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Vietnamese beef pho among the world’s best soups

The Saigon Times

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Pho bo, also known as Vietnamese beef noodle soup, has earned its place on the list of the world’s best soups, as released by the U.S. news network CNN.

The list serves as a recommendation for culinary enthusiasts to explore during their upcoming journeys. The criteria for selection go beyond the dish’s popularity, emphasizing its delightful and distinctive flavors and health benefits.

CNN’s top-20 list article, published on January 8, describes pho bo as a dish where the broth is simmered for hours with cinnamon, star anise, and other warm spices, creating a wonderfully aromatic base for this rice noodle soup.

The list also includes other delectable dishes such as Banga soup from Nigeria, Lanzhou beef noodle soup from China, Mohinga from Myanmar, Tom Yum Goong from Thailand, Tonkotsu ramen from Japan, and many more, as reported by the VnExpress news site.

Vietnam performs first fetal cardiac surgery

Tu Du Hospital and Children’s Hospital 1 in HCMC have jointly conducted a cardiac surgery for a 32-week-old fetus, marking the first time such a procedure has been successfully done in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

A pregnant woman was transferred from Danang Hospital to Tu Du Hospital in early November 2023 with a diagnosis of a severe cardiac anomaly in the fetus. On January 3, the anomaly was found posing a life-threatening risk to the fetus.

Without immediate intervention, there would be a high likelihood of pregnancy loss. Doctors from Tu Du Hospital and Children’s Hospital 1 concurred that urgent surgery was necessary to save the unborn child’s life. This procedure involved more than 20 doctors. The fetus’s heart was as small as a lime, with each heart chamber measuring only 2-3 square centimeters, adding complexity to the surgery. Nevertheless, due to the proficiency of the medical team and the use of top-notch surgical equipment, the 40-minute surgery was a success.

“It was also the mother’s courage and trust that supported us a lot,” Trinh Nhut Thu Huong, head of the prenatal care department at Tu Du Hospital, told the Vietnam News Agency.

Nha Trang to host international drone light show

Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa will host an international drone light show competition in the middle of this year with four teams from South Korea, China, India, and Vietnam.

The drone light show, titled “Ever Glamour Nha Trang 2024,” is scheduled to take place every Saturday evening for four weeks from June 29 to July 20, according to the Tuoi Tre news site.

On each competition night, these teams will take turns presenting drone art light shows lasting around 15-20 minutes in accordance with the designated theme for that specific evening.

The event is expected to draw over 50,000 spectators each night, including 2,000 guests and sponsoring entities.

Face mask wearing encouraged in public places in Hanoi

According to the Sai Gon Tiep Thi news site, the People’s Committee of Hanoi City has requested relevant agencies and localities to encourage city residents to wear face masks whenever going out, especially in public places and on public transport means, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other epidemics.

Leaders of localities and agencies should proactively implement scheme No. 4 pertaining to pandemic prevention and fighting for 2024. They should be responsible for these tasks, and continue to promote face mask wearing and disinfection campaign.

Localities and agencies should supervise diseases on livestock and poultry so as to prevent the spread of such diseases or epidemics from livestock and poultry to humans. They should apply information technology in supervising and managing statistical data on epidemics, vaccination, and epidemic prevention and fighting activities.

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