souvenirs, including a tiny boutique selling lamps and mugs decorated with propaganda posters. Dinh Liet street is famous for woollen and silk products. Foreigners also have a chance to taste Vietnamese and Western cuisine at small restaurants. Nha Tho street St. Joseph's Cathedral is located in the centre of Nha Tro Street. … [Read more...]

Tra Bong cinnamon, the new Asian record specialty gift

The Quang Ngai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently announced and promoted its hallmark Tra Bong cinnamon as one of the top Specialty Gifts of Asia. The cinnamon was conferred the title by the Asian Record Organization in October 2013. The Vietnam Record Organization (Vietkings) applied the specialty along with seven others to the Asian organization in September 2013. Tra Bong cinnamon, which has been exported to many countries the world over, is of high quality and an unmistakable aroma. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum which is used in both sweet and savory foods. Apart from Tra Bong, the trees, which can reach 15m in height and 40cm in trunk diameter, grow profusely in northern Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ninh provinces, and central Quang Nam and Nghe An provinces. The trees' main products are cinnamon barks and essential oil, which have many applications in pharmaceutical, food, perfume … [Read more...]

Tra Bong cinnamon to become Asian specialty gift

Province and district's leaders at the event ​In the evening of May 14, at the Square 28 August in Tra Bong district, a ceremony was held to announce the recognition of Tra Bong cinnamon as an Asian specialty gift by the Asian Record Organization. In November 2013, the Asian Record Organization announced that eight Vietnamese specialties had won new Asian record including Banh Dau Xanh Hai Duong (green bean cake) from the northern province of Hai Duong, Sam Ngoc Linh (ginseng) from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, Que Tra Bong (Tra Bong cinnamon) from the central province of Quang Ngai, Che Thai Nguyen (Thai Nguyen green tea leaves) from the northern mountainous province of Thai Nguyen, Ca Phe Buon Me Thuot (Buon Me Thuot coffee) from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, Tieu Phu Quoc (Phu Quoc pepper) from the southern province of Kien Giang, and Banh Trang Phoi Suong (Phoi Suong rice paper) from southern province of Tay Ninh. With his happiness, Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ‘hu tieu’ among Asia’s best dishes

My Tho "hu tieu" (stretchy rice noodles), a delicacy in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, which has been recently honored by the Asian Record Organization, is a long-standing, delectable culinary delight. The century-old dish was recognized as one of Asia's top 100 delicacies by the organization in November last year. The body presented a document to certify this status to Vietnam late last month. The specialty has been the pride of locals and has strongly appealed to domestic and international tourists for a long time. The dish is named after My Tho City, the provincial capital of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta because cooks and noodle makers in the city are believed to be the most skillful when it comes to preparing the dish. An elaborate delicacy One of the enduring hand-made "hu tieu" makers and traders in My Tho City is Huynh Tai Phuc. Phuc, 64, said his family has been in the business for over 70 years. The business was handed … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/3

Vietnamese guitarist defeats 200 to win Yale scholarship Vietnamese guitarist Tran Tuan An has defeated some 200 international students to win a seat at the world's prestigious Yale School of Music. An's father, Tran Quang Tuan, said he had applied for admission to a master's programme at 20 universities in the USA and was accepted by all of them. An enrolls in the Master of Music programme in guitar this fall because it offers the best choice. As a student at North Park University's School of Music, Chicago, US, An became the 39th student to be honoured as a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in November 2013. He also earned first prize in the 2013 Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition, as well as the Evanston Music Club 2013 Scholarship, along with other prizes in Viet Nam. Now in its second century of service, the Yale School of Music enjoys a tradition of excellence that reflects its distinguished faculty and alumni. Each year, the school … [Read more...]

Hue International Food Festival 2014 to open in mid-April

The Hue International Food Festival 2014 will be held at Phu Xuan park from April 15 - 19 April as part of activities to celebrate the Hue Festival 2014. Hue Festival to feature 60 art troupes Hue Festival 2014 media centre opens 45 int'l art troupes attend Hue Festival 2014 This event aims to honor and promote the unique, typical cuisine of Vietnam and boost the relationship and friendship between Vietnam and other countries across the world, the VNAT said. The festival will see more than 100 booths, 20 of which are reserved for foreign countries. The focus of the festival is the 10 Vietnamese dishes recognised by the Asian Record Organization. In addition, there will be many exciting activities to bring new experiences to visitors such as food exhibitions, beer festival, and bartenders' performances. The Hue International Food Festival 2014 is expected to be one of the important highlights of the Hue Festival 2014. Visitors will have a chance to explore and enjoy a … [Read more...]

