Vietnam named among top 10 countries with best food

Saturday, 22/10/2022 21:45
According to readers of Canadian magazine The Travel, Vietnam has been named among the top 10 countries in the world with the best food.
Pho is a must-try dish for visitors to Vietnam. (Photo: 

VNA reported that it ranked fifth in the list for its distinctive cuisine with incredible favours that are particularly popular with international friends.

"Seafood is a popular food in Vietnam as the country contains so many fishing villages, but Vietnam is not all about seafood," the magazine wrote. “In fact, the wide variety of food in the country will leave visitors perplexed."

It recommends tourists to try pho, the country’s iconic noodle soup and national dish, with either beef or chicken.

Vietnam has been named among the top 10 countries in the world with the best food. (Photo:  Vietnam Guide) 

Pho is made and served across the country though it originated in Hanoi and was taken to the south, where other distinct touches were added.

The magazine also suggests visitors sample snacks such as spring rolls and banh my, a type of Vietnamese baguette.

“There are different types of rice dishes to also try out and while some consist of chicken, others consist of beef or pork,” it added.

Thailand and the Philippines are the other two Southeast Asian nations in the list of the best food as chosen by The Travel readers.

The US cuisine tops the list, which also mentions Germany, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Spain and India.

Vietnamese cuisine has been praised by many international chefs and prestigious food magazines in recent years.

Vietnamese cuisine has been praised by many international chefs and prestigious food magazines in recent years. (Photo: Vietnam Guide) 

The oldest and largest French TV channel - TF1 – broadcast a report on the success of world cuisine in France over the past ten years, in which Vietnamese cuisine was honoured as one of the three most loved by the French. The report was screened during the channel’s prime time on February 7.

According to TF1, there are about 3,000 products from 24 different countries being sold in retail distribution systems throughout France. Among them, Vietnamese traditional fried spring rolls ranked third in the list of foreign cuisines most loved by French consumers. The US peanut butter, popcorn and Macaroni dish came in second while the Japanese sushi was the most popular.

Vietnam also honoured as Asia's Leading Culinary Destination at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020. That was the second year in a row that Vietnam ranks first in Asia in the category.

Vietnam likely to yield US$10 trade surplus this year

Vietnam is likely to produce a trade surplus of US$10 billion this year despite enduring global market uncertainties and fluctuations, VOV cited the saying of Minister of Trade and Industry Nguyen Hong Dien at the ongoing year-end session of the National Assembly.

The government's prompt decisions have helped businesses resume post-pandemic production and increase exports. (Illustrative image). 

As of October 21, the country’s trade surplus hit a record high of roughly US$8 billion, and the figure is likely to rise to US$10 billion by the end of the year, Minister Dien said on October 22.

He attributed these positive signs to solutions the Government, ministries, and especially the business community have implemented to stimulate consumption demand and connect product consumption outlets in order to promote trade exchanges.

He recalled that despite facing the negative impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Vietnam’s total foreign trade turnover last year hit US$668 billion, making the country one of the 20 largest economies in the world in terms of international trade.

Moving into this year, the vaccine diplomacy strategy proved to be successful as Vietnam garnered large amounts of vaccines from partners, helping it to raise the vaccination coverage nationwide and bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The Government gradually eased all travel restrictions and introduced bailout packages in a bid to support business and production.

As of October 20 this year the country’s total foreign trade turnover stood at an estimated US$620 billion, and the figure is likely to climb to US$800 billion by the end of the year, with the trade surplus set to rise to US$10 billion. 

This is certainly a huge, outstanding, and spectacular achievement, stressed the Minister.

He went on to say that export businesses no longer rely on key markets but have branched out to new ones. Decreasing demand coupled with high inflation in major markets such as China, Europe, Japan, and the United States have forced local businesses to return to the Eastern European market.

Furthermore, the effective application of e-commerce services has enabled Vietnamese commodities to reach more overseas markets. Currently, the country’s e-commerce sales have fetched approximately US$14 billion, with the figure anticipated to rise to up to US$18 billion for the whole of the year.

However, the Minister admitted that export growth, despite its high rate, is not sustainable due to a lack of balance in the structure of export markets, the structure of exported goods, and the structure of export businesses. He cited statistics indicating that foreign direct investment (FDI) businesses make up 74% of the country’s total export turnover, while the export capacity of State-owned businesses remains weak.

To meet this year’s target, Minister Dien said it is necessary to continue to boost exports, strengthen import management, and promote official export in association with restructuring commodities and building brands.

According to the Minister, other solutions include bringing into full play free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed, effectively promoting the role of the system of trade bureau overseas, and releasing early warning about risks and trade lawsuits.

Vietnamese national university earns QS Recognition of Improvement

According to VNA, the Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) has won the QS Recognition of Improvement, making it the first in the country to secure the

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The award will be presented to university at the 20th QS Higher Ed Summit: Asia Pacific to be held in Indonesia on November 8-10.

The “Recognition of Quality Improvement” certification is awarded to organisations that demonstrate a significant improvement in rating results based on an improvement in average rank.

In order to improve its results in the QS world university rankings, an institution needs to not only improve against itself, but also demonstrate improvement compared to other ranked institutions, with regards to the criteria of reputation, research prestige and ability to attract and retain international students and staff, among others.

In recent years, the VNU has maintained its position in the top 801-1000 in the rankings. Its position has steady rose from the top 78.5% of the world's best universities in 2019 to the top 65.3% in 2023.

Currently, the establishment is also present in Group 101-150 in the QS global young universities rankings./.