Sunday, March 15, 2015

Roast Duck Noodle Soup - Mì vịt

 Roast Duck Noodle Soup - Mì vịt

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  • 2 duck legs (600g)
  • 2 pcs ginger thumb-sized
  • cooking wine (rice wine/ vodka)
  • salt, sugar, chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1½ tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp each oyster sauce, sesame oil and dark soy sauce
  • 6 Shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water 15 mins
  • green papaya or kohlrabi, carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 bundles egg noodles
  • 2 bok choy
  • 1 pc each star anis, cinnamon, black cardamom

Friday, March 13, 2015

Gifted beauty of Quang Binh

Quang Binh is just like an imposing picture with beautiful forest, sea and many other landscapes that are very famous as Ngang pass, Ly Hoa pass, Nhat Le seaport, Hac Hai, Cong Troi lagoon and Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Quang Binh is a Coastal Province in North Central part. It places in the narrowest land of Vietnam. To the North, Quang Binh borders Ha Tinh Province by Hoanh Son mountain chain and borders Quang Tri Province to the South.

Towards the East, Quang Binh borders the East Sea and towards the West, it borders Kham Muon Province of Lao by Truong Son mountain chain.

There are not many places in Viet Nam that has such advantages for developing tourism like Quang Binh Province. With an area of 8,065 square kilometers, Quang Binh has three kinds of geographical terrains, including forests, hills and mountains, and coastal areas.

Gifted beauty of Quang Binh

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Glowing Lanterns of Ancient Hoi An

The tradition to decorate the ancient town in Hoi An with multi-colored lanterns, which started three centuries ago, is still continued today on the fourteenth night of each lunar month in this small town in central Vietnam.

The Glowing Lanterns of Ancient Hoi An

The history of the lanterns

In the past, Vietnamese people often put oil lamps in decorative spherical and hexagonal lantern shades, which were hung in the eaves and both sides of the door in the Chinese style. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Faifo (the name of Hoi An`s ancient town at that time) was bustling with foreign merchants from the Netherlands, India, and Japan around the clock. Japanese merchants often hung tube and canary-shaped lanterns along the poles in front of their houses, which lit up the whole commercial quarters at night with a glowing, mysterious light. Locals began hanging lanterns out as well, with hopes for bringing good luck and coziness to the town.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Some attractive sites in Tien Giang province

Tien Giang, located to the North of the Mekong Delta, alongside the North of Tien River. Tien Giang's economy depends mainly on agriculture, and handicraft industry. Attractive sites include Thoi Son Islet, Dong Tam Snake Farm, and Dong Thap Muoi Area, Vinh Trang Pagoda.

                                                                                                     Vinh Trang Pagoda
                                                                                                     Vinh Trang Pagoda

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Five-colored Sticky Rice of Tay Ethnic Group

The five colors of the dish symbolize five basic elements including yellow of earth, green of wood, red of fire, white of metal, black of water.

Five-colored Sticky Rice of Tay Ethnic Group

Tay ethnic group mostly live in Viet Bac, north central highland and highland regions in Vietnam. Five-colored sticky rice is a traditional dish of the Tay which is usually made in festivals, ceremonies, 5th of May, whenever the family has reputable guests, etc.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wild Lak Lake

Lak Lake (Lak District, Dak Lak Province) is one of the must-go destinations when one visits Dak Lak Province in particular and the Central Highlands of Vietnam in general. The natural beauty and its fresh atmosphere, elephant riding and dug-out canoe rowing on the lake also attract visitors.
Rowing a dug-out canoe on Lak Lake, one can enjoy its sapphire coloured water, and see fish swimming in the clear water and even hear the sound of a fish catching its prey in a quiet space. The serene ambience and the idyllically glassy water make one forget all the worries of daily life.

Riding an elephant to cross the lake also amazes tourists. Each elephant often carries two tourists and a mahout. On the elephant’s back, it seems like being in the middle of an endless lake. This is also a combination of tourism and wildlife conservation as elephants in the Central Highlands are endangered. 
A dug-out canoe crosses Lak Lake. Photo: Tat Son/VNP

  The pier for dug-out canoes at Lak Lake. Photo: Tat Son/VNP

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tết 2015 in Hanoi (the Year of the Goat)

A good luck wish for
the New Year
New Year decoration at
 a shopping mall in Hanoi
It has been six years since my last Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) celebration in Hanoi as I often traveled in other cities of Vietnam and abroad during the holiday. This year we have a long holiday (9 days) so it is a good chance for our family reunion. I spent the week before Tết learning to drive a car. This was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed learning this new skill. I found a private instructor and he often arranged another learner going with me, so that we could share the cost. Our driving lesson lasted 5 hours every morning and it cost us USD 10 per hour. However, some days I drove by myself under instructor's guidance and we traveled over 130km on different roads. The week before Tết is always the busiest time of the year. The road is very crowded and the traffic is unorganized at times. On the first day of my driving lesson I had to drive on a busy highway. I still remember that day as I drove like a drunk, sometimes moving toward left side, sometimes toward right side. Every day we drove to a driving course outside Hanoi which is quiet comparing with other sites where 20 cars may practise at the same time. However, we only practised there for an hour then back on the road again.

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