VietNamNet Bridge – When the drum beat signals the end of the school day, groups of students from Luong Yen primary school in Ha Noi’s Hai Ba Trung District flock towards the school gate, then head to nearby food stalls. In many cities, street food stalls that sell food without clear origins nor ensured quality operate near schools before and after class. — Photo kienthuc.net.vn Colourful packages of snacks, dried beef, candies and jelly sold near schools are popular choices. Many young students spend their pocket money on fried fish balls and sausages cooked by street vendors, homemade ice cream or cotton candy. On the other side of the school gate, a group of students line up for their favorite drinks made from colourful mystery powders stored in plastic bottles. It’s a familiar scene outside schools in many cities, but that doesn’t necessarily make it safe. Contaminated food at restaurants and markets nationwide has recently raised a strong wave … [Read more...] about Street food near schools poses high risks
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Once the prosperity indicator under Vietnam's subsidy period, chicken is among the most versatile ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking, pleasing the taste buds whether steamed, boiled or lending a meaty taste to salad. But it seems chicken shines brightest when accompanied by rice. Different cooking methods and different spices lead to different tastes, smells and textures. Throughout Vietnam, chicken rice has evolved to meet the tastes of different regions. Fried rice with sauteed chicken of the north In the northern part of Vietnam, chicken is served as a separate dish instead of being torn and mixed with rice. The dish is a combination of chopped chicken sauteed with ginger and fish sauce, and rice fried in a big pan over an open fire. Some restaurants add egg to the rice to give it an attractive yellow colour and crispy texture. With this much oil and and sauce, a pickled side dish is a must to help balance the fatty taste of both the rice and chicken. The chunky all-in-one … [Read more...] about Le tour de Chicken rice: who holds the yellow jersey?
- Don’t forget to buy me some 'banh mi' when you get back from work, I told my friend. I arrived in Saigon on a hot July day. This was my very first visit to the city and I was aware that my sensitive stomach needed some time to get used to the food there, so I picked something “safe” for lunch after dropping my luggage at a friend’s house I was confident with my “banh mi” choice, knowing that nothing bad could come from the popular specialty. The whole city was baking in the sun and I did not want to go out. I stayed inside an air conditioned room and enjoyed the cool temperature. - Knock, knock My friend finally arrived with some 'banh mi' to feed my hungry stomach. I was eager to take the first bite, but I soon realized that I had made a huge mistake. - No way. I've got to get this out of my mouth! The chili in the 'banh mi' was burning my tongue. I gulped down all the water left in my bottle to extinguish the fire in my mouth. I had never … [Read more...] about Saigon street food paradise: where salt and chili reign
Da Lat will hold its first cherry blossom festival in January 2017. A host of activities are planned, such as a light festival, a street festival in sculptured clay tunnels, a food festival, a golf tournament, and a photography competition on cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are a typical flower of the central highlands city, which will bloom in December and color the streets and Tuyen Lam Lake in pink for most of the winter. This year Da Lat was ranked 52nd on a list of 52 Places to Go in 2016 compiled by the New York Times, where it was described as a cool alternative to the usual steamy Vietnamese destinations. The city boasts certain specialties, such as pine forests, avocados and artichoke tea, which are not grown elsewhere in Vietnam. “The south-central highlands town, a former French colonial hill station with eternal spring weather, is an agricultural El Dorado, growing asparagus, strawberries, coffee, artichokes, roses and more,” the Times wrote. In Lam … [Read more...] about Da Lat to hold first cherry blossom festival
Entrepreneur Le Thi Thanh Lam: Together with Saigon Food to Capture the Market In modern life, successful women are highly respected symbols in society. However, unlike men, women’s duties to the family are unchanged over time no matter how high their positions. Hence, a woman must know how to arrange and balance social work and family responsibility. As a businesswoman, she understands the aspirations of women and this motivates her to study the best solutions for women to liberate themselves from the hard job of cooking and have more time for family and for themselves. She is Le Thi Thanh Lam, Deputy General Director of Saigon Food. Constantly innovative Originating the concept "Food must be changed because people are fed up with only one kind of food” plus her cooking keenness, since S.G Fisco Company (now Saigon Food) was set up in 2003, she and her employees have constantly studied to introduce new product lines like frozen hot-pot soup with broth packets. This is … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Le Thi Thanh Lam: Together with Saigon Food to Capture the Market