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Traditional soups cooked with local taro a healthy and frugal choice



Thanh Hà

Taro cooked with pork ribs and water morning glory (locally known as canh sườn khoai sọ rau muống) and crab soup cooked with taro and vegetables (canh cua khoai sọ rau rút) are traditional, frugal dishes.

Local taro is very familiar to Vietnamese people. It is mainly grown in the country’s low- and mid-land regions. It is rich in fiber, starch and minerals that are very good for health, according to herbalist Nguyễn Văn Tuất from the Hưng Yên Province’s Traditional Medicines Centre.

Local taro soup with pork ribs and water morning glory has become a beloved dish. Photo

“It helps to stabilise blood pressure and is very good for the cardiovascular system,” he said, adding that it is a great meal for elderly people.

I often cook the soup once or twice a week instead of rice to reduce my cholesterol as advised by my doctor.

To make the soup tastier, I often wake up early in the morning to go to a market near my house in Hà Nội’s Kim Ngưu Ward to buy fresh ingredients.

To make the soup tastier, the taro should be rough, and you need fresh pork ribs, onions and water morning glory. Photo

The ingredients include pork ribs: 250gr, taro 500gr, water morning glory 100gr, purple onion, fresh onion, 20gr, fish sauce 1 tablespoon, cooking oil 1 tablespoon, salt, broth mix, sugar and pepper.

I still remember my mother advised me on how to choose quality taro. “You should choose small taro with similar size and rough skin to ensure that they are soft,” she said.

One of the important steps is to clean the pork ribs carefully and soak them in lightly salted water for 2-3 minutes before parboiling them for another 3 minutes and cleaning them again with cold water.

Taro with crab soup and veggies (water mimosa and morning glory) is also a popular dish for locals. Photo

The next step is to marinate the ribs with these above-mention spices for 15-20 minutes while peeling the taro and cutting them. 

The water morning glory is cut into two parts with the leaves while mincing the purple onions and cutting the fresh onion into pieces of 3cm each.

The last step is to place a pot over medium heat, pouring 1 tablespoon cooking oil in, and then fry the minced onions for a while and put the ribs in the pot before pouring 700ml of water in the pot and stewing it for 30 minutes over a light fire before putting taro and water morning glory in and to continue cooking it for 10 minutes.

Vegetables are very tasty when cooked with taro and crab soup. Photo

The dish’s delicious and savoury smell fills the kitchen and my husband asks me to serve him a bowl immediately.

The ribs, taro and water morning glory are sweet and soft with a buttery taste. The soup is particularly tasty with flavour from the mixed ingredients of onions, pepper and chili.

“I enjoy it so much,” he said, asking if I cook the soup more than twice a week.

Apart from the above-mention soup, I sometimes cook canh cua (crab soup) khoai sọ rau rút (water mimosa) to cool down in summer.

My aunt in Nghệ An’s Quỳnh Đôi Village, where the temperature is often very high at 40-42 C in summer, says most villagers cook the soup daily because they consider it a very good traditional medicine.

These soups have existed in Việt Nam for a long time. They are so tasty and nutritious that locals call them specialties. VNS



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Ha Nam boasts favourable conditions for the development of typical tourist products in the Red River Delta. The province is home to many historical, cultural, spiritual, and religious sites.

They possess unique advantages, helping the province reshape its tourism industry and develop more offerings for visitors.

The number of tourists to Ha Nam reached over 3.8 million in the first half of this year, nearly double the number in the same period last year and fulfilling nearly 90% of its annual plan.

Total revenue from tourism was estimated at nearly 114 million USD, or more than double the figure posted in the same period of 2022.

To continue to be a bright spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, Ha Nam is focusing on building a number of typical tourism products, attracting investment in eco-spiritual, resort, and entertainment tourism. It is also trying to connect tours and tourist routes with others elsewhere around Vietnam to create better links for tourism development./.


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The management board of the national park has actively cooperated with domestic and foreign organizations to carry out scientific projects to preserve the heritage for the local socio-economic development.

In 2003, experts from the Royal British Cave Association discovered Son Doong – the world’s largest cave in the park. The site is important in caving research in the region, promoting the image of Phong Nha-Ke Bang around the world.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has three forms of tourism, including self-exploration, joint venture businesses, and leasing of forest environment services.

The development of tourism services has attracted an increasing number of visitors to the site. In order to ensure both tourism development and sustainable heritage conservation, the park management board is monitoring and assessing the impact of tourism activities on the caves to mitigate negative impacts on the heritage./.


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The Hanoi Department of Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

Over 3,000 int'l visitors come to Hanoi for BlackPink concert hinh anh 1Blackpink‘s performance at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi late last month. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Hanoi Department of
Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple
flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

The foreign visitors are mostly from China, Canada, Thailand,
Japan, and Malaysia while Vietnamese fans of Blackpinks are mainly from Hanoi, Ho Chi
Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

During the period, city tour service providers with double-decker buses saw a significantly increased number of clients.
Particularly, the number of service users who booked
online tickets from July 29 to July 31 rose 15% compared to the
previous days. Some hotels, especially in the
areas in the district of Thanh Xuan and Cau Giay around My the Dinh National Stadium
posted a 20% increase in room occupancy compared to the previous weekends.

Search volume for booking in Hanoi during the two days of
BlackPink concert through international booking websites grew by ten
times compared to the previous week, according to Agoda.

The average occupancy rate of the hotels in July 2023 reached 60.8%, up 19.2% over the same period in 2022.

From July 28 to 30, the number of visitors to Hanoi’s tourist
destinations increased by 15-20% compared to the same
period last year.

Specifically, the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam
welcomed more than 9,600 visitors, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel more than 8,000
visitors, and Bao Son Paradise Park 7,000 visitors.

On July 29 – 30, the total number of tourists to Hanoi
reached more than 170,000, including more than 30,000 international tourists. The city’s total revenue from tourism reached 630 billion VND (25.54 million USD)./.


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