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‘Taste of Australia 2022’ kicks off in Vietnam

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The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City held a press conference on Wednesday morning to launch the Taste of Australia 2022, an annual celebration of Australia’s food and beverages in Vietnam, at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The Taste of Australia 2022, which will take place for two months after a long hiatus due to COVID-19, is an opportunity to showcase the fusion of the best of Australian food materials and Vietnamese cooking culture.

The press conference was attended by Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper, Australia’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Rebecca Ball, Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen.

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Consul General Hooper told Tuoi Tre News that the event is a fantastic opportunity to bring Taste of Australia back to the city and to highlight Australian food produce.

Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Rebecca Ball (left) and Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper (right) talk about the Australian premium produce at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Australia’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Rebecca Ball (left) and Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper (right) talk about premium Australian produce at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

“I think Taste of Vietnam is ideally suited to a market like Vietnam,” Hooper said.

“Vietnam has a world-class cuisine with foods that everybody around the world wants to eat. Australia has fantastically safe and high-quality produce.

“So it’s combining Australian produce with Vietnamese cooking, culture, and recipes that really brings it to life.”

Australia is fortunate to have a large number of Australians of Vietnamese heritage who are fantastic chefs because they can showcase Australian produce to its best advantage through Vietnamese cooking recipes and culture, the diplomat said.

Australian premium products will be sold in some of the biggest supermarket systems in Vietnam within the next few months. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Premium Australian products will be sold in some of the biggest supermarket systems in Vietnam within the next few months. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

“People see Australian food as something they can trust because they know that when it’s produced, it’s produced under all kinds of standards that translate to food safety,” she said.

“And this is important for Vietnamese consumers, who are happy to know that there’s a safe food option for them.”

Speaking at the press briefing, Australia’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Ball said that the food products on display will be sold in supermarkets in Vietnam within the next few months, allowing Vietnamese consumers to experience the culture and innovation of Australian produce.

Cuisine elevation

Participants at the press conference also have a chance to experience premium, delicious Australian produce through a special menu designed and prepared by world-renowed Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen.

Chef Luke Nguyen showcases his two dishes made from Australian high-end abalone and oyster. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Chef Luke Nguyen showcases his two dishes made from Australian high-end abalones and oysters. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

According to Nguyen, his parents taught him to cook and always told him to use a lot of seasoning powder to get the flavor when he cooked Vietnamese dishes, but everything changed when he went to culinary school.

“My parents taught me how to cook. As I grew older and attended culinary school, I began to wonder why all Vietnamese restaurants tasted the same,” he recounted.

“It’s due to the fact that they all use the same additives to keep it affordable.

“In culinary school, I was taught how to elevate Vietnamese dishes and how to put Vietnamese cuisine on the culinary map of the world.”

A dish of raw oysters top with salmon roe by chef Luke Nguyen. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

A dish of raw oysters topped with salmon roe by chef Luke Nguyen. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen also remarked that the inspiration for the menu at the event is to elevate Vietnamese cuisine.

“It’s a really great match to combine premium, safe Australian products with Vietnamese flavors,” he observed. 

“I want to introduce Vietnamese food to the world.

“And I do this by bringing Australian products into Vietnamese dishes. And we elevate the cuisine to a much higher level.”

Along with Australian produce, the Taste of Australia 2022 also features sophisticated Australian wine varieties and the versatility of Australian wine for pairing with Vietnamese food.

Consumers have grown accustomed to this event occurring annually to learn more about wine after five years of his company collaborating with the Australian Consulate General to promote wine culture to Vietnamese people, said Nguyen Khac Huy, business development manager of Red Apron Fine Wines & Spirits.

Nguyen Khac Huy, Business Development Manager of Red Apron Fine Wines & Spirits, talks to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter during an interview at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Khac Huy (right), business development manager of Red Apron Fine Wines & Spirits, talks to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter during an interview at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

“Taste of Australia is not simply an event to promote Australian wine or Australian products in Vietnam,” Huy said.

“It also promotes a more positive image of wine in Vietnam, bringing wine closer to the people, and altering their culture and way of enjoying wine.

“It is challenging to integrate wine into Vietnamese culture.

“However, the market has become more active in the last decade, indicating that Vietnamese people are becoming more conscious of their lifestyle and eating habits.”

Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper gives a speech at the opening of the Taste of Australia 2022 press conference at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper gives a speech at the opening of the Taste of Australia 2022 press conference at Vietnam House Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 20, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre

Huy added that pairing Vietnamese cuisine with wine serves as a means of bridging two cultures and introducing Vietnamese cuisine to the rest of the world.

The Taste of Australia 2022 will partner with up to 40 of the best restaurants in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to feature the first-class quality of true Australian produce, fresh fruits, and products in the local market.

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Ho Chi Minh City zoo uses elephant dung to make paper

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The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City recently collaborated with a group of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) students in transforming elephant dung into paper.

After eight months of research, the first elephant dung papers were produced. 

Even though some of them cannot be used, the crew has been continuously developing chemical-free procedures to make paper from elephant excrement in order to raise awareness of wildlife protection.

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Elephants consume primarily grass and vegetables, therefore their feces are clumpy and high in fiber. In the past, their excrement was either discarded or used as fertilizer.

According to Dang Kieu Anh, a HUTECH major in animal husbandry, the group recycles excrement into paper every weekend.

“The first step in turning elephant dung into paper is washing the waste to remove impurities, leaving only the fiber for recycling,” Anh said.

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

“Following this, the fiber will be boiled to eliminate bacteria and odor.

“The boiled fiber will then be sun-dried and blended. 

“The blended fiber will be mixed with water, paper pulp, and tapioca starch.

“The final products will be obtained by pouring the mixture into a mold and exposing it to the sun for drying.”

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, stated that some countries have already succeeded in producing paper from elephant dung, which is an excellent idea considering the declining forest area and the decreasing number of elephants in the wild and in captivity.

“With the aim to recycle elephant dung, the product may inspire everyone to work together to protect the environment and elephants,” Truc said.

“Every 100 grams of mixed elephant dung may typically be recycled into seven to eight sheets of paper with the same thickness.

“To make the paper more usable, we are now studying methods to enhance its quality. 

“We have no plans to sell the sheets to the public.

“We will supply paper for children’s educational materials.”

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residue. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residues. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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Vocational school students present recycled items at environmental protection event in Da Nang

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Hundreds of unique recycled products created by vocational school students were presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Saturday.

Taking place at the Da Nang Vocational Training College, the event was organized for the first time by the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs.

Its goal was to promote a green lifestyle and students’ roles in environmental protection, contribute to the establishment of green schools, and limit plastic waste at vocational education institutions.

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable material at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable materials at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The event was joined by nearly 2,000 students of vocational schools in Da Nang and nearby provinces.

The participants presented a variety of recycled products, namely handbags sewn from used tarpaulin, ornaments made from plastic cups and spoons, and tables and chairs made from discarded tires.

Products made from recyclable material are presented at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Products made from recyclable materials are displayed at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Using recycled items is no longer a trend, Kieu Loan, 19, stated, adding that it has become a habit of many young people, showing their love for and awareness of the environment.

“This event puts forward a lot of good ideas for recycling discarded items in our daily life,” said Minh Toai, 24.

It also featured a photo exhibition and a game with about 100 players, centered around environmental protection, climate change, and plastic waste.

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends at event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

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Hue Citadel attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy Hue Festival 2022

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Thousands of tourists flocked to the Hue Citadel in Thua Thien-Hue Province on Wednesday night, the first night of free admission to the Hue Festival 2022, to take part in major art activities.

Within the framework of 2022 Hue Festival, the Hue Monuments Conservation Center is offering free entrance to the Imperial City within the Hue Citadel in the city’s namesake till Thursday.

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

On Wednesday, one of the key programs of Hue Festival 2022, an art performance was staged in front of the yard of Thai Hoa Palace.

In the space of the historic Nguyen Dynasty Royal Palace, this art program has combined tradition and modernity.

Hue Citadel was adorned with more multicolored lights to welcome travelers at night, creating a sparkling scene.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Tuan Anh, a tourist from the capital city of Hanoi, stated that he was truly astonished by the Imperial City’s breathtaking beauty.

“It’s fantastic to be photographed in the royal palace’s nighttime backdrop with such sparkling illumination,” Anh said.

“After this event, hopefully Hue will keep the citadel open at night so that travelers from all over the country can visit.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

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