Viet Nam News Vietnamese award-winning bartender Phạm TiếnTiếp is the perfect example of the rags-to-riches success story. From a poor countryside boy to a champion bartender, and currently, a Master of Mixology, his life is one of challenges and surprises. He talks with Thúy Hằng about his determination to achieve his life's goals and his unlimited indulgence for the art of mixology. Inner Sanctum: You tried out several jobs before becoming a bartender. Can you tell us about that period of your life? Wow, it is a long story. I was born in a small village in the northern province of Hưng Yên, and I experienced a hard childhood. At the age of 15, I left school and moved to Hà Nội to find a job. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I started off as a shoeshine boy, and then moved on to become a waiter in a phở stand and later a textile worker. While working as a waiter at a bar in the Old Quarter area, I was mesmerised by the lissome and skillful movements of foreign bartenders … [Read more...] about Mixing things up for a living, and how!
Sweet and sour fish soup
"Dit" leaves and chicken are made into sweet and sour soup, which is a unique dish found only in mountainous communes of Phu Yen. Its stem isn't big, its root diameter is as large as a finger, the largest tree has a size of a fist, the highest body is about 0.5 m, with several branches, yellow green leaves; when pressed, the leaves are scented and taste sour. Ingredients for a delicious sweet and sour soup include chicken, chicken's inside part, "dit" leaves. The dish is cooked with many kinds of seafood as crabs and fish is a delicious sour soup; however, it is the most delicious and popular soup when cooked with chicken. Chicken meat is chopped into small pieces, chicken's inside part is sliced and mixed with a little fish sauce. On stove, … [Read more...] about “Dit” leaves sweet and sour soup with chicken
(TITC) – The world’s famous travel guide book publisher "Lonely Planet" has just announced the top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost for 2016. Both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City have ranked 2nd. Located in the Red Rive Delta, topography of Ha Noi is alternated by rivers, lakes, mountainous and hills forming many beautiful sightseeing such as: Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Ba Vi Mountain, Huong Son Landscape…In addition, over 1,000 years of establishment and development with many ups and downs of history, Ha Noi still remains its valuable ancient architecture works including Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Ha Noi, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Su Pagoda, Long Bien Bridge…and maintains many famous traditional craft villages such as Bat Trang Pottery Village, Ngu Xa Bronze Casting Village, Van Phuc Silk Village… Belonging to the monsoon tropical climate region, Ha Noi has four seasons of spring, summer, … [Read more...] about Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City listed in top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost
(VOVworld) – For Vietnamese, family meals are a time for family reunions. They help not only form family traditions and guarantee family happiness, maintain order and discipline, but also create the national cultural identity. Having married each other for almost a decade, Nguyen Thu Trang and her husband from Hanoi’s outlying district of Thanh Tri have maintained at least a meal a day with the attendance of all family members. The couple is at work from morning till late evening while their two children are day-boarders. So either breakfasts or dinners are the happiest time when they can stay together to exchange their stories during the day. Trang said for her and many other women, "cooking a delicious meal for the family is happiness, a way to express the love of women for their husbands and children. At weekend I always cook the favorite dishes ò my husband and children or teach my daughter to cook traditional food to create a bond of affection and care … [Read more...] about Family meals nurture happiness
