Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...] about Social News 4/2
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HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for construction but … [Read more...] about Social News 5/2
Fish Noodle a taste of Rach Gia Ngoc Tran By Ngoc Tran in HCMC Residents in Kien Giang Province often say Rach Gia is famous for fish noodle and Ha Tien for seafood. But it is quite hard today to find a bowl of fish noodle prepared in the traditional way. Almost no restaurants in Rach Gia offer this specialty but Hai Tam does. Right beside the doorstep is a wooden table decorated with a nylon table-cloth. Mrs. Hai Tam is sitting behind the table, near a greasy and sweet-smelling big pot. She is quite busy pouringr the boiling broth on each bowl of noodle. On the table, there are a big basket of noodles, bowls, spoons and chopsticks. The booth is clean, spacious, equipped with high stainless steel tables. Frequent customers visibly prefer sitting around the low table, next to the seller so that they can chat with her while enjoying their noodle. Mrs. Hai Tam (born Vien Thi Lien) is 75 years old. She has done her business over 50 years, starting out her career as an apprentice to … [Read more...] about Fish Noodle a taste of Rach Gia
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?
I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, when every reputable Asian restaurant hung a sign reading "NO MSG." As a result, I came to think of the flavor additive as something sinister. Monosodium glutamate sounded like a disease or a syndrome. And nobody wanted to eat that. While America spurned MSG in "Asian food," the nation ate Doritos at barbeques and "buttered" popcorn at the movies. No Reagan-era refrigerator passed inspection without a green tube of Kraft Parmesan cheese and a bottle of Heinz ketchup sitting on the interior shelf. Few worried about the MSG in these products. The only thing that worried us, it seems, was the thought of some Chinese guy slipping it into our take-out. My fear of the flavor additive followed me to Vietnam, until last November, when Lucky Peach a new food magazine published in San Francisco ran a piece by food scientist Harold McGee largely debunking concerns about MSG. McGee revealed that speculation on the ill effects of MSG began in April of 1968 … [Read more...] about How I learned to stop worrying and love MSG