Vietnamese food is, in my opinion, one of the most exquisite cuisines in the world. Describing Vietnamese food would not be complete without talking about the herbs used. What makes Vietnamese food stand out is that it derives it’s flavor from vegetable and herbs rather than being fried in oil, making it fairly light but still savory. These herbs provide Vietnamese food with … [Read more...] about Torn, Tossed, Topped, Wrapped and/or Rolled! An Herbal Look at Vietnamese Cuisine
Some of the most healthy foods that can be found on this planet are unique fruits that resemble the dragon fruit. They vary in size and shape, but have many health benefiting qualities. So what exactly is a Dragon Fruit? Often called a pitaya, the dragon fruit has a hot pink coloration, with green tips that have a scale-like appearance and a funky look . This odd-looking … [Read more...] about The Dragon From Back Home
So the other day as I was doing my five mile run on the treadmill, I noticed the Food Network channel displaying over my head. The first thing I thought to myself was, “Why is it that gym tends to showcase food channels?” I suppose it’s a bit masochistic on my part to watch that glistening warm apple pie coming out of that hot oven, or that drizzling hot fudge trickling down … [Read more...] about What the Pho? The Growing Trend of Pho Eating Contests
Since Vietnam opened itself up to international investment, more multinational companies have begun setting up franchise branches in Vietnam. For many of these long established multinationals, venturing into new markets doesn't just mean opening up more shops--it also presents an opportunity to revitalize an old brand or re-envision a new legacy under a familiar name. Case … [Read more...] about Food Iconography: KFC, A Sign of Affluence in Vietnam?
Why? Because banh mi and bubble tea are a million idea, that's why. This weekend's episode of This American Life (which originally aired July 16, 2010) features the story of dueling banh mi shops in Brooklyn. Hanco runs a successful banh mi shop on Bergen Street when suddenly a banh mi shop with an identical menu to his own opens up four blocks down. Who opened it? A trio of … [Read more...] about VTP Quickie: Vietnamese Story Featured on This Weekend’s This American Life