Bún are thin vermicelli noodles made from rice, and bún thang is a special kind of noodle soup comprised of rice vermicelli, thinly sliced chicken pieces, omelet, Vietnamese ham, mushrooms, and chopped fresh herbs. One of its secret ingredents is a tiny dollop of shrimp paste, which helps to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients, and the combination of mild chicken broth and pungent shrimp paste is simply divine. Bún thang can be found in many places in Hanoi, but the most legendary recipe belongs to a Mrs. Ẩm, a famous cook in the twentieth century. Her recipe for bún thang was adapted by her daughter and son-in-law to serve in their restaurant, Vườn Ẩm Thực. Even though it is quite pricey compared to other places, it is well worth a visit. Address: 37 Cua Nam, Hanoi, Vietnam Bún thang | © Vy Dan Tran Phở is among the most internationally well known Vietnamese dishes, and it is frequently served in … [Read more...] about 10 must-try noodle soups in Hanoi
Fish bowl challenge – do you dare? By Kim Thuy  June 27, 2016 | 03:26 pm GMT+7 Sour fish soup- a popular dish on the day-to-day Vietnamese menu - has been transformed into a cocktail. The soup may not an be “easy” dish to swallow at first as it contains heartleaf, something that even some Vietnamese shrink back frome because of its fishy taste. However, if you hold on for the whole taste sensation, it is said you will be hooked. The fishy taste is light and you feel a unique sweetness when you chew it slowly. The leaf is also the essence of the cocktail. However, with its other elements, you don’t need to worry about the fishy taste. Instead, it offers a unique flavor - if you have the nerve to try. Tip: You can find the cocktail at La Plume Bar&Lounge, 3rd Floor, Press Club Building, 59A Ly Thai To Street, Hanoi. The cocktail was invented in 2015 by Pham Tien Tiep, an outsatnding Vietnamese bartender, and given the name " Full Moon" … [Read more...] about Fish bowl challenge – do you dare?
Soldier river barb fish and carp are both specialties of the Mekong Delta as well as species in need of urgent protection. In appearance they are similar, having white scales, red dorsal fins, weighing about 5 kilos, with tasty flesh and few bones. Rare and precious species According to veteran fishermen in An Huu Commune of Cai Be District in the southern province of Tien Giang, soldier river barb fish weighing about 10 kilos, normally thrive in Tien and Hau Rivers in the Mekong Delta. After the annual flood season, the adult fish migrates upstream to lay eggs after which the baby fish swim downstream to seek food and grow bigger. … [Read more...] about Successful propagation of ‘Soldier River Barb’ fish
Phung Island is the long strip of green in the Tien River below the arch of Rach Mieu Bridge. Like most of Ben Tre Province, it’s dotted with houses and covered with coconut trees.Our visit to Phung, or Phoenix Island, started at the now-defunct Rach Mieu Ferry Station in Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh District, on the Ben Tre side of the bridge.We boarded a small passenger boat and headed off. Along the way our guide pointed out four islands named after sacred animals: dragon, kylin, tortoise and phoenix, our destination.The boat passed close by the river bank so that we could get a close look at the nipa palms and apple mangroves, the latter being a species of native aquatic plant that produces edible round, flat fruit with a combination sweet and sour taste.Soon we came to a wooden bridge, where we alighted to visit various places of interest, starting with a small factory churning out coconut candy and rice paper.Coconut candy is a specialty of Ben Tre, aptly nicknamed … [Read more...] about Boating and more in Ben Tre
With its secluded location in the Nui Chua National Park and its views of Vinh Hy Bay, the Central Pavilion restaurant at Viet Nam's newest luxury resort caters to the moneyed set. Xuan Hiep tucks in. … [Read more...] about Fine dining in an ultra-fine setting
Hanoi has many delicious delicacies that once tried one will never forget their distinct Vietnamese taste. One of them is Bun rieu cua (vermicelli and sour crab soup), a favourite dish of Hanoians. Vermicelli and sour crab soup is not too difficult to cook, however to make the dish distinctive it requires delicate processing skills. There are many stalls selling the dish located on small streets, small lanes or even in a corner of a market, but it is those that prepare the most attractive soup that have the most customers. The dish is very eye-catching thanks to the yellow colour of crab water, crab-roe and the red of tomatoes. For vermicelli and sour crab soup the broth is the most important that is processed from fresh field crabs. It requires many stages, from grinding and filtering to cooking. Additionally, it is necessary to select white and soft vermicelli and raw vegetables to serve with the dish. The delicious dish must have the sweet taste of field crabs, sour of … [Read more...] about Vermicelli and Sour Crab Soup