Connect with us

Life

Pacific oysters: a Quảng Ninh speciality

Published

on

A farmer checking oysters at his farm in Vân Đồn District. VNA/ Photo Thanh Vân

HÀ NỘI — Quảng Ninh Province is a worldwide famous tourism destination known for its spectacular natural landscapes, culture, and seafood.

Visitors are familiar with the crunchy squid cake of Hạ Long in Quảng Ninh. But in Vân Đồn, an island district, there is another popular speciality with high nutritional value: Pacific oyster.  

Fifteen years ago, the Pacific oyster was brought to Vân Đồn from Taiwan. Advantages in aquaculture such as a calm sea, many rocky rapids, strong salinity and an ideal habitat, helped Vân Đồn to raise and develop Pacific oyster.

Therefore, after selling to overseas markets, with Taiwan being a big export market, it is even favourably given the brand name – Vân Đồn the Pacific oyster.

Since 2012, the water surface area for oyster farming in Vân Đồn has gradually expanded, with most oyster farms located in Bái Tử Long Bay. 

The district is considered the largest area in the country in terms of oyster production and scale with about 4,000 hectares of oyster farming. The output supplied to the market is over 70,000 tonnes a year. 

Because of its high concentration of oyster farming, Vân Đồn is considered the oyster capital of Việt Nam. 

Oysters are molluscs that eat plankton and algae in sea water, so there is no need to feed them during the farming process. However environmental inspection work must be carried out.

Workers process oysters after harvesting. VNA/ Photo Thanh Vân 

Nguyễn Văn Thắng, director of an oyster farm in Vân Đồn District, said that water was the oyster’s habitat, so controlling that environment to guarantee the quality was very important. 

“We have to ensure that oysters live in a clean environment,” Thắng said. 

“We have to collect water samples, then send them to a standard laboratory for examining every two weeks.

“Currently, we apply European standards to control quality, so the water must be free of heavy metals, poisonous algae and bacteria that cause intestinal diseases.”

The oyster also must be tested frequently to ensure the meat’s quality. 

“Sometimes the water is clean, but the oyster maybe contaminated previously. Hence if there are any harmful substances inside the oyster meat, we need to be warned,” Thắng added. 

Besides beautiful natural landscapes, the oyster farms have become an attractive place for both domestic and foreign tourists to experience. No trip is complete without trying an oyster. 

It is best to taste the oyster when it is fresh from the sea. But the oysters can also be a good ingredient in the hands of locals making special dishes, including fried egg with oyster and sour oyster soup. 

Another popular dish made from Vân Đồn oyster is oyster floss. Oyster floss has a typical sweet and rich flavour of oyster but does not smell fishy. Oyster floss is often served with rice.

To elevate the value of the oyster, producers in Quảng Ninh Province have invested in technologies and equipment to produce other products from Pacific oyster like oyster sauce, oyster cake, spring rolls, and even oyster extract. —  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/1109087/pacific-oysters-a-quang-ninh-speciality.html

Life

Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

Published

on

Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20221202/vietnamese-families-spend-big-on-christmas-decorations/70293.html

Continue Reading

Life

Ho Chi Minh City reveals big plans for New Year, Tet celebrations

Published

on

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports announced earlier this week a plan including 19 cultural and entertainment events to welcome 2023 and celebrate Vietnam’s Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The first event is the ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Home’ festival, which will take place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 from Friday to Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract participants from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City.

It will also feature the first trumpet music festival in the city.

The southern metropolis will also host the Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival and the second hot air balloon festive day in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and Thu Thiem 2 Bridge Park in Thu Duc City from December 8 to 11.

The city will welcome the 2023 New Year with a countdown event on the night of December 31 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and on Le Duan Boulevard.

At 0:00 on January 1, 2023, there will be a 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel.

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Another major event celebrating Tet holiday, which will begin in the latter half of January, is the decoration of downtown streets and Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is scheduled to open from 7:00 pm on January 19 to 9:00 pm on January 26 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone.

The 2023 Lunar New Year’s book street festival will open at the same time on Mac Thi Buoi Street, Nguyen Hue Street, and Ngo Duc Ke Street.

Another 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel is planned for 0:00 January 22, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

Other annual events such as the Spring Flower Festival and Tet flower markets are also scheduled.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports pledges to ensure public safety and vehicle parking convenience for visitors to these events.

Its plan is pending the approval of the municipal People’s Committee.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20221202/ho-chi-minh-city-reveals-big-plans-for-new-year-tet-celebrations/70291.html

Continue Reading

Life

Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

Published

on

The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20221129/hanoians-flock-to-red-river-dyke-for-photos-with-white-reeds/70253.html

Continue Reading

Trending