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Vietnam’s pho delights diners in Israel

The Saigon Times

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The Vietnamese Embassy in Israel organized the “Night of Pho” event at the Attilio Culinary School in Or Yehuda City, Israel, on April 4 to introduce the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup to local guests and friends.

The chicken noodle soup (pho ga) prepared by chefs at the Attilio Culinary School, with the recipe and guidance from the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel, blew the minds of all the diners, chefs and restaurant owners at the event.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Israel Ly Duc Trung hoped that traditional Vietnamese dishes would be more popular and win the hearts of more food lovers worldwide through this event, the vietnamplus.vn reported.

The event was part of a series of joint activities of the Food Lovers Club under the Club of Ambassadors in Israel, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Israel’s Independence and 30 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Israel.

Fish trap-shaped theater in Khanh Hoa

Located in Bai Tien, Vinh Hoa Ward, Nha Trang City, the Do Theater’s architecture was inspired by traditional fish trap baskets used by Vietnamese fishermen.

The theater is equipped with modern stage technology, and sound and lighting systems from Europe to ensure they meet the standards of world-class artistic performances.

It will host the daily artistic performance, “Life Puppets – Dream Puppets”, with the 12 zodiac animals of Oriental culture, featuring innovative new techniques such as shadow and string puppetry.

It was inaugurated on April 1 with the participation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during his working trip to Khanh Hoa Province to celebrate the 370th anniversary of its development.

This theater is part of the endeavor to foster unique tourist destinations with distinct cultural values in Nha Trang, Nguyen Tan Tuan, chairman of the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee, told vnexpress.net.

Introducing Vietnam’s coffee to Australia

Vo Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 26, a Vietnamese Australian, has managed to taste various types of specialty coffee around Australia. To her surprise, she has never seen any branded coffee from Vietnam. And the young lady thus started to realize her Viet Coffee Project with a view to promoting Vietnamese coffee abroad.

In April last year, Quynh asked for Vietnamese specialty coffee from some cafeterias in Sydney, but they told her there was no such coffee because of low quality. Such an explanation was unacceptable since Vietnam is the world’s second biggest coffee exporter and a specialty coffee producer.

In late 2022, Quynh and her father visited many coffee farms in Lam Dong Province to cooperate with farms that protect the environment and offer good working and living conditions for workers. Ripe, clean coffee beans from these farms were then processed by roasteries in Australia to avoid the loss of flavors during transportation.

Building brand and inviting Australians to taste Vietnamese specialty coffee via Instagram, and boosting online sale of Vietnamese branded coffee via a website, Quynh told tuoitre.vn that more and more Australian customers like to buy and taste specialty coffee imported from Vietnam. She hopes she could contribute her part to promoting Vietnamese specialty coffee abroad.

Kids cafes mushrooms in town

Kids café is the model that combines a coffee shop and a kids’ playground with babysitters. It is said to originate from South Korea. The main clients of these kids cafes are young parents, and the number of such customers tends to increase day after day.

According to vnexpress.net, there are some 20 kids cafes in HCMC. On average, each receives 50-60 guests a day on weekdays, and 120-200 guests a day on weekends. A kids café is often equipped with cameras for guests to watch their children playing in the playground under the surveillance of some babysitters, who will also play with the kids.

Guests often come to kids cafes at 6-9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. on weekends, said the manager of a kids café in HCMC’s District 7, adding that prices of drinks and service charges depend on opening hours, and are double on weekends.

About 20 similar kids cafes have also been opened in Hanoi. Like those in Korea and in HCMC, kids cafes in the capital city also have children’s playgrounds designed in the models of a supermarket, a restaurant, a hospital or a campsite.

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