Lotus Seed Sweet soup – the Essence of Hanoi Cuisine

Malaysian chef Sazli Nazim Bin Ismail prepares food for guests at the opening of the Malaysia Gastronomy Week at Sheraton Hanoi Hotel on ​September 30 (Photo courtesy by organsier) Hanoi (VNA) – Two talented Malaysian guest chefs from hotel Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur are in Hanoi to present their country’s diverse cuisine during the Malaysia Gastronomy Week. The event, organised by Sheraton Hanoi Hotel in collaboration with the Embassy of Malaysia in Hanoi, aims to celebrate Malaysia’s National Day (August 31). Malaysia has a gastronomic tradition that combines different cuisines, from its Asian neighbours such as China and India to Western countries like Portugal, the Netherlands and the UK. This unique blend has formed a fascinating Malaysian cuisine with distinctive and familiar flavours. During the gastronomy week, Hanoian gourmets will have a chance to enjoy Malaysian dishes prepared by Malaysian chefs Sazli Nazim Bin Ismail and Mohammad Wafit Bin Mahtar. With more than 20 years of working in hospitality, chef Ismail twice won the "Most Outstanding Chef" at the Culinary Malaysia awards in 2007, 2013. His colleague, chef Mahtar won the iChef 2017 Gold Medal for "Innovative Breakfast". Alongside tasty food, customers have enjoyed various performances from Malaysian artists on August 31 and September 1. The performances feature traditional dances, traditional instrumental performances and unique Teh Tarik blending art – also known as "Pulled Tea" by the Teh Tarik ambassador Norazlin Bin Mat Janus. The Gastronomy Week includes a buffet lunch and dinner…... [read more]

The General Association of Vietnamese-Cambodian in Cambodia held a meeting on August 30 to mark the National Day. (Photo: VOV) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa on August 30 held a grand ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution Day (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung recalled the country’s historical milestone when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square 72 years ago, officially giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The more than seven decades have witnessed Vietnamese people’s tremendous efforts to overcome challenges to protect national freedom and independence as well as promote national construction, he highlighted. The Vietnamese Ambassador underlined that the Vietnamese Party and Government always cherish comprehensive partnership relations with South Africa, hoping that the two countries will further effective cooperation in fields of economy, trade, education, security and defence and environment protection. He expressed his delight over strong cooperation in various sectors between the two nations with two-way trade standing at over 1.2 billion USD in 2016. They are targeting to increase bilateral trade to 3 billion USD by 2020, he added. Meanwhile, Edward Xolisa Makaya, Chief Director for Africa at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa stated that both sides need to take advantage of the sound traditional political relations, including …... [read more]

Russian Cuisine Festival - Conference is scheduled to take place on September 21 - 22, 2017 at Mеlia Hanoi Hotel, showcasing foods and drinks made by leading Russian producers. This is a cultural and economic event in the framework of the Russian Export Centre Programme aimed to develop high quality products of the Russian food industry and promote the current capacity of Russian exporters. Russian Gastronomy Festival - Conference will be attended by officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and customs agencies, market specialists, cuisine experts, and media agencies. The programme aims to promote Russian goods and services in Vietnam and is supported at the highest level by the Russian Government. Made-in-Russia quality products meet all highest international standards while prices are considered lower than those of Western counterparts. This event is designed for not only professionals in the food industry market but also for retailers and traders in Vietnam and beyond. The programme will consist of the official opening ceremony, product and technology exhibition, product presentations, workshops and taste tests, cultural and entertainment programmes and symposiums attended by Vietnamese and Russian participants. In addition, the event will include a workshop for food market experts and officials from relevant agencies in Vietnam. Especially, for the first time in Hanoi, attendants will be introduced best foods and drinks from Russia. Market experts will have the opportunity to approach manufacturers and sellers.…... [read more]

