Grapefruit salad with prawns, a healthy dish with stunning flavour. VNS Photo Tùng Trương Viet Nam News If you’re looking for a wide open space away from the city to enjoy a family meal, then head down to Sunshine on the Red River. Minh Thu reports When my family looks for a venue to gather at the weekend, we prefer to find a place which is spacious enough for around 20 people and child-friendly. Nắng Sông Hồng (Sunshine on Red River) Restaurant is an ideal option with a spacious grassy area, beautiful view over the Red River, private rooms designed in the traditional northern style and an exciting playground for children. Though it’s not located at the heart of the city, I think it’s worth the travel because it’s an escape from the busy and crowded city life. With premium hospitality, the restaurant serves the very best food from the northern region, and displays authentic culture from Hà Nội and the … [Read more...] about Restaurant offers retreat by Red River
Summer rolls recipe
Fried fun: Nem rán (spring rolls) cooking in oil. Photos Hồ Hoàng. Viet Nam News By Hà Nguyễn In Vietnamese cuisine, nem rán (fried spring rolls) and nem cuốn tôm thịt (fresh shrimp and pork rolls) are among the most popular and tasty of the hundreds of local dishes that residents and foreigners alike enjoy. Nem rán (or chả giò as it is known in the South) is such a popular traditional dish that it is hard to attend a Vietnamese wedding, death anniversary or Tết (Lunar New Year) party without seeing a tray loaded with these delicious spring rolls. There are many modern iterations, including vegetarian and seafood variations, but the traditional dish remains beloved by the people of Việt Nam. When one of my son’s friends, Chiam Jia Xin, arrived from Malaysia for a recent visit, we decided to treat him to traditional dishes such as bún chả (fresh vermicelli and grilled pork), phở … [Read more...] about The spirit of Việt Nam: Nem rán and nem cuốn
A successful Vietnamese Angolan who used to live near Hanoi's Old Quarter returned to the city recently after many years. He longed for a bowl of eels glass noodles soup. He remembered a restaurant on Hang Dong Street that he used to frequent for this dish. But after a few days, he gave up, because the city had changed so much. So he asked me, a close friend from his childhood days, for a recommendation. Without a second’s hesitation, I said: “Ms. Nhung’s at number 9 Nguyen Che Nghia Street. The best.” There are many food stalls in small alleys around Hanoi that are unnamed but very popular. This is true of Nhung’s stall as well. She’s a true Hanoian, born and raised on Nguyen Che Nghia Street. The food stall is not a family tradition but Nhung’s own creation, and has been running for more than ten years now. She used to sell sticky rice with pork floss and pâté earlier, and this was also delicious. Like many other Vietnamese women, … [Read more...] about Waiting for a perfect bowl of eels soup
Pomelo sweet pudding is a pure and light dessert containing mung bean, pomelo skin, and coconut milk. The mung beans should be selected carefully. Young beans which are medium-sized and have a green flesh are the best choice. You should choose a big pomelo with thick white skin. The preparation is not difficult but it takes time and patience. The challenge of this recipe is to get rid of the bitterness associated with the white skin. Cut the white skin into small cubes and mix with salt, press gently and rinse under water several times. Afterward, continue soaking in alum for several minutes to make the pomelo cubes crunchier. Rinse again under running water before mixing the cubes with sugar for 1-2 hours until the cubes become translucent. Next, roll them in tapioca starch and put all the cubes into a boiling pot. Cook until they float on the water. Then move the cubes to a bowl of ice, which helps make the cubes crunchier and chewier. The mung beans are soaked in water about one … [Read more...] about Pomelo sweet pudding: A great summertime treat.
1. Pho What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without pho? According to CNN, it's almost impossible to walk a block in any major Vietnamese destination without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a makeshift pho stand. This simple staple consisting of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef, features predominately in the local diet -and understandably so. It's cheap, tasty, and widely available at all hours. 2. Cha ca Hanoians consider cha ca to be so exceptional that there is a street in the capital dedicated to these fried morsels of fish. This namesake alley is home to Cha Ca La Vong, which serves sizzling chunks of fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill on a hot pan tableside. “Cha Ca La Vong may be the busiest but the service is a bit gruff and the food is overpriced. Instead make your way to Duong Thanh in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district, where you'll find plenty of more affordable but just as … [Read more...] about CNN lists 40 delicious Vietnamese foods