Month: February 2021

February 26, 2021 0

Six Easy Steps to Step Up Your Coffee Game

By Đặng Trường Diêm

Nothing like a good cup of coffee can’t fix a bad day. What once was a luxury for Vietnamese people has now been made affordable. Imagine being away from the city with your friends and family with a Vietnamese brewed coffee. 
The difference between Vietnamese coffee from other coffee is the presence of Robusta bean. As most coffees have a strong and bitter taste, this has a mixture of strong and nuttier savor than Arabica beans. On the contrary, it has twice the amount of caffeine but lesser sugar and fat. 

February 25, 2021 0

Top Dishes to Prepare for Tết Đoan Ngọ

By Đặng Trường Diêm

It’s a common culture for Vietnam to celebrate Tết Đoan Ngọ or Vietnamese Mid-year Festival. At the dawn of May 5th, people eat fermented sticky and fruits and conduct a worship ceremony at noon – as ancestors pray for safety, peace, and a good harvest.
The festival happens on the 11th hour of the day. Aper the Vietnamese language, Đoan means beginning while Ngọ is known for the seventh animal in the zodiac sign – the horse. It extends its belief in eating dumplings to cleanse the body from an unwanted parasite. 

February 21, 2021 0

Di Mai Restaurant Serves the Best Rustic Vietnamese Cuisine

By Đặng Trường Diêm

In a modern world filled with busy streets and high skyscrapers, people sometimes yearn to live where old memories lie. Di Mai restaurant has a sweet spot for nostalgia through its ambient decor and rustic dishes.
Every floor space fills a state-of-the-art harmonious blend of Vietnamese orthodox as its focal point. Its colorful, patterned tiles reminisce every 80’s and 90’s kids of their home. It reminds diners of their childhood, but also the old streets of Saigon: rustic and modern. 
The place captures …

February 20, 2021 0

Reconnection of the Vietnamese Roots Through Tet

By Đặng Trường Diêm

Tết is a Lunar New Year celebration for the Vietnamese. Most people prepare in advance for two months while the festive mood lasts for fifteen days or more. The holiday diaspora for the Vietnamese residing in Canada works as a link to their roots.
The occasion could go on for the first three days of the new year. Most food prepared during the feast are  Tết preferences which include thịt kho, and canh khổ qua hầm. In tradition, the altar must display its food for three days to show gratitude to the ancestors.

February 18, 2021 0

Everything to Know About Vietnam’s Tradition and Customs

By Đặng Trường Diêm

Below is a list of traditions and customs in Vietnam:
Ancestral Worship
Every Vietnamese home has a small space for its altar to help the departed commune with the living. The food offering, candle lighting, and incense burning are rituals made before praying. 
Burning of Votive Paper
A votive paper can be any form like a house, clothes, fake money, cars, or motorbikes made entirely of paper. The burning of …

February 17, 2021 0

Experience the Festivities in Vietnam

By Đặng Trường Diêm

Vietnam is the home of thousands of pagodas and shrines. It also has plenty of cultural events celebrated at a specific time of the year. Each celebration is rich with ancient history. Some of the festivals include Tet Han Thuc, Reunification day, Hung King Temple festival, and many others.
Below are the two most celebrated and grandest festival happening in Vietnam:
Tet Nguyen Dan/Lunar New Year
The country celebrates its anticipated festival in early January or …