Connect with us

Life

Quail served with sticky rice – must-try dish of autumn

Published

on

 

Quail served with sticky rice is topped with fried onion and coriander. — Photo courtesy of Quán Ăn Ngon

Vietnamese cuisine has various versions of sticky rice, like mung bean sticky rice with crispy fried shallots, chicken sticky rice or corn sticky rice that can be eaten all year round, but there is only one that is enjoyed in autumn – quail over sticky rice.

Every autumn when the rice harvest season comes, flocks of quails fly back from the north to avoid the cold and swoop down to the fields to eat scattered grains. Therefore, October is also considered the season of quails, which is a special speciality in northern Việt Nam in autumn.

To the farmers, the bird is a nutritious dish during tiring days of harvesting. The birds often gather in areas of luxuriant foliage, catching worms or eating scattered rice grains on the ground, so they are easy to catch. With a simple trap made of two small nets and a quail as bait, the hunter can catch a whole flock for sale or an additional dish for the meal.

The quail is rich in nutrition and has a distinctive flavour. According to herbalist Nguyễn Văn Phúc from Thiên Nam General Clinic, the meat contains protein, fat, calcium, mineral salts, iron and vitamins, which helps to nourish the body, regulate and improve overall health, and therefore it is advisable for debilitated and malnourished people.

Naturally caught and fed on fresh grains, the texture of the meat is totally different from raised birds. It is firm, a little fatty, sweet and has a subtle fragrance of rice.

One of the tastiest ways to enjoy the meat is to cook it with sticky rice. The perfect material is Hoa Vàng glutinous rice with white and fragrant grain or those planted on the terraced fields in the north. The rice is soaked with water for at least five hours to soften it, washed and let dry before being mixed with a little salt and spices.

According to Đặng Trường, a chef of Kiến Restaurant in Hà Nội, the cook should follow specific stages while steaming the rice, such as keeping a close watch on the fire and the rice should be properly cooked to preserve its softness and aroma.

“The cook should also add a few drops of cooking oil to make the grains soft and shiny. Some experienced cooks even steam the rice with quail to blend it with the fat.”

The most delicious quails are young ones that are about to learn to fly as their meat is softer and sweeter. After being cleaned, the meat is minced, mixed with spices and fried with onions. The cooled sticky rice is mixed with the meat and the compound is steamed again.

The dish is most delicious when it is eaten hot. A little fried onion, coriander and pork floss could be added to its top to trigger the taste. The diner can feel the aroma of new rice mixed with the bird meat that will certainly tickle anyone’s taste buds.

Quail is only available in northern Việt Nam in autumn so, in other months of the year, the cook can use other kinds of bird meat instead like pigeon, duck or even chicken, but they aren’t as delicious.

If the dish is cooked with pigeon, it could be made into another irresistibly delicious version: crispy fried pigeon sticky rice. The ground meat, fried and mixed with spices, pâté de foie gras, fried onions and boiled lotus seeds, are stuffed inside the sticky rice and then the whole texture is fried until golden.

Crispy fried pigeon sticky rice could satisfy the strictest food-lovers. — Photo Xôi Chim Chiên Giòn Cô Xù Shop

The complete dish has an eye-catching colour and a cute round shape. It is crispy on the outside, and the inside is wrapped with a richly-seasoned pigeon meat filling, the taste of which is certainly pleasant to the strictest food-lover.

Here are some suggested addresses where you can try quail over sticky rice:

1. Chim Bốn Mùa Restaurant

Add: 187 Ngô Gia Tự, Vũ Ninh Ward, Bắc Ninh City

Tel: 0987 771 899

2. Oanh Restaurant

Add: 14 Hòe Nhai Street, Hà Nội

Tel: 0934381962

3. Bò Tơ Quán Mộc Restaurant

Add: 102 Thái Thịnh Street, Hà Nội

Tel: 094 195 8899.

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/1066401/quail-served-with-sticky-rice-%E2%80%93-must-try-dish-of-autumn.html

Life

World-renowned boy band Westlife to perform in Vietnam in November

Published

on

Irish boy band Westlife thrilled Vietnamese audiences on Tuesday night by revealing their plan to come back to Vietnam for a live concert scheduled for November 22.

The band wrote on their Facebook account that “Vietnam! We are so excited to be coming back with the Wild Dreams tour on 22nd November 2023.”

