The Banh u (pyramid sticky rice cake) is one of the essential dishes for Tet Doan Ngo, a Vietnamese summer festival during which people are believed to cleanse the body and spirit. This year, Tet Doan Ngo falls on Friday. The festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is also referred to as the pest killing festival. This year, three days before the festival, Nguyen Van Tri’s family started to prepare thousands of pyramid-shaped sticky rice cakes to sell on this occasion. In a small alley off Pham The Hien street, his family got busy making and wrapping the cake in bamboo leaves. "The vocation of making sticky rice cake in bamboo leaves was introduced to this hamlet in 1975," Tri said. "Back then, everyone in this long alley was involved, but now, only 20 households are doing it now. Tri recalled the happy time when Tet Doan Ngo approached, and the entire hamlet got busy, soaking the rice, washing the wrapping leaves and … [Read more...] about Saigon hamlet makes rice cakes for summer cleansing festival
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Friends from far: An increasing number of foreign tourists have visited Sơn Islet in Cần Thơ Province since community-based tourism was introduced to the area. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm Viet Nam News By Thanh Liêm At Phan Kim Ngân’s house, visitors can make their own local traditional cakes and enjoy a buffet consisting of nearly 50 kinds of cakes. Ngân’s is one of many households offering community-based tourism services on Cồn Sơn or Sơn Islet, located in Bình Thủy District in the southern city of Cần Thơ. Nguyễn Thu Liễu’s family from the northern city of Hải Phòng visited Ngân’s house during their three-day trip to Cần Thơ Province in early July. “We arrived at the islet during a rainy spell so we could not visit all the places that we had planned to, but we still enjoyed our trip and had fun making our own … [Read more...] about Make your own traditional cakes in Cần Thơ
Viet Nam News Hoàng Nguyên, 24, was born in a business family in the central city of Đà Nẵng and graduated from the Academy of Journalism and Communication, but chose to pursue neither career. Instead, he became a pastry chef. Now, after overcoming a myriad challenges, he is the proud owner of Bana Bakery with the famous bánh kem sầu riêng (durian cream cake) and the author of a bakery cookbook that sells like er… hot cakes. This year he plans to write a second book containing recipes for 70 cakes and an online book on traditional Vietnamese cakes in English and Vietnamese. Thu Ngân speaks to Nguyên. Inner Sanctum: How were your early days in baking? What inspired your love for cake making? I still remember… It was a day when I was in secondary school. My sister, who signed up for a bakery class, did not want to go alone and asked me to accompany her. I think it was destiny. I did a good job in that class, especially … [Read more...] about The icing on the cake for young chef
An exhibition on Hue’s traditional cakes is taking place in the former imperial city of Hue to introduce the diversity of the locality’s cuisine, especially cakes. On display are 30 different types of Hue’s traditional cakes, some are on verge of extinction. Hue is famous for its cakes. They have been an integral part of Hue cuisine that attracts tourists whenever they set foot on the land of the ancient capital. The way to make Hue cakes is fastidious, showing the dedication of Hue people in every dish. Each type of cake has its own receipe and ingridients, which are carefully selected and mixed together. During the event, visitors also have a chance to talk to cake making artisans and experience how to make Hue cakes. The event, taking place at the Hue culture museum, will run until August 22.-VNA … [Read more...] about Taste of Hue’s cake on display
Companies in Vietnam have experienced fierce competition over the last few years, both qualitative and quantitative. Many have been forced to close down while others are still in business but struggling to move forward. The question is how to make a brand not only sustainable but also grow in value in the context of fierce global competition and rapid digitalization. There are many approaches to answering this question. Here I note the three key driving forces for brands: digital transformation, globalization, and brand leadership. In my observation, these forces help grow a company’s brand value if implemented successfully. Customer-centric digital transformation Unlike in the past, customers now have many brand choices for a particular product in Vietnam. Let’s take bakery goods for example. Customers would have previously mentioned Kinh Do in the south or Hai Ha in the north, but today they may name a long list of bakery brands: Top Cake, Tous Les Jours, ABC, … [Read more...] about How best to maintain brand value?