Hue International Food Festival 2014 to come in mid-April

In the framework of the Hue Festival 2014, the Thua Thien - Hue's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will coordinate with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Thua Thien - Hue Hotel Association to organise the Hue International Food Festival 2014 from April 15 - 19 April. This event, to be held at Hue city's Phu Xuan park, aims to honor and promote the unique, typical cuisine of Vietnam , especial that of Hue , and those of participating countries to domestic and international visitors, and contribute to boost up the relationship and friendship between Vietnam and other countries, the VNAT said. The festival will see more than 100 booths, 20 of which are reserved for foreign countries. The focus of the festival is the 10 Vietnamese dishes recognised by the Asian Record Organization. In addition, there will be many exciting activities to bring new experiences to visitors such as food exhibitions, beer festival, and bartenders' performances. The Hue … [Read more...]

The 10 major events in Quang Ngai in 2013

The President has a talk with the Ly Son fisherman ​1. The Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang visited and worked twice in Quang Ngai. On April 15th, he visited the island district of Ly Son for provision of inspirations to the islanders to better and harder go fishing for their family economy as well as protect the country's sovereignty.On the second visit to Quang Ngai, he spent more time to present gifts and also to express his sorrow at families lost, damaged and injured caused by the seriously heavy flood in mid November, 2013.   2. The commencement of the project of the Urban- Industry- Services, Vietnam- Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), with the appearance of the Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong marks the potential development of Quang Ngai. VSIP Quang Ngai covers approximately 1,226 hectares. In Phase 1, it is expected to start in 2013-2015 with the total investment of VND 2,631 billion. VSIP Quang Ngai hopes to attract … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s signature Cao Lau boasts Asian cuisine value

VGP - The Asian Record Organization has recognized Hoi An's signature Cao Lau specialty as one of the 10 dishes meeting the criteria of "Asian cuisine value". "Cao lau" is a delectable noodle dish served with shrimp, pork, a little broth, and seasonal herbs and vegetables. The noodle gets its signature yellow color by mixing it with the ash of a local plant. According to the Viet Nam Record Book Center, "cao lau" is unique to Viet Nam and central Quang Nam province in particular. "Mi quang," another of Quang Nam province's noodle specialties, has already been recognized by the Asian Record Organization. The recognition is not only an honor but offers an opportunity for Quang Nam to develop cuisine tourism in the coming time. These records are the encouraging outcome of the Viet Nam Record Book Center's efforts to promote local specialties. The organization has successfully nominated 47 Asian records for local iconic dishes so far. By Vien Nhu … [Read more...]

More Vietnamese dishes earn recognition

10 more local specialties have earned "The worth of Asia Cuisine" recognition from the India-based Asian Record Organization. The dishes include "cha ca La Vong - Ha Noi" (fried fish paste), "bun ca ro dong - Hai Duong" (rice noodle with a type of fish), "cha ca muc Ha Long - Quang Ninh" (squid and fish paste), "cao lau Hoi An - Quang Nam" (noodle dish served with shrimp, pork and a little broth), "banh canh cha ca Quy Nhon - Binh Dinh" (rice spaghetti with fish paste) and "goi la Kon Tum" (salad made from almost 60 home and wild vegetables and plants, typically served with pork). Also included are "banh beo bi Binh Duong" (small round rice cookies served with pigs' dried skin), "bun suong Tra Vinh" (rice noodle with worm-shaped fried fish paste), "hu tieu My Tho - Tien Giang" (rice noodle with seasoned and sauté pork) and "bun ca Chau Doc - An Giang" (rice noodle with fish). The dishes are the provinces' signature specialties though they are now available in other cities across … [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...]

Five stamps of Vietnam tourism in 2013

VietNamNet Bridge - 2013 was a successful year for Vietnam tourism as a continuous presence in the world rankings and the region, but also the year's tearful young backpacker favorite.1. Searching the new Tourism AmbassadorFive candidates for Vietnam tourism ambassador title namedFrom the beginning of the year, the search of a new Tourism Ambassador was a hot topic on the local media, with a lot of debate about the candidates. Many people expressed regret for the withdrawal of former tourism ambassador Ly Nha Ky.It is the public interest but the selection attracted a small number of candidates. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism prolonged the deadline until October 31, but it received applications of only five candidates: beauty queen Huynh Thi Ngoc Han, English teacher Do Thi Hong Thuan, actress Lan Phuong, Miss Southeast Asia Dieu Han and the runner-up of Miss Asia USA Chau Mong Nhu.Mr. Phan Dinh Tan, the Ministry's spokesman said that if candidates do not meet criterion, … [Read more...]

