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SEA Games 31 expected to boost Vietnam’s tourism



SEA Games 31, which officially opened in Hanoi on May 12 night, will create a boost to economic and tourism recovery and development in Vietnam and ASEAN at large.

SEA Games 31 expected to boost Vietnam’s tourism hinh anh 1The Games is taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring cities and provinces. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi –
The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), which officially
opened in Hanoi on May 12 night, will create a boost to economic and tourism recovery
and development in Vietnam and ASEAN at large, a Vietnamese tourism official
has said.

Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National
Tourism Administration (VNTA), said the regional sport event offers a golden opportunity
for Vietnam to promote its tourism.

The Games is taking place in Hanoi and 11
neighbouring cities and provinces, from May 12-23 with the participation of nearly 5,000
athletes from 11 countries in the region. This is the second time Vietnam has
hosted SEA Games, the first in 2003.

Two years after the 2003 SEA Games, the number of
international tourists to Vietnam rose sharply, from 10-20 percent annually,
Sieu said.

Prior to the ongoing SEA Games 31, scheduled to last until May
23, Vietnam started to fully reopen its borders on March 15, with a host of
incentives towards both domestic and international visitors.

On the occasion of the Games, the VNTA has launched
a special website at that gives an overview
on Vietnam’s tourism as well as necessary information regarding visa, exit-entry  and medical procedures to foreign visitors.

The website also spotlights tourism in Hanoi and the
11 localities that host the Games – Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh,
Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, Bac Giang and Phu Tho.

Notably, “Let’s shine and live fully”, a welcome video
clip for SEA Games 31, is also available on the website, featuring Vietnam’s
most famous destinations like Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien
Giang, Nha Trang resort city in the central province of Khanh Hoa, UNESCO-recognised
Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, and Son Doong – the world’s
largest cave – in the central province of Quang Binh, among others.

The administration has also utilised social networks
like Facebook, Zalo, YouTube, and Instagram in the communication work.

The host cities and provinces have stepped up
tourism promotion with suitable measures.

Nam Dinh province that is hosting games in Group B
of the men’s football has launched a cuisine space introducing special dishes from
different localities prepared by prestigious artisans.

At the Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho province, where
Group A matches of men’s football are taking place, there are booths showcasing
local products that meet One Commune-One Product (OCOP) standards and providing
information on local tourism.

Hanoi capital city – the main venue of the SEA Games
31 – expects to welcome 1 million domestic visitors and 200,000 foreigners on
this occasion.

The municipal Department of Tourism has focused on
promoting such sites as the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam
(Temple of Literature Complex), the Hoa Lo Prison, the Bat Trang ancient
pottery village, the Ba Vi National Park, and the Duong Lam ancient village, among

Fourteen four- and five-star hotels in the city are
offering services to foreign sport delegations, audiences and journalists.

SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger South East
Asia”, features 40 sports with 523 events, it is expected
to attract around 10,000 participants. The biennial event was initially slated
for late 2021 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic./.



Baby lobster fried with garlic (tôm hùm baby chiên vị tỏi)



with Chef Lê Đức Hải of Ngon Garden Restaurant in Hà Nội

Chef Lê Đức Hải


–    Lobster: 1.5kg

–    Garlic:5 pieces

–    Light butter:1 tablespoon

–    Shrimp satay:1 teaspoon

–    Cooking oil:2 tablespoons

–    Broth mix, sugar, chilli and pepper

Choose the lobsters, light butter and shrimp satay:

You should choose live lobsters with a light pure blue shell which has a natural sea smell.

You can buy the light butter and shrimp satay in supermarkets, bakeries or online.

 Baby lobster fried with garlic (tôm hùm baby chiên vị tỏi)

Cooking the dish:

–    Clean the shrimp carefully with light salt mixed with white wine to clear its fishy smell before using a knife to vertically cut it into two to take out the dirty thread on its back, and use a spoon to get any shrimp roe and pour it into a bowl.

–    Peel, clean and mince the garlic

–    Put the cooking oil in a pan over medium heat then put the lobsters in and regularly turn for about three minutes until they all turn into a light red colour before turning off the heat and putting the lobsters on a plate.

–   Fry the minced garlic until it becomes brown colour and put light butter and the lobster roe in the pan to cook for a minute then add the sugar, broth mix and shrimp satay and stir well.

–    Finally, arrange the fried lobsters on a plate and pour on the sauce.

Completed dish:

–    The dish has the tasty sweet flavour of the lobster, aromatic fragrance of fried garlic, and spiciness from chilli and pepper mixed in to the roe. 

      It is best eaten with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. VNS


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Fine dining at Le Beaulieu



FLAMING GOOD: The waitress cooks the lobster bisque at the table. VNS Photos Mỹ Hà

by Mỹ Trang

It was a special occasion, and we all wanted to celebrate it at Le Beaulieu. The usual restaurant has been under renovation for a while and we could not have a table looking out onto the street, instead, its temporary location had been moved further inside Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, which has a cosy interior. 

It’s always a pleasure to look at the menu, carefully crafted with dishes that have ingredients in season, varied, but not too many that it blows your mind. Nevertheless, it is hard to nail one dish down. 

