On Tan Ky - Tan Quy Street in Saigon, many stalls have been selling grilled fish for more than a decade. But they are busiest on the Day of the God of Wealth, which this year falls on February 14 (10th day of the lunar year). From the previous evening workers at the stalls were busy making fire and preparing and grilling the fish for the morning. The God of Wealth, worshipped by many families, is believed to control money and finance. People, especially families doing business, pray to Him for wealth and luck for the whole year. In the south, when people pray to Him, they usually make offerings of gold, fruit, grilled meat and, unfailingly, grilled snakehead fish. The grilled fish stalls had to employ more staff to work throughout the night. Each person was in charge of a particular task like keeping the charcoal fire going, skewering the fish on sticks and washing vegetables. "On normal days we have only five people to help, but when the Day of the God of Wealth comes we need 10 … [Read more...] about When people spend the night grilling snakehead fish for God of Wealth
Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in the Lunar New Year. Many people purchase boxes of matches and lighters in a hope that they will bring them good luck throughout the year. A blessing from a Confucian scholar Asking for a blessing from calligraphers on the first days of the Lunar New Year is a popular tradition in Vietnam. The custom of asking for such words is a cultural practice surrounding people’s beliefs and their aspirations to do good. Gold Traditionally, Vietnamese people buy gold to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Grilled snakehead In Ho Chi Minh City, grilled snakeheads are a must when worshipping the Gods of Wealth. This is usually done if you're hope for a prosperity in the new year. Roasted pigs and ducks … [Read more...] about A guide to the top items which bring luck for the year ahead
Viet Nam News Văn Châu CẦN THƠ — Lê Trung Tín, a farmer in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Cần Thơ, makes a good living, training a bunch of snakehead fish to leap out of a pond. Tourists often visit to see the fancy trick and later eat a tasty meal made of the fish. Tín, whose pond and house is located on Cồn Sơn (Sơn Islet), has bred the fish for 20 years. Initially, he gave them fresh food but later used processed feed to encourage the fish to jump out of the water. Gradually, the fish began to “fly” up to 40 to 50 centimetres above the water to catch the food. “Unlike other snakehead fish which often dive deep underwater, my fish leap from the water to snatch their food," Tín said. Before he began training the fish, he sold all of them before Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday every year, earning about VNĐ200 million (US$9,500), with profit of about VNĐ90 … [Read more...] about A fish out of water: Cần Thơ’s newest tourist attraction
Back to English Comments Travel & Life - December 14, 2018 | 10:32 pm GMT+7 Here is all you need to knowto visit this popular place in southern Vietnam.Best time to visit The ideal time to travel to Phu Quoc, Vietnam's biggest island, is from November to April. This is the dry season in southern Vietnam, and the sea will be calm and the weather perfect for outdoor activities. It is the best time to unwind and relax on the beach or take a dip in the cool water. Backpackers and those who want to go on an adventure should be mindful and bring enough water and sun-protection gear since things can get really hot. From April to October is the rainy season. But it is also the peak season on Phu Quoc since it is the summer vacation. The island gets extremely crowded and all prices go up.How to get there The best way to travel to Phu Quoc, from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is by plane. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air have daily direct flights. Phu Quoc … [Read more...] about 2 days or more on Phu Quoc, the pearl island – VnExpress International
Châu Đốc-style snakehead fish soup with rice vermicelli is a favourite at Bún Cá Lóc Plan Lê restaurant in HCM City. VNS photos Minh Phi Viet Nam News Diners in HCM City should check out Bún Cá Lóc Phan Lê, a new restaurant that will surely please lovers of all things fishy. Mỹ Duyên reports. Do you sometimes long for your Mekong Delta home and hunger for bún cá lóc Châu Đốc style (snakehead fish soup with rice vermicelli) when the flood season comes, the time when the fish is especially tasty? Look no further: you can now find the traditional delicacy at a new restaurant in HCM City. Located on Cao Thắng Street in District 3, Bún Cá Lóc Phan Lê is renowned for its snakehead fish soup cooked Châu Đốc style and other snakehead fish specialties: fish head, filet and maw. With a good street view and eye-catching … [Read more...] about Fancy a snakehead fish, head and all?