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Bánh bèo chén (Vietnamese savoury steamed rice cake or Water fern cake)

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with Chef Lê Đức Hải from Ngon Garden Restaurant in Hà Nội

Chef Lê Đức Hải 

Ingredients:

– Fresh shrimp: 300 gr

– Rice powder: 130 gr

– Tapioca starch: 20 gr

– Salt: ¼ tsp.

– Cold water: 250 ml

– Hot water: 350 ml

– Cooking oil: 1 tsp.

– Minced garlic and chili: 10 gr

– Fresh onion in pork fat: 20 gr

– Fried bread: 20 gr

– Sugar: 5 tsp.

– Fish sauce: 2 tsp.

– Warm water 50 ml

– Chili and garlic

Bánh bèo chén

​​​​​​​Method:

Mix the rice powder, tapioca starch, and ¼ tsp of salt with cold water and stir well, then pour hot water in and stir again. Soak this mix for 4-6 hours.

Boil the shrimp, peel it and take out its thread, then grind it. Fry the garlic in oil in a pan before placing the ground shrimp over a medium heat until dry.

After 6 hours, stir the wet mix again and scoop it into bowls and steam for a final 10 minutes.

Dipping sauce:

Mix the sugar, fish sauce, and water in a pot and cook until boiled then add minced garlic and chili.

Top it out in the steamed bowl with onion and pork fat, fried bread, and ground shrimp.

The dish is more enjoyable when eaten with the sauce.

You can enjoy the dish at Ngon Garden Restaurant, 70 Nguyễn Du Street, Hà Nội. Hotline: 090 222 6224. Email: [email protected]

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/banh-beo-chen-vietnamese-savoury-steamed-rice-cake-or-water-fern-cake_319773.html

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Covid-19 vaccination sought for all Phu Quoc residents to reopen to foreign tourists

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Covid-19 vaccination sought for all Phu Quoc residents to reopen to foreign tourists

Tourists sunbathe on Khem Beach, Phu Quoc Island, 2019. Photo by Shutterstock/Jimmy Tran.


Authorities in Kien Giang Province, home to Phu Quoc, are planning to vaccinate the island’s population against Covid-19 so that it can reopen its doors to foreigners.

Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the province, said the island has got the green light from the Politburo to trial vaccine passports and so the government would be asked to prioritize vaccination for the 100,000 residents of Phu Quoc.

If everything goes well, the island could allow foreigners back in by September or October this year, he added.

Visitors to the island must be fully vaccinated, failing which they will be quarantined and only allowed to visit isolated resorts.

Vietnam’s largest island has become a top tourist destination after the government rolled out a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners in 2014.

In 2019, the last year before the onset of the pandemic, it received over five million visitors, including 541,600 foreigners.

Kien Giang Province has been Covid-free during the ongoing fourth wave that began on April 27.

The Politburo, the main decision-making body of the Communist Party, last week called for trialing vaccine passports so that foreigners could visit some tourist destinations that have contained the pandemic like Phu Quoc Island.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year. Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, and highly-skilled workers have been allowed since with stringent quarantine requirements.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/covid-19-vaccination-sought-for-all-phu-quoc-residents-to-reopen-to-foreign-tourists-4296054.html

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An aerial tour of Binh Dinh’s largest saltwater lagoon

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An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Thi Nai, full name Thi Li Bi Nai, used to be the commercial port of Vijaya, a city-state in the ancient kingdom of Champa, dating back thousands of years.

The large saltwater lagoon, covering over 5,000 hectares to the southeast of Binh Dinh, stretches from the north of Tuy Phuoc District to Quy Nhon, a popular beach destination.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Thi Nai Bridge crossing the lagoon of the same name is a local symbol. The seven-long-meter bridge used to be the country’s longest sea crossing stretching 2.5 kilometers, before Hai Phong City’s Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Bridge opened to traffic in September 2017.

