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Diving into the Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Lunar New Year Têt festival hoa mai flower

The Lunar New Year, also called Tết celebration is without any doubt the most important festival of the year in Vietnam. For the Vietnamese, it’s a time of joy and happy moments, a time for gathering together with the family and visiting friends and relatives. The complete name in Vietnamese of this celebration is Tết Nguyên Đán and means «first morning of the first day festival». Thus, the Vietnamese New Year is actually celebrating the arrival of Spring season based on the Vietnamese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year are often celebrated all together, as the Vietnamese are using the same type of calendar as the Chinese.

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Braised caramel pork with pepper thịt kho tiêu

Braised caramel pork with pepper thịt kho tiêu

This month we would like to introduce to you a variation of the Vietnamese classic recipe thịt kho or braised caramel pork, namingly thịt kho tiêu or braised caramel pork with pepper. This recipe has been passed over to us by the lovely Miss Tâm from La Kitchenette de Miss Tâm, a French blogger and cooking teacher known in the French foodista sphere for her Vietnamese recipes full of authentic flavours.

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Vietnamese vegetarian stew đồ ăn chay

Vietnam is a country of Buddhism tradition which one of the basic principles is the consumption of non animal food. During the big celebrations, Vietnamese people usually eat vegetarian meals, composed of tofu, vegetables or fruits pickles. Tourists visiting the numerous temples of the country can also discover Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine (đồ ăn chay) cooked by the monks themselves.

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Vietnamese chocolate mousse recipe

This month, we are proposing you a classic dessert, very appreciated of many: the chocolate mousse. But this time it won’t be the standard one but the Vietnamese chocolate mousse recipe ! The Vietnamese chocolate has a unique bitterness with honey and nutty flavors. Of course, you can find Vietnamese chocolate on our website La Maison du Vietnam.

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The Moon Festival, Têt trung thu

Paper lantern for the Moon Festival

Traditional festival in the rice-growing countries of East and South-East Asia, the Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival , is celebrated the 15th evening of the eigth month of the lunar calendar. In 2016, the Mid-Autumn Festival will officialy be held September 15 but festivities will already start around this date and will last for a week. A lot of Vietnamese families, in Viêt Nam or abroad, will take part in this festival as this is the second most important festival in Viêt Nam after the Têt Festival.

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The best drinks in Vietnam (part 2)

In the same vibe as the first article posted last week and as part of a special fresh summer post series, this second article continues the discovering of the best drinks in Vietnam, in order to make you discover known, less known or totally exotic but always yummy drinks!

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Sinh tố xoài recipe (Vietnamese mango milkshake)

English-speaking people have their milkshake, Indians have their lassi … and Vietnamese have their sinh tố ! You won’t have any problem finding this sweet and creamy beverage around in the streets of Saigon, Hanoi or Hôi An. The tropical climate of Vietnam allows the farmers to cultivate a lot of exotic fruits that can be used to make the delicious various tastes of sinh tố (mango, papaya, pineapple, banana, strawberry …).

While waiting to go experience it for yourself on site, we propose you the recipe of the most beloved sinh tố in Vietnam, the mango one: sinh tố xoài. Are you ready to blend ?

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The best drinks in Vietnam (part 1)

Whether it be in the busy streets or in the hip coffees of Saigon or Hanoï, there are numerous kinds of fresh drinks served in Vietnam. Being a country of warm and humid tropical climate, the heath is omnipresent and thus this explains for most part the diversity of drinks found in this country.

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How to prepare Vietnamese coffee

How to prepare Vietnamese coffee

So you’re all set to prepare your Vietnamese coffee but don’t know where to start? We have thought of it at La Maison du Vietnam and wrote this little guide in order to help you brew your first cup of vietnamese coffee hassle free. Follow our step-by-step explanations , it’s easy! ?

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Caramelized pork with eggs thịt kho trứng

Thịt kho trứng caramelized pork with eggs

You probably know the vietnamese meal thịt kho also called caramelized pork or braised pork with caramel. But have you ever tasted a variation on this recipe called thịt kho trứng or caramelized pork with eggs? This one still very rare in most restaurants, yet it’s a real comfort food. “Thịt kho” means “meat slowly cooked with nước mắm” and “trứng” means “egg”. The thịt kho trứng caramelized pork with eggs recipe is simple and deliciously melting. Continue reading Caramelized pork with eggs thịt kho trứng

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Our adventure

Our adventure

During our multiple trips to Vietnam, we have discovered wonderful things this country could offer. Lots of flavors and colors, delicious smells of tea and coffee, wild adventure, flowers perfume and exotic fruits in abundance, kindness and simplicity of Vietnamese people, dynamism of the old capital Saïgon, cultural and artistic wealth despite years of war, countless street foods serving phở, sunny weather and tropical humidity all time under the coconut trees … here are some expressions and pictures we have in mind to describe Vietnam.
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