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Healthy quinoa salad

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With Sous Chef Nguyễn Duy Anh of The Anam Resort in Cam Ranh

Ingredients:

● 600g of vegetable stock

● 100g of Trio de quinoa

● 1g of thyme leaves

● 2g of salt

● 1g of peppercorn

● 1 bay leaf

Vegetable

● 20g of baby carrots

● 10g of asparagus

● 10g of fava beans

● 10g of brown and white beech mushrooms

● 50g of baby beetroots

Herb dressing

● 20g of chopped coriander

● 1g of lemon or lime zest

● 5g of chopped parsley

● 45g of olive oil

● 10g of honey

● 15g of lemon or lime juice

quinoa salad

Method:

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180 C. Trim the leaves off the beetroots and then wrap each baby beet in foil, place them onto a baking tray and place the baking tray into the pre-heated oven. Cook for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Remove and unwrap the baby beets from the foil and, when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin.

Bring the baby carrots and asparagus to boil in hot water until soft.

Stir-fry fava beans and mushrooms with butter and season with salt and butter.

Chef Nguyễn Duy Anh

To cook the quinoa, bring the stock to the boil in a large pan and add the quinoa, thyme, salt, peppercorn and bay leaf. Cook for 15 minutes until tender, remove the pan from the heat and drain off any excess liquid. Remove the thyme, bay leaf and peppercorn. Allow the quinoa to steam and season lightly.

Meanwhile to prepare the herb dressing, place all of the herb dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk everything together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For plating, place the quinoa and herb dressing into a mixing bowl, and mix them together. Put the mixed quinoa on a plate, then place all of the vegetables on top of the quinoa (like in the picture), and decorate with some garnish and finish with a drop of extra olive oil. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/healthy-quinoa-salad_338157.html

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Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet

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Tourist attractions across Vietnam have lured large numbers of holiday-markers during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) festival from January 20-26.

Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet hinh anh 1Sa Pa in winter (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Tourist attractions across Vietnam have lured large numbers of holiday-markers during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) festival from January 20-26.

Sa Pa, a famous destination in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, welcomed around 88,000 domestic and foreign travellers during Tet – the largest festival in a year of Vietnamese people. This figure represented a year-on-year rise of 20%.

Notably, the occupancy rate reached up to 95% on January 24-26 (or the third to fifth day of the first lunar month).

Meanwhile, about 140,000 tourists visited the south central province of Binh Thuan, which is famous for its beautiful beaches, from January 20-25, up 64.7% year-on-year. Revenue from tourism services is estimated at 310 billion VND (13.2 million USD).

Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet hinh anh 2Visitors experience paragliding in Binh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Binh Thuan, the host of the Visit Vietnam Year 2023, targets 6.5 million visitors, including 200,000 foreigners, and 15.9 trillion VND in revenue from tourist activities this year.

The southernmost province of Ca Mau welcomed nearly 164,500 tourists, and pocketed 120.5 billion VND from tourism services during the holiday.

The figures represented year-on-year increases of 61% and 145%, respectively, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/destinations-across-vietnam-report-surges-in-holidaymaker-numbers-during-tet/247450.vnp

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Nom Pagoda – a treasure from the past

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Aside from the antique and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda is also preserving valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Nom Pagoda - a treasure from the past hinh anh 1Undergoing numerous ups and downs in history as well as natural impacts, the pagoda is still standing today and preserving some of the oldest statues in the Red River Delta. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

Hung Yen – Aside from the archaic and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda in Van Lam district of northern Hung Yen province is also home to valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Also known as “Linh Thong Co Tu”, the pagoda is part of the relic complex of Nom village in Dai Dong commune. It is a famous Buddhist facility with many old features kept intact in the northern region.

According to the writing on the stone stele kept at the pagoda, the pagoda was re-built in 1680, but no one knew exactly when it came into being. In the late 18th century, a bell tower and two corridors were added to the construction, which later continued to be repaired during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945).

Undergoing numerous ups and downs in history as well as natural impacts, the pagoda is still standing today and preserving some of the oldest statues in the Red River Delta. It is also associated with many legends that have added to its attractiveness to visitors from far and wide.

The local elderly said once upon a time, a Buddhist monk while sleeping at Dau Pagoda suddenly woke up at midnight and saw bright light in the south. He followed the light to a pine forest where this light became an aureole. Believing that this was a good omen from the Buddha, the monk built a pagoda there and named it “Linh Thong Co Tu” (Ancient pagoda of sacred pine forest).

Nom Pagoda covers an area of 15 hectares and has the “noi cong ngoai quoc” architectural structure, which means the inner parts are arranged in the shape of the Chinese character “gong” (工, called “cong” in Vietnamese) while the outer parts arranged in the shape of a square like the Chinese character “guo” (国, called “quoc” in Vietnamese).

Passing the three-door gate, visitors can see the bell and drum towers opposite to each other on the two sides of the gate. There is a crystal clear lake next to the bell tower, opening up a tranquil space for the pagoda.

Aside from the antique and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda is also preserving valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Though this area often suffers from flooding, the old statues here are still maintained. Their original red lacquer trimmed with gold remains, which many historical and architectural researchers haven’t been able to explain.

Nom Pagoda is currently home to more than 100 old statues made of clay, but there hasn’t been exact information about the time and process of their creation. Some researchers believe that these statues were made during the Ly – Tran dynasties (the 11th – 13th century).

Most of the statues were made of terracotta in a meticulous manner, and each of them features different a posture and facial expression. They are considered an illustration of the development of the art of ceramic and terracotta making in Vietnam’s history.

In addition, this pagoda also boasts a garden of old three-story grave towers made from laterite stone.

Nom Pagoda - a treasure from the past hinh anh 2Nom Pagoda is currently home to more than 100 old statues made of clay, but there hasn’t been exact information about the time and process of their creation. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

Another thing that helps attract visitors to Nom Pagoda is a nine-span stone bridge with dragon head decorations built about 200 years ago over the Nguyet Duc River.

This pagoda has long been a witness to history and accompanied local residents in both wartime and peacetime. Its sacredness seems to have been deeply infused into each roof tile, wooden object, and statue.

Alongside the development and integration of the contemporary culture, Nom Pagoda and many other Buddhist ones in Vietnam have still been preserved, helping to enrich people’s spiritual life and also create momentum for the Vietnamese culture to develop./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/nom-pagoda-a-treasure-from-the-past/247447.vnp

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Ba Ria-Vung Tau welcomes nearly 2,400 international cruise tourists

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International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port on January 26.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau welcomes nearly 2,400 international cruise tourists hinh anh 1International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port in southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on January 26. (Photo: VNA)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau – International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port on January 26, the fifth day of the lunar year, becoming the first of its kind to visit the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau this year.

The passengers, mainly from Germany, were presented with flowers and gifts by representatives of the provincial Department of Tourism at a welcome ceremony held at the port.

Of the passengers, about 1,800 will tour Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau or some southwestern provinces while the rest will follow the itineraries that they had booked before.

Vietnam is one of the destinations for Mein Schiff 5 during its tour of Asian countries. Earlier, the cruise ship anchored in Malaysia and Thailand is its next destination. Its journey started from January 18 in Singapore and will end on February 1./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ba-riavung-tau-welcomes-nearly-2400-international-cruise-tourists/247451.vnp

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