Series of activities to celebrate 25th anniversary of Da Nang’s recognition as centrally-governed city
In the remaining months of this year, the Da Nang Union of Literature and Arts Associations will continue to carry out activities celebrate 25th anniversary of Da Nang’s recognition as centrally-governed city
Notable among them will be the joint compilation of books entitled ‘Son Tra District – Monuments and Beauty Spots’ and “25 Years of Studying into Folk Culture’, the launching of the fourth municipal Literary and Arts Awards, preparation for the Fine Arts Exhibition 2022 in Zone No.5.
In first half of this year, despite the negative impacts of COVID-19 ressurgence, the Union of Literary and Arts Associations achieved remarkable results in celebrating national anniversaries, public holidays, municipal and national-level political events.
In particular, the associations of Fine Arts, Artistic photography and Folk Arts promptly organise camps to improve professional skills and enhance their creativity for their own members.
Source: Danang Today
A top gear motorbike tour from Hue to Hoi An has been ranked 12th on the list of the world’s 25 best travel experiences, according to Tripadvisor’s 2021 Travelers’ Choice of the Best Things to Do.
The 7.5-hour motorbike tour that costs US$74.77 per person takes visitors from former imperial capital Hue to the ancient town of Hoi An allows, thus allowing them to explore famous tourist attractions in Central Viet Nam such as Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Da Nang centre, the Marble Mountains Tourist Area and Hoi An itself.
“Amazing from start to finish! So friendly, great fun. The views were epic! Such good value! It’s a must if you’re in Viet Nam,” a Tripadvisor reader said.
Meanwhile, a street food tour of delicacies in Ho Chi Minh City came in 14th in the top 25 travel experiences.
The list also feature other world-renowned travel experiences such as a jet flight tour of Dubai, white water rafting along Kaituna river in New Zealand, a kayak tour of Shell Key in the U.S., along with a visit to Arenales Caves and River Adventure in Puerto Rico.
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Source: Danang Today
The Da Nang Department of Culture and Sports has chosen highly qualified contractors to implement the preservation and restoration of the downgraded Nam O communal village house Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu District in a bid to promote the cultural and historical values of this time-honoured site.
A total of more than VNd 8 billion from the municipal budget will be spent on upgrading components such as the roof, walls, foundations and constructing new work items.
Recently, the municipal government also gave a nod to select the contractor for the upgrade of Da Son communal village house in Lien Chieu District at a total investment of more than VND8.3 billion.
In addition, VND 4.5 billion from the municipal budget be earmarked for the renovation and expansion of national-level Phuoc Ninh Cemetery in Nam Duong Ward, Hai Chau District.
A land plot covering an area of nearly 3,200m2 at the front Nguyen Van Linh – Hoang Dieu in intersection adjacent to the cemetery will be turned into a park for the public use.
Following recent approval by the municipal administration, Hoa Vang District-based tomb of Le Van Hoan, a famous Vietnamese general in the Tay Son and Nguyen feudal dynasties will be restored at a an expenditure of more than VND3 billion.
Likewise, a total of more than VND13 billion will be used to bring a “new coach” to a number of degraded relic sites in Son Tra District.
Source: Danang Today
“Viet Namese food is distinct and unforgettable,” author Eleanor Aldridge wrote, adding that spread across street-side vendors and high-end restaurants, typical Vietnamese food tastes salty, sweet, sour and hot.
Goi Cuon (spring rolls)
Goi Cuon are translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and minced pork or shrimp. A southern variation has barbecued strips of pork wrapped up with green banana and star fruit, and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce – every bit as tasty as it sounds, the article said.
It is usually served as a starter before a main course at Vietnamese restaurants.
Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich)
Banh mi is one of the most popular street foods in Viet Nam, Aldridge claimed. The dish was first created during French colonial rule during the 19th century. Banh mi uses a French baguette and is filled with a delicious selection of ingredients.
The baguette sandwich is filled with greens and a choice of fillings, including paté and usually pork. Other fillings include beef, chicken, liver and tofu. Banh mi is so good that it’s gone on to be imitated around the world, from London to New York.
Banh xeo (sizzling pancakes)
These enormous, cheap and filling Vietnamese pancakes contains shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and egg. They are fried, wrapped in rice paper with greens and dunked in a sauce before eaten.
The best city to try Banh xeo (or “sizzling pancake”) is Ho Chi Minh City, the writer recommended, adding that it is a perfect accompaniment for long journeys by train or bus.
Bun Cha (grilled meatballs)
Bun Cha is a Hanoi specialty. It can be found at food stalls and street kitchens across the city. The pork is barbecued on an open charcoal brazier and served on a bed of cold rice noodles with assorted foliage and a broth.
This type of Vietnamese cuisine is usually eaten at lunchtime. It’s been described as somewhat similar to meatballs or hamburgers, but with its intriguing mix of flavors, there’s not another taste like it!
Pho (noodle soup)
The country’s great staple dish is Pho (pronounced “fuh”). This noodle soup can be eaten at any time of day but is primarily eaten at breakfast. It originated in the north of the country but is now a national dish of Viet Nam. A bowl of Pho consists of a light beef or chicken broth flavoured with ginger and coriander, to which are added broad, flat rice noodles and spring onions. Meat-wise, slivers of chicken, pork or beef are then added. Tofu is the main vegetarian option.
Pho in Viet Nam can be found on almost every menu; once you’ve got your serving, squeeze a lime over it and add a dash of chilli flakes for an extra kick.
Cao lau (noodle bowl)
Central Viet Nam does it best. Among Hoi An’s tasty specialities is Cao lau, a mouthwatering bowlful of thick rice-flour noodles, bean sprouts and pork-rind croutons in a light soup. Cao lau is then flavoured with mint and star anise, topped with thin slices of pork and served with grilled rice-flour crackers or sprinkled with crispy rice paper.
Cha ca (Turmeric fish)
Seafood dishes stands above most other Vietnamese cuisine, said Aldridge. Cha ca, reportedly created in Hanoi, is perhaps the best known. It sees white fish sautéed in butter with dill and spring onions, then served with rice noodles and a scattering of peanuts.
Da Nang is one of the best places to tuck into Vietnamese seafood dishes. Thanks to its waterfront position, Da Nang’s specialities are fish-based and is the perfect spot to try Cha ca. A similar eat that’s popular in the local area is Bun cha ca, a fishcake noodle soup.
Mi Quang (noodle soup)
Mi Quang’s ingredients vary by establishment, but expect to see a simple bowl of meat noodles with additions like flavoursome oils, fresh sprigs of leaves, shrimp, peanuts, mint and quail eggs.
British magazine recommends must-try Vietnamese dishes
Com tam (Broken Rice)
Com Tam is a quick’n’easy street-stand favourite that is almost exclusive to Ho Chi Minh City. Made up of smaller pieces of rice, it’s also known as Broken Rice, and was traditionally a leftover-style snack. The Viet Namese have managed to hone it into a renowned Ho Chi Minh City street food snack.
Com Tam is served with either grilled/steamed/shredded pork (usually grilled), fish or simply a fried egg. And this being Viet Nam food, it wouldn’t be complete without a squeeze of lime, a sprinkle of fresh herbs and a smattering of spring onion.