On the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day on September 2, VIR gets an insight into foreign CEOs’ thoughts and feeling about the country’s vitality and development, and why Vietnam has become their home away from home. Vietnam has come far in the last decades, and some in the foreign business presence have witnessed its celebrations and struggles, Photo: Le Toan Ronan Le Bihan  CEO at Mango Bay Resort, Phu Quoc In 2002, I was offered a position for the setup of “Le Domaine de Tam Hai”, a beach resort in Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, Quang Nam. At that time, the only knowledge I, and many people in my country had, was that Vietnam was one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. But obviously it was still early days and development was far from where we are now. With experience in Quang Nam province and Phu Quoc island, I’ve seen two of the top tourism destinations become what they are. Both went from small village spirit to international tourism destination. The work done in Hoi An/Danang is most impressive. Not only did we see development in terms of hotels and resorts, but also in infrastructure: roads, airports, schools… everything has been done to make tourists welcome and development possible. I’ve made Phu Quoc my home for 11 years, and left it only three months ago. I’ve seen many things happen…... [read more]

(Photo: Shutterstock) Hanoi (VNA) – A banquet was held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Brazil to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day, introducing Vietnamese cuisine, cultural heritages and landscapes.  The August 28 gathering was attended by more than 350 Brazilian parliamentarians, officials, diplomats and representatives from the local business community. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Do Ba Khoa reminded his guests of the important milestone in Vietnam’s history 72 years ago when the August Revolution took place and of the country’s achievements in ensuring stability, strengthening national unity, economic development, improving living standards for people, expanding relations with foreign countries and implementing UN Millennium Development Goals. Khoa highlighted the development of Vietnam-Brazil cooperation in politics, economy and trade, security and defence, science and industry, and culture and education since the two countries established a comprehensive partnership in 2007. The development is also reflected by the two nations’ support for each other at international and regional forums, he added. He went on to give attendees an overview of Vietnam-Brazil relations in economy and trade, saying two-way trade grew from 59 million USD in 2004 to 4 billion USD in 2015 and was estimated at 3.2 billion USD last year.  Vietnam’s Hue and Hai Phong cities have set up sister-city relations with Brazil’s São Luis, Maranhão and Curitiba, Paraná, respectively while people-to-people relations have also been enhanced with the establishment of Vietnam – Brazil friendship organisations, the ambassador added. …... [read more]

BANGKOK: At a hip Bangkok diner, foodies with an adventurous palate tuck into a bug-based menu that includes watermelon salad sprinkled in bamboo worms, nachos with silkworm cherry tomato salsa and pasta made from ground crickets. Edible winged ants being placed on a fish fillet inside the kitchen of Insects in the Backyard, which says it offers the first insect-based fine-dining menu in Bangkok. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha) Abundant and stacked with protein, insects have long been a favourite snack among Thai farmers. But they have often carried a negative image, perceived as "food for the poor" in a country with profound class divides. Now bugs are creeping onto the menu of some of Bangkok's high-end restaurants as the capital's gourmands leap on the latest global food trend with a sustainable agenda. Customers seated inside Insects in the Backyard - bugs are creeping onto the menu of some of Bangkok's high-end restaurants. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha) Ratta Bussakornnun, a 27-year-old who works in the cosmetics industry, admitted she was initially sceptical as she sat for a meal recently at Insects in the Backyard, which says it offers Bangkok's first insect-themed fine-dining menu. Many wealthier Thais, she said, think of insects as "unappetising and dirty". But by the end of her meal she was won over. "I just ate scallops topped with bamboo worms and…... [read more]

