Young chef introduces Vietnamese cuisine globally

There are now five restaurants serving Vietnamese traditional dishes in Kuala Lumpur. All of them are located in main roads of the capital. These restaurants have been highlighted in many local newspapers. Many Vietnamese specialties, such as Ca kho to (spiced fish stew), Goi cuon (rolling salad), Pho bo (rice noodle and beef soup), Banh mi thit (pock bread), Canh chua ca loc (sour mudfish soup), Cha gio (spring rolls) and Bun bo Hue (Hue beef noodle) are introduced to customers by Vietnamese names on the top of menu, above their names in English and Malaysian languages. Customers often look through menu while listening to Vietnamese folksongs. Owner of Little Saigon Restaurant, Ta Hong Lan, said many foreigners, especially Western people, ask for Vietnamese noodle soup because they know it is a traditional food and a national characteristic of Vietnam. Ms Lan said she and her husband used to be electronic engineers. They left Vietnam for the US in 1975, and then moved to Malaysia seven years ago because her husband’s company offered him the position of chief representative of its branch in Southeast Asia. In the hope of introducing and advertising Vietnamese traditional cuisine to international friends, as well as satisfying their own desires, they cooperated with some close friends to open the Little Saigon. Little Saigon Restaurant 14 Jalan 30/70A Desa Sri Hartamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Located in a convenient location with many other Western restaurants, Little Saigon Restaurant attracted many customers from various countries. Thanks to…... [read more]

“The festival contributes to better understanding between the two peoples and helps preserve Vietnamese cultural identity,” said a spokesperson for the organizers of the event. The event featured a wide array of traditional Vietnamese dance, folk songs, and martial art performances along with a number of short video clips introducing Vietnam’s tourism and popular tourist destinations. In 2013, the Czech government recognized the OVs community as a minority group. This status has enabled them to learn their mother language and preserve traditions.... [read more]

Revelling in traditional cuisine in Vietnam House By Tien Dat in HCMC Built in 1992 and located in the center of HCMC, Vietnam House Restaurant is an impressive colonial-style house with Vietnamese folk design and decorations, making it a cozy and comfortable place. Diners will be at ease in the family-atmosphere of oriental culture and Vietnamese traditional cuisine with typical flavors of dishes of the northern, southern and central Vietnam. The restaurant's ground floor, with capacity for 40 guests, is ideal for those seeking tranquility and a traditional Vietnamese culinary experience accompanied with the sweet melody of piano tunes. Meanwhile, the first floor, with capacity for 80 to 90 guests, is for diners who have a passion for Vietnamese ethnic music and musical instruments, with performance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday. The second floor is suitable for private parties or buffets, with capacity for 100 guests and featuring a conference hall. Recently, the restaurant is offering gastronomes a "Gift from Lotus" menu featuring outstanding dishes made from lotus. The lotus flower is endowed with a simple and noble beauty. It is a familiar item in Vietnamese life and in cuisine can be made to delicious and nutritious dishes. Taking advantage of the lotus flower the chefs at Vietnamese House have made unique and outstanding dishes with lotus, including pork, shrimp and lotus rootlet salad, steamed rice with chicken wrapped in lotus leaves, sticky rice wrapped with lotus leaves, steamed duck with lotus, lotus bulb soup with pork and…... [read more]

The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union yesterday evening held a meeting and exchange culture between the city students and nearly 300 students from Laos, Cambodia who are living in Ho Chi Minh City, on the occasion of the traditional Tet- Bunpimay and Chol Chnam Thmay. The event took place in friendly and warm atmosphere through special art music performances. Specially, young people from Laos and Cambodia celebrated the rituals for tying someone's wrists together and water splashing in the New Year to pray love, peace, longevity, good health, success and happiness. At the meeting, the city leader offered gifts and banqueted Vietnamese traditional cuisine to young people and students from two neighboring countries. On behalf of the city leader, Deputy Head of the HCMC Party Committee's Public Relations Le Trong Hieu wished health, good luck and success to all students on their traditional Tet. He also desired the young generation will continue to study well and contribute further for developing and building their countries adding that the students of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam will strengthen further friendly relations, solidarity and cooperative relations in the upcoming years. Earlier, nearly 300 young people and students from Laos and Cambodia took part in exchange activities with the city students such as seminar on environment protection and dealing with climate change, picnic and others.... [read more]

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh met several Mexican senior officials to boost culture and tourism cooperation during his visit to the Central American country from August 13 to 15. In a meeting with Mexican Deputy Minister of Tourism Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, Anh briefed his host on Viet Nam’s achievements in tourism as well as in the joint implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in tourism signed in Hanoi in 2006. He suggested the two sides develop a cooperation agreement for 2015-2020 with a focus on enhancing the capacity of human resources for the tourism sector. Echoing Anh’s opinion on the need to devise a long-term and comprehensive cooperation agreement between the two nations, the Deputy Minister underlined the significance of promoting tourism potential and products in their respective markets. He also stressed the magnitude of launching a direct flight route between Viet Nam and Mexico, facilitating visa processes and conducting business delegation exchanges. Meanwhile, meeting with President of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta) Rafael Tovar Y de Teresa, Anh highlighted cultural and art exchanges as key points for the future cooperation agreement between the two nations. For his part, President Tovar lauded the guest’s recommendations for cooperation, saying that showcasing cultural relics and organising film weeks in their respective countries are among immediate activities to boost bilateral cooperation. He also invited Viet Nam to participate in the 44th International Cervantes Festival taking place on October 7 in the central state…... [read more]