Their live concert will take place at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, according to their Facebook post.

Concert tickets will be put up for sale on Tuesday next week.

“Don’t miss out,” they told their fans.

A photo of the members of Westlife when they are young. Photo: The Guardian

A photo of the members of Westlife when they are young. Photo: The Guardian

Right after their announcement, the post received some 6,000 emotions, 1,500 comments, and over 1,000 shares from Facebook users.

Many fans commented that they were exhilarated and would go to the concert with their friends.

The boy band traveled to Vietnam for the first time to perform at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi in 2011, as part of their Westlife Gravity Tour.

Two years later, singer Shane Filan, main vocalist of Westlife, came to Ho Chi Minh City to perform at the You & Me Tour Live in Saigon show at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4. 

In 2017, Shane Filan made a comeback to Vietnam for his Love Always Tour. He sang his songs and many of Westlife’s greatest hits, such as Uptown girl, Beautiful in White, Tonight, and You Raise Me Up, at a stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.

Westlife was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1998. The band consists of Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne. Brian McFadden, a member of the band, left in 2004.

The group disbanded in 2012, but reunited in 2018.

Westlife became popular with Vietnamese audiences in the 1990s and 2000s.

Many Vietnamese fans express their excitement at Westlife’s comeback to Vietnam. Photo: The Irish Sun

Many Vietnamese fans express their excitement at Westlife’s comeback to Vietnam. Photo: The Irish Sun

In Ireland, the group has 11 number-one albums, 16 number-one singles, and 34 top-fifty singles.

The band has sold 55 million records worldwide and holds four Guinness World Records.

Among their greatest hits are My love, I Lay My Love on You, Queen of My Heart, Seasons in the Sun, Mandy, Fool Again, Swear it Again, and When You Tell Me That You Love Me.

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

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20230920/worldrenowned-boy-band-westlife-to-perform-in-vietnam-in-november/75682.html

Continue Reading

Life

13th European – Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival to open in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Published

on

Cinema fans will have the opportunity to enjoy free screenings of 19 documentary films at the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival, scheduled to take place from September 22 to 28 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

This year, the festival will present works from eight countries, including the UK, Austria, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Belgium (Wallonie-Brussels Delegation), and host Vietnam.

These works focus on such topics as climate change, environmental pollution, gender equality, and ways to protect and coexist peacefully with nature.

This annual cultural event is co-organized by the National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

Director Trinh Quang Tung, deputy head of the National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, said the festival is a cultural exchange activity that has left audiences with a good impression over the years.

Through the festival, film buffs can explore more about the people and culture of Vietnam and European countries, as well as the relations between humans and current global issues, Tung said.

The 13th edition is expected to enable Vietnamese artists and film producers to broaden their experience in the film industry and come up with new ideas, Tung added.

Among the seven international works to be featured at the festival, a few have won prestigious awards and nominations such as ‘The Happy Worker,’ ‘Sous Le Nom De Tania,’ ‘Die Unbeugsamen’ (Femocracy), and ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story.’

‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learn To Live Between The Volcanoes’ by Italian director Giovanni Troilo will be presented at the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival

‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learned To Live Between Volcanoes’ by Italian director Giovanni Troilo will be presented at the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival.

The seven films from EU nations highlight the topics of climate change, environmental protection, and peaceful coexistence with nature, including ‘Vesuvio’ or ‘How They Learned To Live Between Volcanoes’ (Italy), ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story’ (the UK), ‘Matter Out Of Place’ (Austria).

Film enthusiasts can also explore stories about other contemporary global issues including employment in ‘The Happy Worker’ (Finland), and women’s rights and gender equality in ‘Sous Le Nom De Tania’ (Wallonie-Brussels) and ‘Die Unbeugsamen’ (Germany).

Donna McGowan, director of the British Council in Vietnam, said the film festival will help us reflect on contemporary global issues.

Participants at a press meeting to announce the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival in Hanoi, September 18, 2023. Photo: Dau Dung / Tuoi Tre

Participants at a press meeting to announce the 13th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival in Hanoi, September 18, 2023. Photo: Dau Dung / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnam is vulnerable to climate change. Audiences will learn more about issues this country is encountering,” McGowan elaborated.

The 12 Vietnamese films at the event tell stories about environmental pollution, the post-war period, cybercrimes, wildlife protection, epidemics, and gender equality.

