For many international and local tourists, their visit is seen incomplete without trying Banh Tom Ho Tay. “Similar to some long-time passed-down crafts in Hanoi, the hobby of eating West Lake Shrimp Cake seems to be also inherited through generations,” said Hanoi-based culinary expert Nguyen Phuong Hai. Obviously, Kem Trang Tien or Trang Tien Ice Cream and Banh Tom Ho Tay or West Lake Shrimp Cake are dishes that have been ingrained in the subconscious of Hanoians. It was a familiar meal for weekend eating-out in the old days of the older generation. And it is still today as their children and grandchildren continue to excitedly enjoy the cake when having the opportunity to visit West Lake. According to Hai, West Lake Shrimp Cake is not merely a type of food, but an ‘iconic dish’ of Hanoians. “With its great spiritual value, West Lake Shrimp Cake deserves to be honored, promoted, and preserved as a culinary heritage of Hanoi,” he added. It is fair to say that Banh Tom Ho Tay … [Read more...] about West Lake Shrimp Cake – great dine out option in Hanoi
Members of the “An Binh An heart-to heart” charitable group in Phu Nhuan District’s Ward 8 has prepared nearly 1,000 meals to people in isolation areas, hospitals and low-income laborers. (Photo: SGGP) A line of people queuing in front of Man Tu vegetarian restaurant located at the No. 201 on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1 are waiting for receiving free lunch and evening meals. According to the restaurant’s owner Do Thi Ngoc Phuong, the food store has daily offered thousands of free meals for disadvantaged people, including hundreds of meals sent to blocked areas in districts 1 and 3. The “An Binh An heart-to heart” charitable group in Phu Nhuan District’s Ward 8 has provided nearly 1,000 meals to people in isolation areas, hospitals and low-income laborers. Meanwhile the restaurant at the No.62B on Ba Hom Street in District 6’s Ward 13 has prepared 30-40 meals for app-based motorcycle taxi drivers, bike shippers, street vendors, lottery ticket sellers every day. … [Read more...] about Acts of kindness spread across city amid Covid-19 outbreak
Warming the cockles of strangers’ heart amid pandemic in HCMC By Minh Hoang An elderly woman receives some money from a woman at an intersection in HCMC. The amount of money will help her cushion the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic - PHOTOS: MINH HOANG HCMC - Many non-residents in HCMC have been plunged into unimaginable hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Saigonese are willing to provide a shot in the arm for them to ride out the pandemic together. Surprisingly, the elderly woman passes on the money to a physically impaired lottery ticket vendor who has sold few tickets though it is noon Ho Ta Tai, who lives in Phu Yen Province and came to HCMC to sell lottery tickets in 2007 to earn a living. Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, his family of four has fallen into financial distress. During the pandemic, he sometimes sells far fewer lottery tickets than before, at around 50 tickets a day As HCMC is … [Read more...] about Warming the cockles of strangers’ heart amid pandemic in HCMC
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have halted all food and drink takeout services for 15 days from Friday, as part of the city’s social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 for COVID-19 prevention and control. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday night, Duong Anh Duc, deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said the city had thoroughly considered all options before making a decision, claiming that “no decision perfect.” According to Duc, food and drink takeout services would easily fail to obey the Directive No. 16’s measures because of the amount of delivery workers and drivers that typically gather together at a narrow space while waiting to pick up orders. Under the directive, citizens are required to maintain a minimum distance of two meters. Any gathering of more than two people outside public offices, schools, hospitals, and in public spaces is completely banned. Duc explained that even small banh mi stalls often … [Read more...] about Why did Ho Chi Minh City suspend food and drink takeout services?
Hanoi (VNA) - UK-based publisher of world-renowned travel books and magazines Rough Guides has published an article recommending outstanding Vietnamese dishes besides the already renowned pho and banh mi. “Vietnamese food is distinct and unforgettable,” author Eleanor Aldridge wrote, adding that spread across street-side vendors and high-end restaurants, typical Vietnamese food tastes salty, sweet, sour and hot. Goi Cuon (spring rolls) Goi Cuon are translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and minced pork or shrimp. A southern variation has barbecued strips of pork wrapped up with green banana and star fruit, and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce – every bit as tasty as it sounds, the article said. It is usually served as a starter before a main course at Vietnamese restaurants . Goi cuon (Photo: Rough Guides ) Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) Banh mi is one of the most popular street foods in Vietnam, Aldridge claimed. The dish was first … [Read more...] about British magazine recommends must-try Vietnamese dishes
Rough Guides, a UK-based publisher of globally-renowned travel books and magazines, has selected key Vietnamese delicacies that foodies should try, including Goi Cuon (spring rolls), Banh Xeo (sizzling pancakes), and Bun Cha (grilled meat in noodles). Goi Cuon (spring rolls) are usually served as a starter before the main course at Vietnamese restaurants. Each roll is filled with vegetables, coriander, and either minced pork or shrimp. Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is one of the nation’s most popular street foods. The baguette sandwich is typically filled with vegetables and a choice of fillings, including paté and usually pork or egg. It has since been imitated around the world, with businesses from London to New York selling this local delicacy. Banh Xeo (sizzling pancakes) contains shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, and egg. They are fried, wrapped in rice paper with greens, and then dunked in a fish sauce before being eaten. Bun Cha … [Read more...] about British magazine lists must-try Vietnamese specialties