British magazine places Ho Chi Minh City in fourth position among world’s 20 best cities for food

Sunday, 09/06/2024 21:00
British magazine TimeOut has placed Ho Chi Minh City in fourth position among its list of the world’s leading 20 cities for food.
British magazine places Ho Chi Minh City in fourth position among world’s 20 best cities for food 

Boasting a range of tastes such as sweet, spicy, fragrant, and fishy, Vietnamese cuisine never compromises on flavour, meaning that food lovers all over the world can sample the very best of it when visiting Ho Chi Minh, VNA reported the article.

According to the British media outlet, beyond the streetside food stalls and bustling markets hawking banh mi, snails, broken rice, and offal stew are a clutch of Bib Gourmand and Michelin-starred restaurants serving up creative versions of classic dishes. However, by far the most mentioned dish in TimeOut’s survey was Phở, a type of local noodle soup.

The warming noodle soup in the south is typically heavily garnished with basil, coriander, chilli and hoisin sauce, whilst it is a Vietnamese staple that can be found across the city, TimeOut shared.

Vietnam's first musical film premieres in Paris

According to VNA, Vietnam’s first musical movie "Doa hoa mong manh" (A Fragile Flower) by producer - director Mai Thu Huyen premiered in Paris on June 7 evening.

An exchange between French audiences and Vietnamese film crew. (Photo: VNA) 

With the support of the CCEE Paris Events, the introduction of the film was the first of its kind held in France, with the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang, Vietnamese expatriates and French friends.

"A Fragile Flower" is inspired by the life of a Vietnamese singer living abroad with her triumphs, fame and challenges when pursuing success abroad. Shot entirely in the US, the movie aims to bridge the cultural gap by promoting the beauty of Vietnamese music to international audiences and fostering a connection between expats and their homeland.

Through a selection of 15 carefully chosen songs performed in Vietnamese, English and French, the movie captures the characters’ emotional journeys, allowing audiences to not only experience the captivating music but also gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and its people.

Vietnam's first musical film premieres in Paris 

With 12 awards from various international film festivals, the movie resonated particularly well with Vietnamese expats during its screenings in the US, India, France, and other European countries, receiving positive reviews from both film critics and audiences. Notably, it secured the prestigious Best Female Director Feature Film award at the 2024 World Film Festival in Cannes, solidifying its place as a cinematic achievement.

Vietnamese Embassy introduces culture, cuisine at Prague food festival

The Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic introduced typical dishes and products of Vietnam to the 7th edition of the Food and Culture Embassy Festival in Prague on June 8, reported VNA.

Vietnamese food and traditional products draw visitors. (Photo: VNA) 

The largest international street food festival in the city, the event featured over 130 booths representing 55 countries and territories.

The Vietnamese booth proved a popular destination for festival-goers, drawing long lines of eager visitors, both local people and international guests interested in experiencing Vietnamese culture.

Traditional dishes like spring rolls and grilled pork with noodles were the favourites of the visitors, while those seeking souvenirs snapped up conical hats and silk scarves.

Beyond the culinary delights, the event offered a vibrant display of cultural heritage with dozens of music and dance performances showcasing the traditions of various nations and drawing about 15,000 visitors.

Vietnamese photographer wins second prize in UK photo contest

According to VOV, Cao Ky Nhan from Phu Yen province, central Vietnam, has won second prize in the Food In The Field category in the UK’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, which is the world's leading photography competition.

His entry “Sheep Farming Of the Cham People” wins second prize in the Food In The Field category in the UK’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards. (Photo courtesy of Cao Ky Nhan) 

His entry “Sheep Farming Of the Cham People” was taken in Bac Ai district in the northwest of Ninh Thuan province where the Cham and Raglai ethnic people reside. The photo depicts a scene of a Cham woman in traditional costumes taking care of her flock of sheep.

Furthermore, his piece “Hand Of Ripe Rice Season” was given the Highly Commended award in the Food In The Field category. Being photographed in Mu Cang Chai district, northern Vietnam, the photo depicts a scene of a woman carrying her child on her back whilst walking among golden terraced fields.

Nhan was the only Vietnamese photographer winning a prize this year.

Cao Ky Nhan has become a popular name in the Vietnamese photography industry over recent years. He was one of the few Vietnamese photographers who won the international aerial photo contest Skypixel in 2017.

He was also honoured in many photo contests around the world, including the Epson International Pano Awards in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Launched in 2011, the Pink Lady photo contest is open to both professional and non-professional photographers worldwide. Since 2011, over 80,000 images and films have been submitted from 96 countries.

This year's contest attracted more than 10,500 works from 70 countries and territories globally. First prize went to "Red Bean Paste Balls" by Chinese photographer Zhonghua Yang.

Compiled by BTA