Vegetarian restaurant in HCM City named among Tripadvisor list

Wednesday, 11/10/2023 16:28
Hum, a restaurant located in Ho Chi Minh City, has been named among the 25 best ‘vegetarian-friendly’ restaurants in the world, as voted for by Tripadvisor readers, according to VOV News.
Hum restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: VOV) 

According to details given on the website, Hum Vegetarian on Vo Van Tan street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 offers a cozy and calming atmosphere thanks to its elegant design.

With its comprehensive set-up, Hum has become a popular venue for both personal encounters and larger gatherings. The food is prepared on site using various fresh beans, nuts, vegetables, flowers, and fruits, all of which are provided by reputable suppliers and qualified farmers.

“Simple and nutritious, the ingredients don't rely on any artificial flavoring. The rich, delectable flavors and aromas and health benefits are thus true gifts of nature for everyone,” says Tripadvisor.

This comes after Tripadvisor readers also voted the restaurant in the list of the world's 25 best vegetarian joints back in 2021.

Rounding off the list of the world's 25 best ‘vegetarian-friendly’ restaurants are Chia Vegan Restaurant of Cusco in Peru, Blu Bar of Barcelona in Spain, Time Traveller of Bengaluru in India, Antica Casa Rava of Alessandria in Italy, and Veggie Pause of Fes in Morocco.

Seafood exports bustle again in year-end period

Tra fish processing for export (Photo: VNA) 

After a tough period with a continuous decline in orders, from September, seafood producers and exporters have become busier thanks to the recovery of orders for year-end festive season, according to Vietnam News Agency.

Tran Anh Khoa, General Director of Anh Khoa Seafoods in Ca Mau, which specialises in black tiger shrimp production and exporting, said that from the end of September, export markets have bustled again, especially the Chinese market ahead of the year-end season.

Particularly, the number of orders from Chinese customers is higher than the same period last year, he said, adding that Hong Kong and Chinese consumers love black tiger shrimps.

A recovery in orders has also been recorded from other important markets such as Japan, the EU and the US, Khoa said.

Domestic firms said that the market has shown signs of warming up, especially in the fourth quarter. With this upturn trend, the country may earn 9.2-9.3 billion USD from exporting aquatic products this year, they predicted.

Seafood processing for export (Photo: VNA) 

However, some tra fish exporters in An Giang province said that they do not have profits due to decreases in export prices.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), in September, Vietnam’s seafood exports reached 862 million USD, equivalent to that in the same period last year, with recovery seen in the US, China and the EU markets with an increase of 4-17% year on year.

As of the end of September, the country’s seafood export value was over 6.6 billion USD, a drop of 22% year on year.

In the first nine months of this year, the export revenue of shrimp was 2.55 billion USD, 25% lower than that in the same period of 2022. However, recovery signs have been seen in recent months, with increasing demands in the two major markets of the US and China as well as other markets such as Japan, Australia and Canada.

Meanwhile, tuna exports have also increased to a similar level at the same time last year, while tra fish exports have gradually recovered in many markets such as China, Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands, the UK and the US, the VASEP noted.

Nikkei Asia: US President's Vietnam visit generates new investment wave

US President Joe Biden speaks at a banquet hosted by President Vo Van Thuong (Photo: VNA) 

US President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam last month seems to have ushered in a new era of expanded economic links between the two countries, said Japan’s Nikkei Asia, adding that a fourth boom of foreign investment in Vietnam may be in the making, according to Vietnam News Agency.

The journal said the high-profile talks between the two leaders were accompanied by some big business deals. Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier, signed an initial agreement to buy 50 Boeing 737 Max jets in a deal valued at about 10 billion USD.

Vietnam's leading tech firm, FPT Software, has announced a strategic partnership with the American startup Landing AI. Synopsys, a leading semiconductor design company, has signed a memorandum of understanding to help the Vietnamese semiconductor industry cultivate its chip-design workforce.

It recalled that historically, Vietnam has witnessed three significant booms in foreign direct investment. The first occurred when Honda Motor began local two-wheeler production in 1997. The second wave spanned the period from the early 2000s up to 2008. Notably, Samsung Electronics of the Republic of Korea launched a mobile phone production base in the northern Bac Ninh province in 2009.

The third boom is believed to have come into full swing in the mid-2010s. With its purchasing power increasing, Vietnam became a lucrative target for foreign consumer businesses. Japanese shopping behemoth Aeon, for instance, inaugurated its first Vietnamese store, Aeon Mall Tan Phu Celadon, in the country's largest city, Ho Chi Minh, in 2014.

Now Biden's visit may trigger a surge in US investment in Vietnam, the journal said. US investments in Vietnam have been modest compared to those by Asian economic powers like Japan or the RoK. As of the end of 2022, the total US direct investment in Vietnam was 11.4 billion USD, trailing behind the figures for countries like the RoK with 80.9 billion USD, Singapore 70.8 billion USD and Japan 68.8 billion USD.

Vietnam Airlines and Boeing sign a MoU on sale of 50 Boeing 737 Max jets worth 10 billion USD (Photo: VNA) 

During his visit to the headquarters of chip-making giant Nvidia in San Francisco on September 19, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh called on Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang to establish a production base in Vietnam and capitalise on it as its manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia.

PM Chinh also met with other prominent figures in the American tech sector, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and senior executives from Meta, formerly known as Facebook, and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

According to the article, Vietnam is keen to pivot from its traditional labour-intensive industries, such as garment manufacturing and electronics assembly, toward more value-added high-tech sectors. Collaborations with US tech companies, especially those dominant in the areas of semiconductors and AI, will be crucial for the transformation of the country's industrial structure./.