For many residents of China's southern town of Yulin, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends - and consume copious amounts of dog meat. Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the chopping block during the city's annual dog meat festival, which has become increasingly controversial in China. Dog ownership was once looked down upon as a decadent bourgeois habit, but China's growing middle class has started to fight what it sees as barbarous abuse of man's best friend. On Monday, a group of about 25 animal rights activists briefly unfurled banners in front of the city government office, demanding an end to the festival, but they were quickly hustled away by unidentified men. The city's dog market has become a site for clashes of supporters and opponents of the trade. In the sweltering heat, tempers can often flare. "There are all sorts of cultural norms about what you can eat, you eat turkey, so why are you trying to force us to not eat dog … [Read more...] about China’s dog meat festival raises hackles of fans and opponents
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You're listening to Food Delight, the show for all you foodish out there A: Hello and welcome to this week's edition of VOV 24/7's "Food Delight". We are ... and …, and we're very happy to be here to share our recipes with you. B: Hi, guys. Hello, A. Well, which food shall we introduce to our listeners today? Music under: A: Hey B. Why am I always the one to suggest the dish? Today, it's your turn. B: You know I'm not good at cooking like you. I must confess, I've got no idea now. A: Believe me. Practice makes perfect. Let me help you a bit. We will start with brainstorming, hah. Pork, shrimp, beef, or fish-Which ingredient is your favorite? B: Umm, fish. A: Yep, fried fish, steamed fish, grilled fish, fish porridge, fish soup, and fish curry. Just choose one recipe that you like the most. B: Oh, come on, A. Those fish recipes are delicious, but so familiar. Why don't we try something that's really different from what we usually do? A: Umm. Like what? B: I mean, for … [Read more...] about Fish Spring Roll
VietNamNet Bridge - Mild sanctions, greedy traders and buyers who lack knowledge of safe food are among the reasons that have facilitated the rampant use of unsafe and even toxic food in Vietnam. Greedy traders The pigs suspected of being fed with banned substances in a slaughterhouse in the suburbs of Saigon. At midnight on a day in January 2016, a specialized vehicle of inspectors of the HCM City Veterinary Department suddenly approached Nam Phong slaughterhouse in Binh Thanh District. This facility slaughters more than 1,000 pigs each night from pig farms in southern provinces like Dong Nai and Binh Thuan to serve markets in HCM City. The inspectors detected 124 pigs positive for the banned substance salbutamol, which is used to create lean meat. The substance is very toxic to human health since it can cause cancer. However, in this "raid," the authorities could only make a record and impose … [Read more...] about Why is unsafe food rampant in Vietnam?
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?
For the past four years, I have edited bizarre and chilling briefs about mob justice throughout the country. All of them seemed so strange, random and unwarranted. Soon, I was addicted to these stories and tried to imagine how they had unfolded. Take, for example, the 2011 story about a small hamlet in Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province, that beat the stuffing out of a high-school teacher who got lost on his way home. The man’s assailants believed he had come to their village in search of a dog to steal. Today, dog thieving and the violence it engenders have spread to all corners of the country. There doesn’t seem to be anything anyone can do to stop it. Last year, in the northern province of Bac Giang, police arrested 13 people accused of beating a pair of dog thieves, both of whom died of their injuries. All 13 confessed to the crime. Then things got interesting. Hundreds of neighbors signed confessions claiming that they had all played an equal part in the same crime. … [Read more...] about Searching for the dog-thief murderers