Friday, 28 September 2012

Visiting Hoi An to enjoy the full moon night

Hoi An has a lot of mystical and magical places to explore. It is also a romantic and peaceful destination to relax.

Upcoming Mid-autumn Festival, you are planning to travel somewhere, so visiting Hoi An on the 14th September lunar month is the best choice to enjoy sparkling lights in the festival.

Hoi An Ancient Town has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with beauty of romantic and peaceful place. When coming there, you will have the opportunity to walk on the streets with ancient architectures, visit a lot of famous temples ( Phuoc Lam Pagoda, Fujian Assembly Hall…), enjoy the typical dishes or take part in the flower ceremony on the occasion of the full moon each month.

This is also the mystery of the headless statue at the My Son and the Hindu Sanctuary of Champa Kingdom brings mystical and magical experiences. In addition, the ancient Cham capital owns the series of beautiful Cham tower such as: Chien Dan, Bang An, Khuong My tower.

Besides these famous places, Hoi An has plenty of wonderful landscapes including Suoi Tien with suitable atmosphere for camping, a nice Khe Lim with the gentle flow through the land of ironwood.
 In brief, Hoi An is an interested place to everybody explore and experience for everybody.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Pork with thick rice noodle soup - The delicous dish should not miss

 Pork with thick rice noodle soup (bánh canh giò heo – Banh canh gio heo) is a speciality delicious food of the South Western Vietnam (miền Tây Nam Bộ)
Banh canh is a thick noodle soup with a more basic broth with pork (some come with chicken, crab or shrimp), spring onions and freshly sauteed onions sprinkled on top. Banh Canh noodles are round, thick, pasty tapioca / rice flour noodles. They are similar in thickness to the Japanese Udon noodle. In fact, some Vietnamese restaurants use the Udon noodle as a substitute for Banh Canh noodle soups.

The most representative dish of the Southern clear broth thick noodle soup is banh canh Trang Bang (from Trang Bang district in Tay Ninh province). The flavor of this dish come from only the pork. Its broth is made by simmering pork bones with some kinds of bulbs, then soused on thick noodle and eat with the boiled sliced pork feet or pork muscle… The thick noodles must be soft but tough. The broth must be clear.
You also get a small plate of freshly chopped red chilies, sliced lemon and a small bowl of original fish sauce (nước mắm nguyên chất) for dipping the boiled pork into as you eat. And the last is a tray of fresh and strange green raw vegetables like perilla (tía tô), thai basil (húng quế), mango buds (đọt xoài), jack buds (đọt mít), etc… A hot bowl of Banh Canh Gio Heo tastes so delicious and unique with the cool of raw vegetables mixed with the hot of chili peppers, the sour of lemon and the greasy sweet flavour of pork feet, the charming of original fish sauce.

Compare with other noodle soups in Vietnam like Pho or Hu Tieu, Banh Canh Gio Heo seems very simple. But in my opinion, I think the simplicity is the strength of this dish. It’s like the soul of the south western people in general as well as the Tay Ninh people in particular.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Hoi An's traditional silk village

A silk village in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam somewhat overlooked for a while, has seen a revival of tourism of late, attracting tourists.

Ma Chau Village in Duy Xuyen District is just one kilometre away from centre of Hoi An City.

The combination of eco-tourism and traditional handicraft product development has helped to preserve the cultural life of people in Quang Nam.

Now, the village appears much more like in the past. Old looms in wooden houses, long unused, have been activated again. Besides the sight and sound of the moving looms, village also has green mulberry gardens and silkworm baskets.

Scarves and dresses made of silk are on display throughout the village, showing off the traditional craft of the residents.

Visitors also have the chance to learn something about the fabric-weaving method of the Cham ethnic minority people as well as see special products of the area.

Source: Dtinews

Friday, 14 September 2012

Vietnam record with Lemon-made tea-set

A tea-set made from thousands of fresh lemons has been recognized as a Vietnam record in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

This special tea-set was made from nine tonnes of fresh lemons, by five artisans and 60 workers in 300 hours.

The giant tea-set includes a tea pot of 2.4m in diameter and 2.4m high, and cups of 1m in diameter and 0.9m high.

The artisans also made five glasses. The biggest glass is more than 3m high and nearly 1.5m in diameter. The smallest glass is 0.7m high and 1.5m in diameter.

The biggest plate is 3.1m in diameter and the smallest plate is over 1m in diameter.

The artisans also created a lemon-made pot of nearly 3m high and over 3m in diameter.

Here are some photos: