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Fried banana pancakes a perfect winter warmer in Hanoi

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Hanoi’s cold weather tends to make everyone crave hot snacks in the afternoon, and one of the most popular is fried banana pancakes.

Fried banana pancakes a perfect winter warmer in Hanoi
The fried banana pancake is a popular snack in the late afternoon among Hanoians. – Photo 2dep.vn

It is not hard to find any street-side eatery selling banana pancakes in the city.

The set-up of every stall in Hanoi seems to look alike, with a bowl of flour mixed with sliced banana, a big frying pan full of oil and a rack displaying attractive golden-coloured cakes.

A fried banana pancake stall on Hang Dieu Street is one of the most popular among Hanoians. The freshly fried pancakes are not just satisfying to look at with a golden crust, but also have a crispy texture and sweetness inside.

To make the thin, crunchy crust, the owner of the eatery, Do Van Thanh, has to use seven different types of flour, but does not use baking powder. The pancakes are then fried with chicken fat.

Fried banana pancakes a perfect winter warmer in Hanoi
The pancakes are fried in a large pan full of oil. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

According to Thanh, the most important ingredient, the banana, must be over-ripe, also known as “honey” bananas in Vietnamese with wrinkles and black spots on their skin.

“Honey” bananas make more delicious pancakes but are harder to fry than other kinds. Instead of slicing them into thin pieces, the owner uses a wooden handle to press the banana vertically. His swift hands and decisive actions form thin flat banana pieces.

“This method helps the banana cook evenly and after being fried, they will become delicious without any bitter taste,” he added.

The eatery started to sell banana pancakes in 1993, at only VND500 to VND1,000 each (US$0.02-0.04). The cheap and delicious cakes have attracted many customers, particularly when the weather gets cold. The stall has become the main source of income for Thanh’s family.

Fried banana pancakes a perfect winter warmer in Hanoi
The eatery on Hang Dieu Street is familiar to any fans of fried banana pancakes. — Photo Am Thuc Hanoi Pho Facebook

Besides banana pancakes, he sells other popular snacks like sweet potato pancakes and banana pancakes mixed with sweet potatoes, sprinkled with sesame to add natural sweetness.

The owner starts to prepare the flour from 7am for the late afternoon’s batch. The ingredients are often ordered from the northern province of Hung Yen due to their good quality and affordable prices.

When making the pancakes for customers, the owner reminds them to eat the sweet potato pancakes before the banana ones; otherwise, they will feel bland and greasy.

“I also do not recommend my customers to eat the pancakes that have just been fried as it is not good for their teeth. It is best to eat the cake at medium heat, when the filling is soft, the banana stuffing is sweeter and the crust is more crispy,” he said.

One drawback is its limited seats and parking space; therefore, it mainly serves takeaway or delivery orders.

The pancakes are sold from 1pm to 9:30pm every day at a price of VND10,000 ($0.43) each.

“Thanks to the owner’s secret in mixing flour and frying, the banana cakes retain their crispy and delicious taste, not becoming stale or greasy at all even though they are put in the bags after being fried for takeaway,” said Nguyen Thi Nga, a regular customer.

Fried banana pancakes a perfect winter warmer in Hanoi
The soft banana filling mixes well with the crunchy crust. — Photo afamily.vn

Snack fans in Hanoi are also familiar with a fried banana pancake stall on Ly Thuong Kiet Street, which is quite busy at the end of the day. The pancakes served there are fragrant, crispy and could be enjoyed with the garlic chili sauce made by the owner herself.

According to Nguyen Thi Hai, the owner, the bananas are brought from her hometown, and are big and fragrant. She waits until they ripen, so their skin turns slightly brown.

“Besides the tasty pancakes, what I like about the stall is that the oil in the pan always has shining golden colour, not dark like that used in other places. Therefore, I feel safe when eating the pancakes,” said Tran Thuy Linh, a customer.

The banana pancakes there are sold from 10am till 7pm at VND7,000 ($0.30). 

Phuong Ha (VNS)

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/fried-banana-pancakes-a-perfect-winter-warmer-in-hanoi-710861.html

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Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chilli Sauce

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With Chinese chef Ooi Kar Kim of Pan Pacific Hanoi

chef Ooi Kar Kim

Duck meat is extremely flavourful and nutrient-dense. As one of the latest culinary highlights at Ming Restaurant, Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chili Sauce is specially prepared by chef Ooi Kar Kim of Pan Pacific Hanoi.

The duck is marinated for 24 hours with aromatic herb creating a delightful flavour, and then it is deep-fried making the skin crispy with a robust flavour of spicy chilli sauce, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chilli Sauce

 Ingredients:

  • Whole duck: 1 weighing about 2.5kg
  • Chicken powder: 100g
  • Sugar: 100g
  • Salt: 20g
  • Crispy flour: 15g
  • Cooking oil: 450ml
  • Sesame oil: 20ml
  • Lime: 40g

For the aromatic duck sauce:

  • Shallots: 50g
  • Garlic: 20g
  • Ginger: 25g
  • Spring onion: 20g
  • Red chilli: 20g
  • Chilli padi: 50g
  • Light soya sauce: 8ml
  • Dark sauce: 5ml
  • Oyster sauce: 8ml
  • Yellow bean paste: 120g
  • Five-spice powder: 2g
  • Star anise powder, cinnamon stick, clove: a little
  • Cooking wine: 20g

Preparation:

  • Clean the duck stomach and cut into two halves.
  • Chop shallot, garlic, ginger, spring onion, red chilli and chilli padi into fine pieces.
  • Heat the wok, and add a little cooking oil and sesame oil. Sauté all the chopped ingredients until fragrant. Add a little oyster sauce, yellow bean paste, and sugar in and mix well for two minutes. Then add in water, five-spice powder, star anise powder, cinnamon stick and seasoning to taste. Toss all the ingredients well until thickened to get the aromatic duck marinated sauce.
  • Marinate the duck halves with the sauce for at least 24 hours. Steam the duck for about 2 hours, take it out and remove all the duck bones.
  • Cut the shallot, chilli, ginger, garlic, and chilli padi into fine pieces, and blend them well with a blender. Add lime juice and season to taste to have the spicy chilli sauce.
  • Coat the duck halves with crispy flour. Heat the wok, add cooking oil until 160C, and deep-fry the duck pieces until they turn golden in colour.
  • Chop the duck into small pieces, place them on a plate and garnish with some herbs. Serve the dish with the spicy chilli sauce.

You can enjoy the dish and other savoury dishes at the Ming Restaurant in Pan Pacific Hanoi, 1 Thanh Niên Road, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội, Việt Nam, Tel: +84 (0)24 38238888.

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/aromatic-duck-with-spicy-chilli-sauce_336347.html

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Vietnam to host Mekong Tourism Forum in October

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Vietnam is scheduled to host the 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum, themed “Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience”, from October 9 – 14, the first in-person meeting of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations since the pandemic began in 2019.

Vietnam to host Mekong Tourism Forum in October hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: bvhttdl.gov.vn)

Hanoi – Vietnam is scheduled to host the 2022
Mekong Tourism Forum, themed “Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience”, from
October 9 – 14, the first in-person meeting of the six Greater Mekong Subregion
(GMS) destinations since the pandemic began in 2019.

Gathering public- and private-sector tourism leaders and
experts, the GMS signature forum is set to focus on regional efforts and
cross-sectoral collaboration to foster real action toward rebuilding a more
resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism industry.

Trends affecting the sector’s recovery will be discussed,
with speakers touching post-pandemic recovery, digital transformation, localisation
of supply chain, and the social enterprise business model, among other matters.

The event will also feature an exhibition on green tourism
in Vietnam and other GMS nations. It is expected to showcase responsible tourism
products and services, offer visitors hands-on experiences to learn about local
cultures, and connect sides involved in the tourism industry.

First held in 1996, the forum is an annual event for tourism
development and cooperation in the GMS, which comprises Cambodia, China, Laos,
Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-to-host-mekong-tourism-forum-in-october/235490.vnp

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Dak Lak, Hanoi promote tourism connection

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Tourism authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak and capital Hanoi on August 11 held a conference to promote and link their products.

Dak Lak, Hanoi promote tourism connection hinh anh 1A delegation from the Hanoi Tourism Department poses for a group photo during their familiarization trip to Dak Lak from August 10-12 (Photo: VNA)

Dak Lak – Tourism authorities of the Central
Highlands province of Dak Lak and capital Hanoi on August 11 held a conference
to promote and link their products.

Addressing the event, Deputy Director of the Dak Lak Culture,
Sports and Tourism Nguyen Thuy Phuong Hieu highlighted the province’s efforts
to recover the industry, asking Hanoi for advices to help her province
achieve its goal of welcoming 905,000 visitors this year.

Dak Lak is home to 49 ethnic groups, 41 accredited relics
and the gong culture – a UNESCO world cultural heritage. It also houses 228
lodging facilities and a convenient transport system.

Phung Xuan Khanh, director of the Hanoi-based Tien Phong
travel company, recommended Dak Lak to pay more attention to improving the
quality of its tourism products.

Nguyen Quoc Long, director of the Unitour Hanoi, said people
from the capital are interested in the Central Highlands culture when visiting
Dak Lak, hence a need for the province to develop products imbued with cultural identity. Such development requires coordination from related managing
agencies, associations, and businesses, he added.

Trinh Xuan Tung, head of the travel management office at the
Hanoi Tourism Department, noted Dak Lak boasts potential for tourists to
experience the culture and landscapes, go sightseeing, and conduct research./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/dak-lak-hanoi-promote-tourism-connection/235465.vnp

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