On October 9, Viet Nam Culture Day was celebrated by more than 1,000 Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) and Czech nationals at Brno City. "The festival contributes to better understanding between the two peoples and helps preserve Vietnamese cultural identity", said a spokesperson for the organizers of the event. The event featured a wide array of Vietnamese traditional dance, folk songs, and martial art performances along with a number of short video clips introducing Viet Nam’s tourism and popular tourist destinations. Participants also had chance to taste Vietnamese traditional cuisine such as Bun Rieu (Rice noodle with crab), Pho (noodle soup served with beef and chicken), and spring rolls. In 2013, the Czech government recognized the OVs community as a minority group. This status has enabled them to learn their mother language and preserve traditions.... [read more]

(VOV) -More than 2,000 Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) living and studying in the Republic of Korea (RoK) attended the fourth Vietnam Cultural Festival, which recently wrapped up at Chodang University in Jeollanam-do province. The festival was held in celebration of the 69th anniversary of the August Revolution and Vietnam's National Day (September 2) and coincides with the 22nd anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the RoK. Organisers of the event said it aimed to strengthen solidarity and exchange among the OVs community in the RoK while promoting the images of Vietnam as a friendly, peace loving and hospitable nation. At the festival, participants had ample opportunities to attend and participate in traditional folk games and art performances, and enjoy Vietnamese traditional cuisine. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Manh Dong spoke glowingly of the association's activities over past years and expressed his hope that the OVs community in the RoK will continue to promote their spirit of mutual support and assistance. The festival was organised by the local Vietnamese Association with support from the Vietnam Embassy in the RoK, Chodang University and Kumho Tire.... [read more]

(VOV) -A traditional get-together was held at the Vietnam Embassy in Australia on January 19 in the lead up to the up coming Lunar New Year of Horse (Tet). Tet get-togethers for Vietnamese in Egypt, Canada Vietnamese in Taiwan welcome Lunar New Year Get-together for Vietnamese in Algeria Vietnam Ambassador to Australia Hoang Vinh Thanh along with representative from the Vietnamese community and international friends attended the event. Speaking at the event, Vietnam Ambassador Vinh Thanh spoke glowingly about Vietnam's major accomplishments in 2013 and discussed its goals for the upcoming New Year. He voiced his hope that the overseas Vietnamese in Australia will continue to contribute to the development of the country. He also underscored the importance of maintaining friendly cooperative relations between Vietnam and Australia and noted that the two countries are planning numerous activities in celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties. He said that the Australian Government provided an estimated AUD159.1 million in official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in 2013-2014 and continued to offer scholarships to hundreds of Vietnamese students. At the meeting, participants had an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese traditional cuisine including Chung cake and spring rolls.... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— Foyer Viet Nam, a restaurant featuring Vietnamese traditional cuisine, made its debut in Paris' District 5 on Wednesday. Dinh Toan Thang, Minister of the Vietnamese Embassy in France, attended the opening ceremony along with representatives from local authorities. Addressing the event, Foyer Viet Nam President Nguyen Binh said he hoped to create a space for Vietnamese organisations to meet and share information. The restaurant's website currently provides information on accommodation and job opportunities for Vietnamese students in France. Each meal served will contribute 20 French centimes (0.20 EUR) to a fund for charitable and cultural activities and scholarships for disadvantaged students in Viet Nam.-VNS... [read more]

Nhan Dan - The 2013 Vietnam Festival in Japan officially drew to close in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park on September 15. Addressing the closing ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung expressed his thanks to the Vietnamese and Japanese agencies, organisations and artists who participated in the festival. The two-day festival featured 133 booths introducing Vietnamese traditional cuisine, handicrafts and tourist destinations. A wide variety of cultural and arts programmes, which drew the participation of Vietnamese and Japanese artists and singers, also attracted many visitors to the festival. The highlight of the festival was an exhibition entitled 'Vietnam House', which displayed photographs reflecting the material, cultural and spiritual life of the Vietnamese people, as well as gongs and other traditional musical instruments. The exhibition made a strong impression on Japanese visitors, especially those who had never been to Vietnam. The same day, Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung and Iwao Matsuda, the head of the festival's organising board, held talks with visitors to the festival who were interested in friendship ties between the two countries. The 2013 Vietnam Festival in Japan was held as part of 'Vietnam Days in Japan' to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties between the two countries. The 2014 Vietnam Festival in Japan is scheduled to take place on September 13-14, 2014.... [read more]

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