If you go to a Vietnamese restaurant, its menu can last for pages, and you leaf from beginning to end, perplexed among so many dishes cooked in so many different ways, and you end up picking a few things and you are not sure you made a good choice. 

It’s different at Le Beaulieu where you see familiar dishes that you know are delicious. You are also open to exploring new seasonal items that may not be there the next time you visit. So trying new things is a good choice before they are not available anymore. 

First, we had Foie Gras Poélé (VNĐ720,000), seared goose liver with a layer of cantaloupe, so thin you barely taste it, along with 24-month Iberico Jamon and thyme juice.

The French dishes can be notoriously expensive with so little food and the description so aloof that you feel scared to criticise it for fear of showing that you’re not a connoisseur. The risk with fine food is that if you take a bite too much, you destroy the flavour. The rule of thumb is always the less, the better.

I remember once having the delicacy of cold escargot soup, bún ốc nguội Hà Nội, at a tiny shop at the Ô Quan Chưởng Gate in the Old Quarter. The fresh rice noodle rolled in small bits the size of a large coin, while the escargots amounted to seven at most.

We were young and hungry students who wanted to fill up our stomachs. So after the first bowl, we ordered one more. By the second bite, my best friend and I looked each other in the eyes, and we both felt the same thing, but we could not find the words. It was becoming too much, and we just dropped our chopsticks. That was it. We couldn’t have another. It’s hard to explain, but it’s exactly what happened. 

SEAFOOD SPECIAL: Seared scallops with lobster sauce, strongly recommended from the house’s special menu.

Next, our dining companions decided to have the lobster bisque (VNĐ 650,000). It’s a traditional French soup, very heart-warming and rich enough it will leave you smiling happily. The soup portion is quite large, and if you take one, you’ll be full. There’s no room left for anything else. So we decided to share it, and everyone was happy. 

It’s always good to have soup at this restaurant. The level of expertise cannot be questioned. The ingredients and flavours blend so well that you cant sit back and enjoy being served. The lobster soup is a signature dish that you must try.

Back when COVID first started to spread, and borders were shut down, many farms raising lobsters in the southern centre of Việt Nam suffered. They could not export lobsters of the contracted size, and smaller lobsters, about 300gr or 400gr each, were up for sale across the country.

People started buying home-grown lobsters at an affordable price, and online, lobster recipes were widely shared. In those days, we learned how to cook lobster bisque, though it may not be as delicious as what we had here at Le Beaulieu, it was nice and fresh as the ingredients were good and in season.

LESS IS MORE: Seared goose liver with cantaloupe.

Next came our main courses. I went for Grilled Scallops with black truffles and lobster sauce (VNĐ1,400,000), and my dining companion chose Beef Rossini (VNĐ1,900,000), an all-time favourite main course of the house. Bite-size medium rarebits layered with potato with cheese, a bit of goose liver, and a few drops of the accompanying sauce, my companion was amazed.

“It’s so good, it makes me want to cry!” she said.

“My oh my, I don’t want you to cry, my dear,” I thought to myself.

Sometimes, it’s better to just let things take their course and observe in silence. It was such a fulfilling experience; we will just let it end there. There was no need for a dessert, this time at least. VNS


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Hanoi Cuisine Festival opens



The Hanoi Cuisine and Handicraft Villages Tourism Festival has opened to visitors in Le Quang Dao Street in Nam Tu Liem district to entertain SEA Games visitors.

Hanoi Cuisine Festival opens hinh anh 1The event introduces the best dishes of the capital. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi — The Hanoi Cuisine and Handicraft Villages Tourism Festival
has opened to visitors in Le Quang Dao Street in Nam Tu Liem district
to entertain SEA Games visitors.

The event gathers hundreds of handicraft villages, artisans and
food suppliers in the city and throughout the country.

The festival introduces the top dishes of the city and some
neighbouring localities, typical handicraft villages, which offer tourism
services, and demonstrations of traditional handicrafts.

booths host cuisine spaces offering popular dishes such as rice pancakes,
shrimp cakes, coffee, young rice cake, and tea scented with lotus from the West

Handicraft shops introduce notable villages like Van Phuc Silk
Village, Bat Trang Ceramic Village and Son Dong Wood Craft Village, where
visitors can listen to guides explaining the village production processes.

This festival aims to advertise the images and destinations of
Hanoi’s tourism and introduce local cuisine to both domestic and foreign
visitors, said Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, deputy director of Hanoi Investment, Trade
and Tourism Centre, at the recent opening ceremony.

The event highlights the importance of cuisine and
handicraft villages as tourism products to contribute to the local economy and
preserve intangible heritage, she said.

Hanoi has been considered a hub of delicious dishes, which
represent the creativity and talent of local residents.

She said that the city had been voted as a city with alluring
cuisine by various international travel magazines.

Hanoi hosts more than 1,350 handicraft villages, many of which
are popular destinations for tourists.

The festival will last until May 23, and is part of
a series of activities to advertise the capital as a safe,
friendly and attractive destination./.


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