The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Like the Stars and Stripes, the Vietnamese flags is laden with symbolism and historical meaning, which makes Vietnamese American feel a great emotional bond with its “colors”. Visit any Little Saigon around the world, and one is likely to see a flag displaying “three horizontal red stripes on a golden yellow background” fluttering proudly against … Read more The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Banh Cam & Banh Ran – deep-fried Glutinous Rice Balls

Banh Cam

Banh cam and banh ran are nearly identical to one another, albeit with subtle regional differences. Crisp on the outside and chewy inside, these golden-fried glutinous balls are coated with sesame seeds and filled with sweetened mung bean paste. They are one of the most popular desserts across Vietnam. Bánh rán is a deep-fried glutinous rice ball … Read more Banh Cam & Banh Ran – deep-fried Glutinous Rice Balls

Vietnam Vegetarian Dishes

Hot and Sour Tofu Soup Broccoli And Tofu In Spicy Almond Sauce Sweet & Sour Tofu Crisp-Fried Tofu And Greens Vegetarian Pho Bo (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) Vegetarian Vietnamese Broth Vegetable Platter Scallion Cakes Congee with Vegetables Vegetable Fried Rice Fresh Spring Rolls Piquant Cauliflower Noodles With Mixed Vegetable Tofu with Eggplant and Peppers Hot and … Read more Vietnam Vegetarian Dishes

Canh – Vietnamese Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Canh - Vietnamese chicken & vegetable soup

  The Ingredients 200 g chicken (7 oz) thinly sliced against the grain 1/2 tsp each pepper, chicken stock 1/2 tsp garlic minced 1 inch ginger 2 tsp fish sauce 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 bunch leafy vegetables choy sum, bok choy, mustard greens etc. Vietnamese “Canh” Soups Vietnam’s soups are many and varied. The southern regions sour soups or “canh chua” are … Read more Canh – Vietnamese Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Vietnamese Culture

Four great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity. Over the centuries, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have melded with popular Chinese beliefs and ancient Vietnamese animism to form what is known as Tam Giao(or `Triple Religion’). The Vietnamese language (kinh) is a hybrid of Mon-Khmer, … Read more Vietnamese Culture

Vietnamese traditional medicine

Although the government in Vietnam intends to develop an identifiable Vietnamese Medical Science, traditional medicine has existed for generations. There are three medical traditions which have coexisted in Vietnam prior to the impact of Western Medicine: these are Thuoc Bac (Northern Medicine), Thuoc Nam (Southern Medicine), and Thuoc Tay (Western Medicine). With Thuoc Bac or … Read more Vietnamese traditional medicine