• People’s Artist Le Tien Tho Vietnamese theatre lags behind the rest of the world

    People’s Artist Le Tien Tho Vietnamese theatre lags behind the rest of the world

    The third International Experimental Theatre Festival is scheduled for November 12-19 in Hanoi. It has been ten years since the second festival was held in Vietnam. Despite having been established for a long time, Vietnamese theatre has not exactly flourished; meanwhile the world arts have strongly developed compared to the domestic arts.

  • Snails & Shellfish

    Snails & Shellfish

    On the plastic tabletop a dozen sauce-streaked plates sit between three mounds of empty snail shells. Beer cans float on rivulets of melted ice. Crusty breadcrumbs fall like snowflakes as hunks of baguette are torn away to mop up the sauces.

  • Rat Meat

    Rat Meat

    Each morning for the last couple months I’ve opened my front gate in Saigon to greet the new day, only to find a fresh mound of rat droppings on my doorstep. By way of ‘revenge’ I decided to pay a visit to one of Saigon’s rat meat restaurants.

  • Cat Meat

    Cat Meat

    Of all the animals I can think of, cat is the only one I have a problem with eating for sentimental or emotional reasons. I spent the first 20 years of my life living with cats, all of whom lived long lives of up to or over 20 years.

  • Fetal Duck Egg

    Fetal Duck Egg

    If you like eggs, you’ll love fetal duck eggs (hột vịt lộn) because they are, quite simply, ‘eggier’ than regular chicken eggs. Don’t be put off by the name or what they look like: this is a great, tasty, nutritious and cheap road-side snack that can be found anywhere in Vietnam.

  • Sweet Saigon Where to Eat Chè

    Sweet Saigon Where to Eat Chè

    A kaleidoscopic world of luminous colours, shifting shapes, unfamiliar textures, esoteric ingredients, and rich flavours, chè is a fascinating sub-category of Vietnamese cuisine.

  •  7 perfect gifts for Vietnamese Lunar New Year

    7 perfect gifts for Vietnamese Lunar New Year

    Don't know what souvenirs to select from when visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year Tet holiday?

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