VietNamNet Bridge – There are obvious attractions to living abroad. You get to experience a different culture and enjoy other opportunities that may not exist back home. The challenges to this are obvious too, and nowhere are they more apparent than the adjustments you might need to make to your eating and drinking habits. This is the area where people often see “clear and present dangers”, with popular TV programmes highlighting exotic dishes like deep friend insects, snakes and ‘congealed blood cakes.’ Adding to this challenge are subtle aspects of a different dining etiquette that could the typical guide book might not inform you about. That said, expats moving to Viet Nam should be glad to know that Vietnamese cuisine is often described as one of the healthiest in the world, not to mention delicious. It is generally low in fat and calories, and bursting with ingredients full of antioxidants and nutrients. Ingredients and groceries, in general … [Read more...] about Indulge your appetite for healthy food
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Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
A number of dragon fruit growers and traders in the south-central province of Binh Thuan do not know what to do with their newly-harvested fruits except for dumping them by the roadsides in huge piles. The red-skinned fruits with white flesh have been abandoned along the streets leading to the dragon fruit farms in Ham Thuan Nam District. Some local cattle farmers even treat their cows to the fruits, instead of their traditional grass. Dragon fruit, or pitaya, is a fruit of cactus species with leathery, slightly leafy skin. Its flesh is full of black, crunchy seeds like that of the kiwis. The flesh has low calories and is eaten raw, tasting mildly sweet. Dragon fruit growers are yielding a booming crop this year, but prices have constantly tumbled over the last month, forcing them to dispose of the fruit as selling it would only lead to heavier losses, they lamented. Good-looking and high-quality dragon fruits sold for … [Read more...] about Growers dump dragon fruits in Vietnam as prices slump
Brown Flower Ceramic exhibition by Trinh Vu Hieu Exhibition: 22 – 31 Jan 2016 Module 7 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi Brown flower ceramic is showcased with strong engravings and soaring coat with Ly-Tran styled brown bone, showing a new line of decorative pottery, attractive and contemporary. As an interior designer and abstract painter, and then becoming an ceramic artist, Trinh Vu Hieu appeared to have a simple career path, no force or constrain, like a funny journey. His debut exhibition on brown ceramics inspired by ancient pottery artifacts from Ly-Tran dynasties is a strong evidence for that. Film Screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” Fri 29 Jan 2016, 7.30 pm Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi Dear film lovers, in the last week before Tet holiday, you are invited to the film screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” directed by Johnnie To, with the participation of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON JANUARY 15-30 (DAILY UPDATE)