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Banh cuon Cao Bang, a must-try dish in Hanoi

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The mountainous dish can be eaten with minced pork paste, fried meat roll, steamed egg and spicy salted bamboo shoot.

Originally from Cao Bang Province in the mountainous northeast of Vietnam, the specialty of this group of Tay ethnic minorities has gradually cemented its position on the Hanoi cuisine map.

Different with other versions of steamed rice crepes, which are usually eaten with sweet-and-sour sauce, banh cuon Cao Bang is served with broth made of pig’s bones. According to a chef, before the pig’s bones are stewed, they must be washed thoroughly with boiling water, then carefully rinsed under a tap of running water.

Banh cuon Cao Bang, a must-try dish in Hanoi

Pig bones are stewed for hours on low heat, resulting in a broth that has a natural sweetness and fragrant flavor while the broth still remains clear. “There’s no need to add MSG or other additives to the broth to enhance the taste,” the cook said.

When ordering a Cao Bang Rice Rolled crepe, diners are treated to a show in which the cook lifts an edge of the crepe up, then gently wraps it over with a stick and puts it on a dish to serve it hot right after a few minutes of ordering.

The ingredient for the crepe must be newly harvested ground rice, having good quality and great aroma. Meanwhile, the crepe stuffing is prepared from fresh lean meat stir-fried with some fish sauce, mushrooms, spices and dried herbs.

Cao Bang rice crepe are milky white and rolled with minced meat. The piping hot dish attracts diners not only because of its eye-catching appearance, but also the quality of the dish. The hot aroma broth with herbs is a well-blend condiment to enhance flavor and make Cao Bang Rice Rolled crepe tastier.

The dish is also eaten with minced pork paste, fried meat roll, steamed egg and spicy salted bamboo shoot. 

Banh cuon Cao Bang, a must-try dish in Hanoi

The steamed rice rolls have attracted many diners to enjoy as their breakfasts and lunch. Some among renowned eateries serving the dish are including the Cao Bang rice rolls eatery in Trung Kinh Street; banh cuon Cao Bang in Lane No16, Huynh Thuc Khang Street; Mrs. Dung’s banh cuon Cao Bang in To Hieu Street, and another eatery in Hoang Ngoc Phach Street.

Price for a portion of banh cuon Cao Bang is at around VND30,000 to VND35,000.

Apart from banh cuon, diners who enjoy the dish at the eatery of Mrs. Dung will also have chance to try some other Cao Bang Province’s specialties such as sweet and sour duck noodle, chestnut from Trung Khanh as well as buy some Cao Bang vermicelli and dried onion to bring home.  Hanoitimes

Thuy Duong – Bich Hoi

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/banh-cuon-cao-bang-a-must-try-dish-in-hanoi-698422.html

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October: The golden time for Phu Quoc tourism

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The success in welcoming the first international visitors to Phu Quoc Island is expected to have a huge media impact.

Tháng 10 mơ ước, đừng bỏ lỡ 'thời điểm vàng'

In late May 2020, tourism experts proposed opening some islands in Vietnam such as Phu Quoc and Con Dao to international tourists but the proposal never launched. This time, the plan to welcome international visitors with vaccine passports to Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province has been approved by the Prime Minister. The island is expected to have the first guests in October.

Duong Mai Lan, Director of Ascend Travel, says that this is a very good direction to quickly restore the tourism industry of Vietnam in general and Phu Quoc in particular. Opening the door for guests with a vaccine passport has been done by many countries and this is considered the only solution for the tourism industry at the moment.

Tran Quoc Vu, CEO of Vtravel Vietnam, General Secretary of the Tourism Association of Kien Giang Province, said that accepting the vaccine passport is the way for countries to reopen, restore aviation and tourism industries, and create a push to develop related service industries.

However, the localities open for international tourists must also achieve herd immunity, with at least 70% of local people receiving two doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Up to now, no locality in Vietnam, including Phu Quoc – which is allowed to welcome international arrivals in October – has achieved it.

Therefore, Nguyen Tran Hoang Phuong, Chairman of Golden Smile Travel, said that this is a golden time for Phu Quoc to accelerate vaccinations.

Nguyen Ngoc Toan, Director of Images Travel Company (specializing in serving European tourists), told VietNamNet that people who prefer resort tours are mainly Russian and Eastern European visitors. They often travel in November-December so it is suitable for Vietnam to begin welcoming foreign tourists in October or November.

Toan noted that this plan should be carried out as soon as possible. Initially, instead of organizing many flights a day, only 2-3 flights per week will be enough so that tourists will be served well.

He cited Thailand’s Sandbox program as a good example for Vietnam. When the first visitors arrived at Phuket airport, it was news on major global media outlets.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/october-the-golden-time-for-phu-quoc-tourism-775387.html

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Vietnam has two new UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserves

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Vietnam has two new UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserves

Nui Chua world biosphere reserve in Ninh Thuan Province overlooks Vinh Hy Bay. Photo courtesy of the biosphere reserve


UNESCO has designated the Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province and Kon Ha Nung Plateau in Gia Lai as global biosphere reserves.

The two were among 20 new sites approved at the ongoing session of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program in Nigeria.

New biosphere reserves are designated each year to promote sustainable development, protect terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems and encourage conservation.

The two new sites take the number of global biosphere reserves in Vietnam to 11, one of the highest in the world. In Southeast Asia, it is second only to Indonesia (19).

Other sites approved this year are in Canada, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

Situated at a height of 1,000 meters above sea level, Nui Chua National Park is seen as a green lung of the central Ninh Thuan Province. It has over nearly 20,000 hectares of primeval forests and is home to 300 animal species and 600 plant species.

Kon Ha Nung Plateau, around 400 km to Ninh Thuan’s north, includes the two core zones of Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve that cover 65,000 hectares. It has hundreds of animal and plant species, including rare ones like the gray-shanked douc langur.

There are now 727 UNESCO biosphere reserves in 131 countries and territories.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/vietnam-has-two-new-unesco-recognized-biosphere-reserves-4357234.html

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Sin Suoi Ho a “golden spring” in Lai Chau

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Visiting Sin Suoi Ho at any time of the year, tourists will be fascinated by the beautiful natural landscape and the Mong’s traditional customs. 

The place has now become a bright spot for community-based tourism which helps bring positive changes to the lives of the locals. Join us to find out more!

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/sin-suoi-ho-a-golden-spring-in-lai-chau-772020.html

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