Hanoi to spend US$850,000 to restore iconic pagoda

Hanoi will spend more than VND18 billion (US$849,057) for the restoration of the Mot Cot - Dien Huu (One Pillar) Pagoda, announced by Ba Dinh District's People's Committee on December 12. The pagoda has sustained serious damage during the past several years. Since May, officials from Ba Dinh District, where the pagoda is located, together with the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Venerable Thich Tam Kien, the pagoda abbot, and experts, discussed the pagoda's conditions during several meetings. The meetings were held after Venerable Thich Tam Kien sent an "ultimatum" to the local government. He had sent many letters to local authorities to request the restoration of the pagoda, but officials seemed to be indifferent. He then insisted that he would repair the pagoda on his own, beginning by fixing the tiles as a temporary solution to the coming rainy season. The pagoda, one of Vietnam's two most iconic pagodas in Hanoi along with the Perfume Pagoda, has been heavily … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s signature dish applied for Asian record

The Vietnam Record Book Center recently filed "Cao lau," Hoi An's famous noodle dish, for recognition by the Asian Record Organization. "Cao lau" is a delectable noodle dish served with shrimp, pork, a little broth, and seasonal herbs and vegetables. The noodle gets its signature yellow color by mixing it with the ash of a local plant. According to the Vietnam Record Book Center, "cao lau" is unique to Vietnam and central Quang Nam province in particular. "Mi quang," another of Quang Nam province's noodle specialties, has already been recognized by the Asian Record Organization. Eight Vietnamese food, drink, and spice specialties from around the country, typically given as gifts, have recently earned recognition from the Asian Record Organization. These include "banh dau xanh Hai Duong" (cakes made of ground green beans), Thai Nguyen tea, Tra Bong cinnamon, Ngoc Linh ginseng, Buon Ma Thuot coffee, "banh trang phoi suong Trang Bang (dew-wetted rice papers), "banh phong sua dua Ben … [Read more...]

Eight Vietnam gift specialties set Asian records

Eight Vietnamese food, drink, and spice specialties from around the country, typically given as gifts, are recently recognized by the Asian Record Organization.     Trang Bang dew-wetted rice papers - Fotopedia.com These specialties include "banh dau xanh Hai Duong" (cakes made of ground green beans), Thai Nguyen tea, Tra Bong cinnamon, Ngoc Linh ginseng, Buon Ma Thuot coffee, "banh trang phoi suong Trang Bang (dew-wetted rice papers), "banh phong sua dua Ben Tre" (Glutinous rice chapatti), and Phu Quoc pepper.   Hai Duong ground green bean cakes, first created in the early 20th century, have widely been used as gifts during the traditional Tet holiday and other festivals. Families typically gather to relish the sweet cakes with warm tea.   Thai Nguyen tea is known for its signature aroma, honey-like color, viscid consistency, and long-lasting, pleasant acrid taste. A locally famous brand, the tea has been exported to over 100 countries and territories in the world.   Meanwhile, Tra … [Read more...]

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater wins Asian Record

The Asian Record Organization has recognized the 'Thang Long Water Puppet Theater' in Hanoi as the only Asian Water Puppet Show that performs every day of the year. Previously in 2006, the theater was nominated as the only art troupe offering performances 365 days of the year, by the Vietnam Record Book Center (Vietking). Thang Long Water Puppet Theater has been a must-see destination for more than 20 years for foreigners visiting Hanoi. The exciting show presents the true Vietnamese water rice culture. In addition, a ceremony to receive the Certificate recognizing some Hanoi dishes as Asian Records by the Asian Record Organization was held on October 8. The dishes to be recognized as Asian records include Pho (noodle), Bun Cha (noodle and barbecue pork) and Bun Thang (Thang noodle). … [Read more...]

Three dishes of Hanoi honored as top Asian cuisines

A bowl of Pho bo (noodle with beef). Mr. Mai Tien Dung, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, says that gastronomy is considered an important factor in attracting tourists to Vietnam.

VietNamNet Bridge - Pho, bun cha and bun thang will be honored at the Tourism festival of traditional villages of Hanoi and the Red River Delta provinces in Hanoi from October 8 to 12. Since 2010, the Vietnam record organization has implemented a program to promote Vietnam's cuisines and seek international records for Vietnamese cuisines, contributing to advertise Vietnamese cuisine to the world. Accordingly, Vietnam has 12 dishes listed in the "Top dishes of Asia" of the Asian record organization. The title will be presented to the three dishes of Hanoi at the opening ceremony of the Tourism festival of traditional villages of Hanoi and the Red River Delta provinces on October 8. Also at this event, six cuisines of Hanoi will be recognized as Vietnamese specialties, including: La Vong fried fish, Thanh Tri steamed rolled rice pancake, Huong Son apricots, Canh oranges, Hang Than green rice flake cake, Hang Duong salted and sugared dry fruits. "Most foreign tourists highly … [Read more...]