The festival will also feature documentary films by independent authors, comprising ‘Children Of The Mist’ (Vietnam), ‘Road Back To The Wild’ (Vietnam), and ‘I Want To Breathe’ (Vietnam).

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

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20230920/13th-european-vietnamese-documentary-film-festival-to-open-in-hanoi-ho-chi-minh-city/75678.html

Continue Reading

Life

Painter dedicates artworks to victims, rescuers of tragic Hanoi fire

Published

on

Artist Le Sa Long crafted a series of seven paintings within three days to commemorate 56 dead victims of a recent fatal fire in Hanoi, while also conveying his appreciation for the relentless efforts of both emergency responders and compassionate civilians who fought the blaze and aided the struggling victims.

Long, a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, joined numerous Vietnamese citizens from across Vietnam in closely monitoring news about the fire at an apartment block in Thanh Xuan District of the capital on Tuesday night last week.

The conflagration hit the apartment block down a narrow alley on Khuong Ha Street in the district and claimed the lives of 56 people while injuring 37 others.

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts the scene of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts the scene of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

The tragedy inspired Long to dedicate nearly three days to crafting seven paintings in remembrance of the lost victims.

Out of the seven paintings, five form a sequential narrative. 

The initial one portrays the scene of the tragic incident, while the subsequent paintings describe the efforts of emergency responders extinguishing the flames and rescuing individuals from the engulfed building.

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts two brave emergency responders fearlessly entering a burning building to rescue victims in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts two brave emergency responders fearlessly entering a burning building to rescue victims in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

The last two paintings consist of individual portraits. 

In one, he depicts Nguyen Dang Van, a 30-year-old deliveryman from Bac Ninh Province in northern Vietnam, who valiantly assisted in the rescue of nine people from the fire. 

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts police officers, firefighters, and civilians banding together to rescue victims of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts police officers, firefighters, and civilians banding together to rescue victims of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

In the other portrait, Long painted Pham Quoc Viet, founder and leader of First Aid Support Angels, a civilian charity organization committed to offering prompt first aid assistance for all accidents in Hanoi. 

Viet and his team also provided aid at the scene of the fire last Tuesday night.

“If I have the opportunity to meet these two brave young people, Pham Quoc Viet and Nguyen Dang Van, I will present them with their portrait paintings as a gesture of gratitude for their fearless acts of rescuing people without regard to their own safety,” Long said.

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts emergency responders working at the scene of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts emergency responders working at the scene of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

Besides, Long is currently working on another oil painting measuring 120cm x 160cm, centered around a rare moment of respite among the firefighters after they successfully combated the deadly blaze on Tuesday night.

He plans to put this painting up for auction, with the proceeds to be used as support for the families of the 56 deceased victims.

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts a firefighter carrying a child out of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A painting by artist Le Sa Long depicts a firefighter carrying a child out of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

The artist said he worked diligently to finish the first seven paintings on Sunday night, just before various Hanoi departments and organizations observed a minute of silence in memory of the 56 victims on Monday morning.

The result of his work, however, did not feel rushed at all.

A portrait by artist Le Sa Long depicts Nguyen Van Dang, a heroic deliveryman who helped rescue nine people from the site of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A portrait by artist Le Sa Long depicts Nguyen Van Dang, a heroic deliveryman who helped rescue nine people from the site of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

Long conveyed the poignant incident with a touch of compassion and sensitivity, paying tribute to the fire brigade and promoting fire prevention and fighting in a gentle and impactful manner.

He agreed with Hoang Song Viet, a prolific composer of traditional southern Vietnam music and performance ‘cai luong,’ on transforming this heart-wrenching incident into works of literature and art as a means to raise people’s awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fighting, particularly in densely-populated urban areas like Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

A portrait by artist Le Sa Long depicts Pham Quoc Viet, founder and leader of First Aid Support Angels, a civilian charity organization dedicated to providing timely first aid for accidents in Hanoi, who led his team to help rescue victims at the site of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

A portrait by artist Le Sa Long depicts Pham Quoc Viet, founder and leader of First Aid Support Angels, a civilian charity organization dedicated to providing timely first aid for accidents in Hanoi, who led his team to help rescue victims at the site of a tragic apartment building fire in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo: Supplied

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

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20230919/painter-dedicates-artworks-to-victims-rescuers-of-tragic-hanoi-fire/75657.html

Continue Reading

Trending