FANTASTIC FEAST: A hotpot with horse meat, herb-flavoured alcohol, lots of fresh vegetables and signature black sticky rice bars. VNS Photos Mỹ Hà by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà After more than a year of social distancing, lockdown and devastating health issues, we got a chance to sneak away to the mountains and stay at So H'mong Homestay for a few days. Of course, we all had our obliged two-shot vaccination and declared on national COVID health apps on our phones. Even a 72-hour real-time PCR test would not be accepted. At a health control post, we all had to get out of the bus to provide health certificates and get the backs of our palms stamped with blue ink. Only then were we allowed to get on the highway heading to Bắc Hà District in Lào Cai Province. I still remember the good impression So H'mong Homestay left on my last visit. It's a stilt house overlooking a lawn with Sa Pa rose plants leading down to a guava orchard in the valley below. The lawn provides a makeshift centre stage for … [Read more...] about So H’mong Homestay offers Bắc Hà’s best treats
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People in the southern province of An Giang prepare chicken using spices found solely in this region, creating a well-known dish that draws in diners nationwide. Tri Ton beef porridge, Tung Lo Mo, Bay Nui scorpions and other dishes are some of the most popular dishes associated with An Giang. A rustic dish called O Thum chicken burnt with kaffir lime leaves may be found here as well, and is renowned for its divine deliciousness. For many years, O Thum burnt chicken has been transported to An Giang from Cambodia, where it originated, and has become a local delicacy. Hill chickens from 1.3kg to 1.8kg whose meat is solid and tasty are commonly used for roasting with kaffir lime leaves. Only when diners order the dish does the chef begin processing, marinating, and seasoning to taste. So, the chicken is always fresh, juicy, and fragrant. Aside from traditional spices like salt, lemongrass, pepper and garlic, the kaffir lime leaf is an essential ingredient and deciding factor of … [Read more...] about What distinguishes O Thum burnt chicken from the rest?
Dr. Mai Huy Tan, the author of AGINE & GreenDevi models AGINE and GreenDevi in brief Vietnam has great potential to develop its advanced agricultural production. Among the country’s seven economic regions, the Mekong Delta plays the most important role in agricultural development with an area of 40,428 square kilometres and a population of about 19 million, roughly equivalent to that of the Netherlands. The AGINE model (Agriculture-Industry-Energy) is the main focus of high-tech organic agriculture in rice cultivation, linking the agricultural processing industry to food products and the production and use of renewable energy. Meanwhile, the GreenDevi model (short for Green Development), which represents green development characteristics in agricultural production, including livestock cultivation, circular production and processing without environmental waste, and maximum use of renewable energy to develop green agriculture and contribute to environmental protection and … [Read more...] about Two circular economic models make headlines in Vietnam’s smart agriculture
Nation faces severe blood shortage during pandemic The Central Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (CIHBT) has announced it is facing a severe shortage of blood which is enough for use only in the next few days without further supplies. Blood storage now stands at only over 4,000 blood units, according to the CIHBT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIHBT had to cancel or postpone 80 blood donation drives in November with an expected reception of 25,000 units. When social distancing measures were eased and the nation started to implement the policy of safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19, the number of blood donations improved. However, after the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased recently in many localities, blood donations started to decline. Director of the CIHBT Bạch Quốc Khánh said the appearance of new cases in localities forced blood donation campaigns to be postponed or cancelled. The CIHBT receives just 300-400 blood … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 29
A woman in Ho Chi Minh City is taking care of 150 dogs and cats which have been abandoned or left by their owners during the Covid-19 outbreak in the area. Nguyen Thi Thuy Phuong besides a dog Nguyen Thi Thuy Phuong, 34, started to take care of three little abandoned cats which she met on a street in early 2020 while working as a motorbike taxi driver. Then during the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the city, some of her neighbours asked her to help look after their pets when they went to hospital for Covid-19 treatment. Hearing about her love for the animals, many other Covid-19 patients have also come to her to ask for help with their pets. Some have returned to reclaim their pets but many others haven't. Phuong now takes care of 100 dogs and 50 cats. Phuong earns a modest income as a motorbike-taxi driver, but as more dogs and cats arrive, she has had to hire a larger house to host them. "I've had to borrow money to use as collateral … [Read more...] about Woman takes care of abandoned animals amid pandemic in HCM City
The Hmong Village resort in Quang Ba District, around 50 kilometers northeast of Ha Giang Town in the epynomous province, has 25 bungalows surrounded by green trees and picturesque natural scenery. One of its highlights is bungalows designed in the shape of rattan baskets that Hmong women sling on their backs to carry rice and other things. The 20-hectare resort opened its door to tourists in July last year. All its rooms use eco-friendly materials and have distinctive Hmong looks. It also has a community guesthouse that can accommodate up to 40 people. A night's stay at the bungalows costs from VND2.4 million ($105.31). On Cat Co beach in the northern port city of Hai Phong, Flamingo Cat Ba Resort attracts visitors with hanging gardens on the sides of its buildings comprising 50,000 trees and vines. The buildings are … [Read more...] about 4 resorts with unique designs that cost from $43 a night