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It’s on the wooden deck of the beachfront restaurant of Villa Aria Mui Ne filled with soft tunes of bosa nova pouring away right into the sparkling sea lying just meters away, where Janus has shown me his full foxy (cunning) face- reveal or not to reveal- that was a dilemma clearly stated. As all of a sudden I was struck with the seductive idea to keep the secret of this bright new boutique hotel to myself. [ more... ]
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Don’t let the kebab stall at the start of Tran Quoc Toan’s street eats section put you off, it’s just another wonderful Hanoian incongruity. Perhaps its a talisman put there by the food gods to throw off track those of little faith in their search for Hanoi’s famous street food. [ more... ]
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Some might even consider it a chore. Most, although they might enjoy it, would say it is a normal everyday activity. Nearly all of us would agree that in the right creative hands it can be elevated to an art although one whose product does a fast disappearing act. [ more... ]
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When talking of food there is definitely a French connection in Vietnam. Witness the baguettes for sale on street corners at breakfast time. It may not be in the DNA, as the modern idiom goes, but it is certainly in the language. [ more... ]
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Mua Dining & Café has recently opened its doors in Ho Chi Minh City. Its name, Mùa, in Vietnamese, means ‘season’ and its philosophy is to serve fresh food in season from the three main regions of Vietnam, North, Central and South. [ more... ]
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For many, 5 p.m. certainly marks the end of a working day and time for rest and relaxation. However, this may not be true in dynamic business life, it’s the time to move from behind the desk to the business dinning table, to network, socialise and catalyse deals. [ more... ]
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On my way to work in Ho Chi Minh City I often pass by a restaurant housed in a tall building opposite the Reunification Palace. There is always a lively scene of diners munching away in a courtyard. [ more... ]
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The dark brown wooden tables and chairs, the wooden floor and ceiling, the yellow lights: all of it painted a classy but cozy picture of a Vietnamese restaurant in a private corner of downtown Hanoi. [ more... ]
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Azenh in the Old Quarter, Hanoi’s hub for street gourmets, at 31 Lò Sũ Street, Hanoi, offers Vietnamese street food, _including snacks and savoury pastry, that lures diners to Phố Cổ (the Old Quarter). [ more... ]
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In the last few years, I have written about good Vietnamese restaurants and cafes that expatriates would be likely to go for and Western-style restaurants for expatriates who felt a longing for the familiar. [ more... ]
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The special thing about Huong Canh is its blue clay, the raw material used to make its famous products. This clay is found in the swampy areas, 3-10m ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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