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One Stop Portal to Get Food to Your Door!

Are you hungry but feeling too lazy to cook or even to go out, but you do not speak Vietnamese or don’t want to spend hours check which of your favourite restaurants have a “working” web page? Well if this describes you, as it does me, you may be very happy to know that someone has done a lot of the hard work for you, and made the experience of ordering food online in Vietnam a very easy one.

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Gustave Lorentz Wines Make Their Vietnamese Debut

A few weeks ago, the Wine Warehouse invited Mr. Pascale Schiele from Gustave Lorentz - one of the most famous producers of wine in Alsace - to present some of their wonderful wines to the Vietnamese market.

The Lorentz family, which has been producing Alsace wines since 1836, now concentrates on maintaining and accentuating the quality and reputation of its Alsace wines which are known throughout the world (available in about 55 countries with an exciting network in the Asia/Pacific region).

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Feeling Under the Weather? Grab a Bowl of Cháo!

Local blog, Eating Saigon, recently posted a piece about their love for cháo, one of Vietnam’s favorite comfort foods. The rice porridge, which plays the same role as chicken soup in the West, is the dish locals tell you to eat if you’re getting a cold. In reality, it’s delicious whether you’re sick or not.

The guys over at Eating Saigon have a deeper appreciation for the dish than most, frequenting the stall of the affectionately named, CháoLady. Here is their vivid description of the dish:

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Shang Palace: Best of Hong Kong in Saigon

Although I have never had the pleasure of visiting China, I have been eating Chinese food for decades, in several different countries, especially with the help and advice of some of my Chinese friends. The reason I am telling you this is because something I thought impossible happened this week: I was truly impressed with the Hong Kong food offered by Shang Palace in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

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The Magical Story of Cao Lau

Cao lau is one of Vietnam’s most sought after and enchanting dishes. It is unlike any other Vietnamese food, employing steamed noodles and special ingredients that can only be found in the UNESCO world heritage village of Hoi An. With so many conflicting stories of its origin and mystery surrounding it, the dish has reached almost legendary status. Luckily, David Farley did his due diligence and wrote a fantastic piece about cao lau for AFAR.com.

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Wine in Vietnam - Part 1

This is my first article of what I plan to be a series related to wine and wine tasting in Vietnam.

I am mad about wine and I would love to share with you what I like, what I don’t and some information about how to taste wine, for those of you who are starting to appreciate the nectar of the gods.

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For Foreigners, Eating in Vietnam not Always as Easy as it Looks

Vietnam is world renowned for its food, confirmed by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsey who have dedicated entire TV specials to the country’s culinary soul. And for those of us who live here, we can wholeheartedly confirm this. But while street food is all around us, for foreigners, the intricacies of the local fare can sometimes be elusive. Matt Gross, a former English teacher in Saigon, just wrote a fantastic article for the New York Times detailing his obsession with Vietnamese food. In it, he muses about various street food no-nos such as eating pho for lunch and the linguistic and social barriers that sometimes curtailed his gastronomic exploration. Perhaps this sounds familiar?

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Mekong Merchant: A Slice of the Mekong in District 2

I recently visited Mekong Merchant in Thao Dien, District 2. Upon entering, you cannot miss the big open air patio surrounded by thatched buildings and shady trees. The natural setting features ample space and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere where staff provide outstanding service and lots of smiles.

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All For Wine and Wine For All

Offerings from the Wine Embassy.

District 1 has recently welcomed the Wine Embassy, a real paradise for both wine lovers and those who want to learn more about wine.

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Bugs & Flowers

On a typical day in Cai Lay District, about 90 KM outside Ho Chi Minh City, farmers toil in the field tending to their rice paddies. But today is special, and like any special day in Vietnam it will end with rice wine and feasting. It begins, however, with bugs and flowers.

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Nuoc Mam: Ketchup’s Great-grandfather

Ketchup has an interesting lineage.

Nuoc mam, or fish sauce, is a staple condiment in Asia where it has been used for hundreds of years. Its flavor-enhancing characteristics make it akin to ketchup in its ability to instantly elevate a dish. But what if I told you ketchup is the great-grandson of fish sauce? That’s right - America’s favorite condiment came right out of Asia’s cook book. Don’t believe me? Check out this article from Slate.

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