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Wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake on a sunny Sunday afternoon, you will catch sight of many young men with their professional cameras stick to their eyes and beautiful young girls in their fancy clothes attractively posing. As a matter of fact, photography is now becoming more and more popular in Viet ... read more
Curated by BuffaloTrip April 16, 2015 Viewed: 597
Steamed glutinous rice with seven colors of Nung Din people

Steamed glutinous rice with seven colors of Nung Din people

Kinh people are always proud of steamed momordica glutinous rice which attached with the color of Vietnamese nation and especially with Nung people, steamed glutinous rice with seven colors is special food here. This dish is splendid with seven colors without using any artificial coloring. Steame ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 28, 2015 Viewed: 734
Lon muong cap nach in Sapa

Lon muong cap nach in Sapa

Not only famous for its natural beauty and landscapes, cool and fresh air, Sapa is best known for specialities that have attracted more and more tourists. “Pork cắp nách” or the pig carried under armpit is good. It’s called “cắp nách” because it might j ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 28, 2015 Viewed: 582
Things to do in Cat Ba island

Things to do in Cat Ba island

Most travellers spend a couple of nights on Cat Ba Island. It's not really worth the effort to get here if you stay for a shorter time. It's easy to fill half a day or more just exploring the island on a motorbike (or bicycle if you're fit enough). If you're planning on doing any ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 22, 2015 Viewed: 1725
Pho (Noodle Soup)

Pho (Noodle Soup)

Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees during the Vietnam War. The Hanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. A related noodle soup, bún bò Huế, ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 2913
Banh Cuon (Bánh Cuốn)

Banh Cuon (Bánh Cuốn)

Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce calle ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 1190
Top 5 foods you should not miss while visiting Hanoi

Top 5 foods you should not miss while visiting Hanoi

A list of most popular local foods that should not be missed in Hanoi, take a look and find out what are they.. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. 1. Xôi xéo Chances are you will encounter this dish in almost every outdoors market. There are even two restaurants dedicate ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 705
3 most popular tea varieties in Vietnam

3 most popular tea varieties in Vietnam

With the history of planting tea for over 2000 years, Vietnam is one of the largest and oldest tea-producing countries in the world. Although the history of Vietnamese tea has not been well recorded as that of the Chinese or Japanese, tea drinking occupies an essential role in Vietnamese culture, bo ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 753
Red sticky rice - Xôi Gấc - An essence of Vietnamese Tet

Red sticky rice - Xôi Gấc - An essence of Vietnamese Tet

Foreign travellers first coming to Vietnam during Tet - The Vietnamese New Year, often feel curious about the special food that people living here use in their welcoming-new-year ceremony. It seems to look like sticky rice, but its bloody red color makes it so bizarre. That is “xoi gac”- ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 698
Tea and Vietnamese

Tea and Vietnamese

Tea is essential to Vietnamese culture. In Vietnam, tea is said to appear in almost every social activities: from wedding, birthday to anniversary and ritual ceremonies. A cup of hot tea in the early morning after breakfast, some iced tea at “quán cóc” - the roadside-mak ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 866
New year wishes in Vietnamese

New year wishes in Vietnamese

What people often wish each other during Tet. Tet holidays are the moments of happiness and family enjoy, therefore Vietnamese often dedicate the most beautiful words to their family and friends on this occasion. Here is the list of the most common ones: 1 - Năm mới dồi dào sức khỏe ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 2, 2015 Viewed: 784
Xôi vò (mung bean coated sticky rice)

Xôi vò (mung bean coated sticky rice)

About "Xôi Vò" Although it is one of the most popular ways of preparing sticky rice, “Xoi Vo” does not actually possess the very characteristic stickiness that usually seen in other types of Xoi. In contrast, the kernels are rathery crumbly, fully coated with we ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 949
Xoi Xeo

Xoi Xeo

There is nowhere in Vietnam that so many types of sticky rice - or “xoi” present like they do in Hanoi. But standing out among the various kinds, “xoi xeo” is not only creative art with a sophisticated combination of ingredients and color but the sophistication even leaks out ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 545
Banh Chung (Chung cake or square rice cake)

Banh Chung (Chung cake or square rice cake)

History and Legend The origin of Banh Chung can be traced to Hong Bang Dynasty – when the 6th Hung Emperor ruled the land. Sadly thinking he was too old to lead the country, Hung Emperor wanted to find the one to inherit his position and sit on the throne. Therefore, he held a cooking conte ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 768
Boiled chicken - A simple yet unique taste of Vietnamese food

Boiled chicken - A simple yet unique taste of Vietnamese food

Living in a culture of wet rice civilization, Vietnamese has a deep connection with nature and to them, besides the buffalo, chicken is one of the six most familiar animals (including: chicken, pig, goat, buffalo, and horse). Chicken in Vietnamese’s life. Chicken was domesticated a l ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 902
Xoi - Vietnam sticky rice

Xoi - Vietnam sticky rice

It will be a big miss if you come to Vietnam without trying “xoi”. Made from sticky rice, xoi has as many variants as you can imagine. “Xoi” is a very common food in Vietnam, and one can find it anywhere from the roadside vendors to luxuriously traditional restaurants. Howeve ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 796
Essential foods for Tet holidays of Vietnam

Essential foods for Tet holidays of Vietnam

Vietnamese people have a very good habit of saving, which are reflected by the regular meals – rice with a main dishes (meat or fish/shrimp), a vegetable food and a bowl of soup. Vietnam food is thus often jokingly labelled "food for peasants". However, this statement no longer holds ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 1086
New year's flowers

New year's flowers

Traditional flowers for Tet holiday. Tet holidays are the days of relaxation, happiness and joy. And similar to pine tree for Christmas holiday in the West, Vietnamese also use many kinds of flowers and plants to decorate their house in this special period. Some names can be listed out: Chrysanth ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip March 1, 2015 Viewed: 1117
“Chợ Tây” - Western market in Hanoi

“Chợ Tây” - Western market in Hanoi

Like its name, “Chợ Tây” or Western Market, located along the West Lake is a weekend market which mostly serves foreign expats (often mentioned as tây) in Hanoi. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. The market was founded in 2009 by a French business man working in ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip January 28, 2015 Viewed: 631
Hanoi what to buy

Hanoi what to buy

You are in Hanoi for the first time and being allured by its diverse range of goods that you don’t know which ones are the essential you should buy? This article is going to make the complicated question become piece a cake! See more Hanoi travel guide at here. If you think that Ho ...
Curated by BuffaloTrip January 28, 2015 Viewed: 531