Three signature dishes of Binh Dinh’s coconut region

Banh trang dua, banh trung and banh hong are the delicacy trio of Hoai Nhon, a district famed for coconut products in Binh Dinh. Coconut has become an essential part of people’s lives in Hoai Nhon District, Binh Dinh. The coconut trees provide food, shade and protect the area from the sun and the storms. That's why the people here add coconut flavor in many of their dishes.
Banh trang dua (Coconut rice paper)
The main ingredient for making banh trang dua is flour. Cassava are peeled and pureed into a floury and watery mixture. Then the water is separated from the flour. The final product is mixed with clean water in a certain ratio along with some other ingredients to make the rice paper.
Coconut rice paper, of course, cannot be completed without coconut. The coconut must not be too ripe so that the pulp is sweet, thick and soft. The pulp is then mixed with thick coconut milk with some spices, scallion, pepper and put into the rice paper mixture. The final mixture is steamed to m..

Vietnam’s iconic bun cha features in British Platinum Jubilee Cookbook

A serving of bun cha (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice noodles) in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Thuy Bun cha (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice noodles), a Vietnamese signature dish, has been featured in the Platinum Jubilee Cookbook in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne. On Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, 70 British Embassies and High Commissions have come together from around the world to provide recipes that are served during royal visits.
The bun cha recipe by chef Do Thi Hai Ly of British Embassy in Hanoi made it into the book, the British Embassy in Hanoi said on its Facebook page.
British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward shared in the book: “Bun cha is the pride of Hanoian cuisine. Neither locals nor visitors can resist the smell of the grill as they walk past the street food stalls. While it tastes best sitting on a low stool on the pavement, this dish is also a regular at the Residence in Hanoi, to set an informal atmosphere for guests, or to..

SEA Games attendees enjoy native cuisine, Vietnamese staples

Ingredients for noodle dish 'bun thang' are displayed at Pan Pacific Hotel in Hanoi for SEA Games athletes. Photo courtesy of the hotel Hotels that hosted SEA Games athletes and other officials carefully prepared dishes fitting the diverse tastes and preferences, but guests also enjoyed Vietnamese specialties to the hilt. At the 31st SEA Games, the men's football teams in Group B – Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia – stayed at the Nam Cuong hotel in Nam Dinh Province, just two km from the Thien Truong Stadium.
The hotel's kitchen had to serve the five teams with special nutritional requirements keeping in mind their religious faiths and preferences.
Nguyen Van Chien, the hotel's manager, said that the three main meals for the teams were served as a buffet of 60-70 dishes.
For example, the Indonesian team wanted masala fried eggs, which the team leader said suited the nutritional needs of the players. Some of the Indonesian players were Muslims ..

Vietnamese sesame balls among 30 best fried foods: CNN

Sesame balls at a stall in HCMC's Go Vap District. Photo by Shutterstock/Andy Nguyen The CNN channel has listed banh cam, a southern Vietnamese deep-fried glutinous rice ball, as one of 30 best fried foods in the world. “Though the name translates to “orange cake,” there's no orange flavor in these deep-fried rice balls. Instead, these southern Vietnamese sweets are named for their visual resemblance to an orange,” CNN editors said.
Banh cam is made with tender glutinous rice flour and filled with mung bean paste. The balls are then rolled in sesame seeds and fried. It is a highly favored dessert in the southern region.
A northern parallel to this dish is the banh ran, but this variation has a sugary syrup poured over it.
Banh ran (glutinous rice doughnuts) is a popular street food in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Phieu Linh
The CNN list also includes Japan’s tempura, India’s jalebi, a batter piped through a muslin cloth into the oil and then dipped in sugar syrup, the U.S.’s..

Mother of star swimmer Schooling impressed by Hanoi street food

May Schooling (L, 3rd), mother of swimmer Joseph Schooling, and members of Singaporean sports team try 'bun cha' at Huong Lien Restaurant in Hanoi, May 17 2022. Photo courtesy of May Schooling The mother of Singapore's first Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling who is competing at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, has enjoyed Hanoi’s signature street dishes. May Schooling, known as Singapore’s most famous mum and a local celebrity, came to Hanoi on May 13 to support her son who won two gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly and 4×100-meter men's relay on Monday night.
She has tried some of Hanoi's iconic dishes like chicken noodle soup, fried catfish, egg coffee, banh mi, bun thang – a special kind of noodle soup comprised of rice vermicelli, thinly sliced chicken pieces, omelet, mushrooms, and chopped fresh herbs and bun cha – char grilled pork with rice noodles.
She quite liked the eel porridge and stir-fried eel.
“This is the first time I have eaten eel pre..

CNN names Vietnam’s banh mi among best sandwiches

Loafs of banh mi filled with cucumber, pickled carrots and salted shredded pork are served at a stall in HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran CNN has included Vietnam's popular banh mi in a list of the world's 23 best sandwiches, saying “it is widely loved well beyond the country's borders.” Banh mi is a fusion of cold cuts and vegetables like coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon combined with condiments from French cuisine like pate and mayonnaise. However, a wide variety of popular fillings are used, including cha lua (Vietnamese pork bologna), fried eggs, grilled pork, and meat balls.
“A culinary remnant of French colonialism, the baguette sandwich was reinterpreted to their own taste by the Vietnamese,” CNN said.
“Banh mi are now sold from food carts on nearly every street corner in Ho Chi Minh City and across Vietnam.”
A loaf of banh mi costs from VND15,000 ($0.65) to VND50,000.
The CNN list also included Italy’s tramezzino, France’s Pan bagnat, Canada’s..

Vietnamese coffee is unique because of these reasons

Cups of ca phe sua da and iced tea at a café in Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Di Vy Canadian magazine The Travel has listed Vietnam among 10 countries with a unique coffee culture in which iced coffee with condensed milk and egg coffee are the best options. “In Vietnam, coffee isn't just a drink to start the day; it's something people enjoy morning, noon, and even night,” it said.
It advised travelers to try the ca phe sua da, a ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee often served with ice with condensed milk that can be found on most sidewalk coffee stalls.
A cup of ca phe sua da costs VND10,000-15,000 ($0.44-0.66).
Another unique variety is egg coffee, a Hanoi specialty.
It starts with a layer of condensed milk at the bottom over which is poured strong black coffee. A whisked egg yolk is placed on top.
It was invented in the 1940s when there was a scarcity of milk in the city, prompting a bartender to use a replacement. The alternative, whisked egg yolk, turned the coffee i..