Fried bamboo caterpillars being placed on a watermelon salad inside the kitchen of Insects in the Backyard, which says it offers the first insect-based fine-dining menu, in Bangkok. Photo by AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha At a hip Bangkok diner, foodies with an adventurous palate tuck into a bug-based menu that includes watermelon salad sprinkled in bamboo worms, nachos with silkworm cherry tomato salsa and pasta made from ground crickets. Abundant and stacked with protein, insects have long been a favourite snack among Thai farmers. But they have often carried a negative image, perceived as "food for the poor" in a country with profound class divides. Now bugs are creeping onto the menu of some of Bangkok's high-end restaurants as the capital's gourmands leap on the latest global food trend with a sustainable agenda. Ratta Bussakornnun, a 27-year-old who works in the cosmetics industry, admitted she was initially sceptical as she sat for a meal recently at Insects in the Backyard, which says it offers Bangkok's first insect-themed fine-dining menu. Many wealthier Thais, she said, think of insects as "unappetizing and dirty". But by the end of her meal she was won over. "I just ate scallops topped with bamboo worms and a fish fillet with an ant egg sauce. It was delicious," she beamed, a gentle jazz track playing overhead in the dimly lit restaurant. "The food is well presented," she added. "This gives an impression of sophistication." The restaurant is located in Chang Chui -- an arty district in western Bangkok…... [read more]

NDO - A wide range of activities have been held in localities across the nation to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam's National Day (September 2). On August 27, Ly Thai To monument in Hoan Kiem District and the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sport organised the fourth Hanoi Open Cycling Tournament 2017. The tournament features the participation of almost 400 athletes from 42 bike clubs of Hanoi, other provinces and cities across the country. This year’s competition, which includes eight categories, is one of a number of cultural and sporting events to mark the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). The sporting event is expected to promote the movement requiring the public to take part in physical activities following the example of Uncle Ho, strengthening the friendly relations between Hanoi and the provinces and cities throughout the country. On the same day, in Tuy Hoa city, the 27th Phu Yen Newspaper cross-country running tournament 2017 was organised by the Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Phu Yen Newspaper. The event attracts over 200 athletes from 24 teams, who will compete in six categories. On the evening of August 27, a ceremony held in Hanoi to honour and present scholarships to 50 outstanding students, who are children of AO victims and wounded or fallen soldiers. The event was attended by former Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. The ceremony aims to honour and encourage the students…... [read more]

Written by editor-in-chief of the Monitor Oltenia newspaper Cristian Toma, the book reflects his experience of Vietnam during a fact-finding tour of the country. Admiration for the beauty of Vietnamese nature and people, and the development of the country feature in the first part of the book. “Vietnam: Peace, Integration and Development” is published by the Romanian Craiova University Publishing House  The following part provides an insight into Vietnam’s geographical location, political institutions, culture, history, religion, art, festivals, cuisine and tourist attractions. Notably, the author stressed that Vietnam has improved its position in the international arena and has contributed to regional and international forums like ASEAN and the UN. The Doi moi (Reform) process in the past three decades helped Vietnam gain comprehensive development in economy and politics, improving the livelihoods of its people, according to the book. Regarding the East Sea issue, Toma gave legal and historical proof affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. The book is billed as an encyclopedia about Vietnam and is expected to bring the country’s culture, people and achievements closer to Romanian readers. Previously, Toma wrote about Vietnam in Romanian media such as editie.ro and monitoruldeoltenia.com. Source: VNA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Indian food lovers should head to Saigon Café on level 1 of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers to join an Indian Food Festival featuring two Indian guest chefs from August 22 to 27. The Indian Food Festival takes place at Saigon Café on level 1 of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers from August 22 to 27, featuring two Indian guest chefs – Photo: Courtesy of Sheraton Saigon Demi Chef de Partie Suresh Chandra and Sous Chef Gaurav Malhotra from the Ashok Hotel in New Delhi will create special menus during the promotion time. Guests will have the opportunity to try authentic Indian cuisine including Gosht Roganjosh, Matar Paneer, Kadai Prawn, Dal Makhani, Yellow Dal Tadka, Veg Biryani, and Matar Pulao. Diners should not miss a chance to savor the mouth-watering desserts with Indian-style like Coconut Payasam, Gulab Jamun, Pineapple Halwa, Seviyan Kheer, Double Ka Meetha, and Kala Jamun. The price is around VND1.4 million ++ per person from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. between August 22 and 26 and VND1.588 million++ from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 27. The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is located at 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, HCMC, tel: 08 3827 2828. Source: SGT related news Why an Indian restaurant stands out in Viet Nam Sheraton Saigon re-launches Saigon café restaurant... [read more]




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