Dozens of booths featuring the street foods of Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, China, Thailand and Japan attract a huge number of visitors. Different Hanoi specialities with a variety of tastes and colours entice hundreds of visitors. Customers can buy o mai (dry apricot) at a price of VND20,000 per 100 grams. Famous cakes are on sale at the festival such as sticky rice cakes, Ho Tay shrimp cakes and pho cuon (rolled rice pancakes). A booth for Korean (RoK) street food offers visitors a wide range of choices to buy their favourite dishes. Quail egg cakes Korean dishes come in many different colours, flavours and preparations, including fried chicken with sweet spicy sauce, kimbap, spicy rice cakes, grilled fish cakes, and grilled skewers. Girdle-cake is one of the special street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, delighting young people in Hanoi. Dorayaki donuts, made famous in Japan's Doremon manga, contain a variety of ingredients such as chocolate, mung beans, red beans, and meat … [Read more...] about 1,000 street foods served up at Hanoi festival
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Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Japanese culture will be in the spotlight at the Japan Day - Fullmoon Festival, which will take place on September 23 in the Manor Central Park urban area in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai district. The event, organised to mark 45 years of diplomatic relation between Vietnam and Japan (September 21, 1973), aims to promote the image and culture of Japan to Vietnamese people. The festival, taking place at Manor Central Park, will include areas emulating Japanese locations like Fuji, Ginza, Tsuki, Sasuke and Yaguza Tower in Tokyo, including houses, traditional shops and culinary stalls. Among them, the Fuji District is a perfect spot to take photos and check in as it is designed with Japanese and Vietnamese streets decorated with wind chimes, wagasa (oil-paper umbrella), conical hats and lanterns. Visitors will feel like they are in Japan as they can visit famous places reproduced at the festival, play Kendama, join sumo … [Read more...] about Japanese culture highlighted at festival in Hanoi
Vietnam’s favorite tourist destination Hoi An has been named by Travel + Leisure readers among the world's 15 best cities. Every year for its World’s Best Awards survey, the New York-based Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and overall value. T+L said the majority of cities that made it into the top 15 are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved. Hoi An ranked 7th on the list, which was topped by Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende this year. In March, Hoi An claimed the 13th position in the top 25 best destinations in this year's Travelers’ Choice Awards compiled by Trip Advisor. It was praised as a "well-preserved" example of Southeast … [Read more...] about Globetrotters name Vietnam’s Hoi An among the 15 best cities in the world
National Assembly speakers visits Hungary and Czech Republic National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan concluded her visits to Hungary and the Czech Republic, which aimed to further deepen Vietnam’s relations with its traditional partners. At the meetings with Hungarian leaders, the top Vietnamese lawmaker was informed that that Vietnam was selected as a beneficiary of a framework agreement for EUR440 million credit. In the Czech Republic, during the meetings between Ngan and the European country’s leaders, both sides affirmed that the visit had contributed to facilitating relations between the two countries’ legislative bodies as well as the traditional friendly ties and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic. Party chief visits Central Highlands provinces General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid working visits to the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, where he urged them to develop high-quality agriculture towards … [Read more...] about April 10-16: Parliament speaker in Europe, Party chief in Central Highlands