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  • Tea reaches a higher plane in Vietnamese teapots

    The first thing any expat tea lover needs to know about Vietnamese tea culture is that to call it culture is to short-sell it to the point of disrespect. Vietnamese people rarely use the term ‘tea culture’, because it is not merely culture for them. In the Vietnamese dictionary, there is a specific word reserved for the cultivation, fermentation techniques, etiquettes, ceremony, lifestyle, philosophy, and enjoyment of tea. Never say ‘tea culture’. Say tra dao . The word tra just means tea, but dao means all forms of knowledge, religion, learning, and philosophy. There is no ‘tea enthusiast’ in Vietnamese. There are tra no , which can be interpreted as ‘disciples’ of tea. With just these words, the significance and cultural importance of tea in Vietnamese culture is readily apparent. Despite being heavily influenced by Chinese tea customs (called cha dao in Mandarin) and overshadowed by Japanese tea ceremony ( chado ), Vietnamese tra dao does have its own distinctive practices. Do Ngoc Quy, regarded by many as the foremost tea master of Vietnam, was once asked if Vietnam has a ‘religion’ of tea similar to the Japanese chado . His answer was yes... and no. Yes, because the practices, etiquette, techniques, and philosophy of tea in Vietnam have been refined for thousands of years into an art form by a particular subset of people. But no, because unlike Japanese chado , which can be viewed as a religion in itself, with its church of tea, its priests and its rigid rules, tra dao in Vietnam is everywhere. It is not only enjoyed by a class of wealthy people but by everyone, and it is in no way restricted to any certain rules. Although there are etiquettes and practices deemed to be the height of the tea arts, these are

  • If the java doesn’t give you a jolt, the bill will.

    Weasel coffee, known as Weasel coffee , known as cà phê chồn in Vietnam, is touted as the most exquisite brew that money can buy. In a nutshell, it’s made by feeding coffee cherries to furry weasel-like creatures and waiting for the beans to come out from the other end. Despite the unsavoury production process, tasting a cup of weasel coffee is the dream of many coffee aficionados all over the world. Given that Vietnam is one of the main suppliers of the stuff, expats are in a unique position to try a cup of this exquisite beverage. However, there are a few things you should know before you rush off to the corner coffee shop. in Vietnam, is touted as the most exquisite brew that money can buy. In a nutshell, it’s made by feeding coffee cherries to furry weasel-like creatures and waiting for the beans to come out from the other end. Despite the unsavoury production process, tasting a cup of weasel coffee is the dream of many coffee aficionados all over the world. Given that Vietnam is one of the main suppliers of the stuff, expats are in a unique position to try a cup of this exquisite beverage. However, there are a few things you should know before you rush off to the corner coffee shop. Strictly speaking, the term “weasel coffee” is a misnomer. In reality, the animal that lends its digestive tract to the caffeine-packed beans is called an Asian palm civet. This nocturnal creature uses its long nose to pick out the ripest coffee cherries before gnawing on their flesh and swallowing the rest. The beans are swallowed intact and undergo a process of fermentation in the civet’s stomach, which is said to be the key to the coffee’s unique taste. After the

  • Faire la meilleure nourriture à Saigon – à la maison.

    With Saigon’s colonial history, it would be a surprise if there weren’t baguettes being sold on every corner – and of course, there are multiple elements of Gallic cuisine that have insinuated their way onto local dinner tables here that have only served to make Vietnamese cooking even more vibrant than it was already. Still, there is a strong penchant amongst Western expats for the real taste of France – and given that it’s one of our most highly-regarded cooking traditions, the urge to learn how to produce this fine cuisine at home is not insignificant. Unfortunately, however, while there have been professionals of the French culinary arts resident in Ho Chi Minh City ready to divulge their secrets in the past (teaching primarily at the Sofitel and Vatel) the majority of opportunities to study the cuisine style have now closed. délicieux If you’re serious about the notion of becoming a genuinely-qualified cuisinièr , your only option currently is to try Mint Culinary School (778/45-47, Nguyen Kiem, Ward 4, Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38445500) , which offers cooking courses in European cuisine coordinated by academically highly-qualified chefs. English-language courses are advertised as being available. Contact them directly to clarify.

  • The world’s most notorious risqué dance is apparently all about empowerment.

    At some point in the last decade or so, a highly suggestive form of dance escaped the domain of the strip clubs and entered popular culture. Incredibly, grinding one’s hips against an enormous rod is no longer considered an unsubtle display of eroticism, and indeed has become quite the trend – a fun, modern, and apparently wholesome form of rhythmic exercise. Who would have thought? Nowadays, pole dancing is commonly seen as the next step on from belly dancing, which became popular in Vietnam once it was recognised here that the frequent gyration of the hips can lead to a beautiful, toned, and flexible feminine form. Many women started to turn their attention to pole dancing as another stage in the quest for a perfect figure after its first appearance in Ho Chi Minh City in around 2010 or 2011. A means to an end Pole dancing is actually very highly regarded in HCMC, and beyond the basic “exotic” form, there are two other distinct styles taught here known as “empowerment” and “pole fitness”, which are both regarded as an aerobic workout for strength and muscle toning. Some students report that pole dancing provides many emotional benefits such as an increased feeling of self-confidence and wellbeing, increased energy, a higher level of bodily awareness, and a higher self-esteem. Proponents of the dance believe that it can make you feel stronger, taller, and more confident. Moreover, the dance is said to help increase flexibility, improve posture, and benefit one’s overall fitness. With such glowing recommendations, pole dancing has become a true phenomenon in Saigon. The number of women (and even men) enrolling in classes has been surprising. It’s still early days, however, and despite the best efforts of proponents, there still are strong associations between pole dancing and sordid night clubs

  • Taking advice from other parents can be essential in making choices about baby formula.

    Possibly the most frustrating thing about being an expat parent in Ho Chi Minh City is the lack of access to local savvy. It’s difficult to gain any real insight into how local conditions affect the process of raising a child when you’re culturally excluded, and when you can’t read or understand the labels of locally-available products. The sheer number of brands may have you scratching your head This problem extends to choosing infant formula from the countless varieties available on the Vietnamese market. Local parents share their experiences frequently on this subject, helping each other to make choices based on the local physical, cultural, and nutritional environment that will be most appropriate for their individual children in each case. Foreigners, however, can only rarely benefit from this dialogue. Fortunately, online forums exist that record the experiences of Vietnamese parents in written form. While these recommendations constitute the opinions of local parents only, the following passages do collect various conclusions derived from parental discussions archived on the Vietnamese webtretho forum: If your baby’s weight is under 2.5 kg, select from these brands of formula: Frisolac Premature, Enfalac Premature , and Dumex Premature . These brands are rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals, and have a higher energy content than other brands (0.7 to 0.75 kcal/ml while the normal rate is 0.67 kcal/ml.) Besides this, there are brands of milk that are similar to breast milk combined with additional micronutrients such as Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier, Similac Natural Care Human Milk Fortifier , and Similac Human Milk Fortifier . There are a number of brands suitable for infants with a birth weight of over 2.5 Kg because of their ease of digestion – Similac, Enfalac, SMA, Dielac1, Co Gai Ha Lan Step 1, Lactogen 1, Dumex 1, Guigoz 1 , and

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