Since the Thi Nai bridge opened in 2006, tourists can easily visit famous beaches in Quy Nhon like Ky Co and Eo Gio as well as Phuong Mai sand hill.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Waterlogged house clusters lie amid aquaculture plots on Thi Nai Lagoon in Dong Da Ward of Quy Nhon Town.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

A floating house on Chim (Bird) Islet, a part of the lagoon, in Phuoc Son Commune of Tuy Phuoc District, about 15 kilometers from Quy Nhon. The islet is home to 100 families, who have subsisted on fishing for countless generations.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

The islet boasts a mangrove forest and is deemed the green lung of Binh Dinh.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Thi Nai Lagoon is formed by tributaries of the Kon and Ha Thanh rivers. When the tide rises, the surface of the lagoon sparkles with water. During low tide, the water recedes, leaving the lagoon inert and swampy.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

A local catches snails on a low tide day. According to a survey in 2020, the lagoon is home to around 684 species of animals and plants, including many species of fish, shrimp, crabs, mollusks and seaweed.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Fishing boats on Thi Nai Lagoon.

There are up to 1,000 square hectares of mangrove forests and 200 hectares of sea grass around the lagoon. Thi Nai has adequate resources of ephemera and many species of aquatic products with high economic and ecological value like oysters and crabs.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Ro cho, a regional-type fishing net.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

Ro cho are supported by four long bamboo poles with a sagging fishing net in the middle shaped like a pan. Fishermen use bamboo sticks to sweep and push trapped fish into the navel and later to one side of the net for later harvest.

An aerial tour of Binh Dinh's largest saltwater lagoon

From Thi Nai Bridge, visitors not only have the opportunity to watch daybreak but also enjoy a peaceful and slow pace of life unfold as locals gather their catch of the day.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/places/an-aerial-tour-of-binh-dinhs-largest-saltwater-lagoon-4294498.html

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Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

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Experiencing many ups and downs of history, Hue Imperial Citadel still retains its majestic beauty, preserving the quintessence of the Nguyen’s Dynasty, hundreds of years ago.

 Therefore, when visiting Hue, it is impossible not to visit Hue’s ancient imperial citadel complex at least once to feel the golden traces of the past.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel
Ngo Mon Gate (Noon Gate), as the largest of the four major gates of Hue Citadel, is the main southern gate of the Hue Citadel, overlooking the very poetic Huong (Perfume) River. Ngo Mon Gate is considered a masterpiece, a pinnacle architecture of Hue Imperial Citadel.
Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Nowadays, many young people who love the ancient costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty like Nhat Binh Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional clothing) often come here to capture impressive photos.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Hue Citadel was built under the reign of King Gia Long in the summer of 1804, but it was not completed until 1833, under the reign of King Minh Mang.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

As a convergence of cultural and architectural beauty, Hue Citadel is also one of the relics in the Hue’s ancient imperial citadel complex recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

In the history of Vietnam in pre–modern period, the construction of Hue Citadel is probably the most massive and large-scale project with the particiapation of tens of thousands of people in the construction, millions of cubic meters of soil and stone, a large amount of work such as dugging trenches, filling rivers, migrating, moving graves, and building citadels, lasted for 30 years under two dynasties.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Facing Ngo Mon Gate is Thai Hoa Palace, which is used to celebrate significant court rituals such as anniversaries and coronations. It was also an important venue to welcome ambassadors of other countries.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel
Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

In the architectural complex in the Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) of Hue, the corridor system plays an important role, not only as a passageway, but also as a “circuit” connecting the works, creating a diverse architectural complex with a tight layout.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel
Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Over 200 years, wars, natural disasters and time caused the corridor system to be severely destroyed and by the 1990s, it was completely collapsed, leaving only the foundations. The corridors in the Tu Cam Thanh Hue have now been restored by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre according to the strict regulations of UNESCO.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Despite the wear and tear over time, a lot of architecture still exists along with mossy walls in bold colours of the old times.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

The sophisticated architecture has survived many years.

Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel
Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel

Thai Hoa Palace still retains its inherent majesty.

Source: Nhan Dan

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/admiring-slice-of-time-on-vestige-in-hue-imperial-citadel-746580.html

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