In Ba Vi, Hanoi, famous Wagyu cows drink beer and wine, and get a massage every day so that premium meat can be produced.
A fisherman in Binh Dinh catches big tuna, while 3B cows imported from Belgium provide high meat yield in Quang Nam. More unusual stories:
A spice made of aromatic grass and ant eggs can only be found in GiaLai and five-color vermicelli in CaoBang are among the unusual products that can be found in Vietnam.
There is a certain selection of dishes that almost every family will have on Tet or Lunar New Year.
Soil and climate in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre are behind the steady and strong growth of local coconut trees.
Longan cakes is traditional local food in Hai Hau District, Nam Dinh Province. Although it is rustic fromits look to the flavor, the dish is well-known.
For many international and local tourists, their visit is seen incomplete without trying Banh Tom Ho Tay.
Unusual items made by craftspeople and cooks in Vietnam:
Lai Vung District in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap is well-known by nem, (fermented pork roll), its unique specialty.
All old things, from clothes and guitars to motorbikes, can be recycled into useful and highly aesthetic items thanks to talented artisans.
Nem Ninh Hoa—which includes Ninh Hoa-style fermented pork rolls and grilled meatballs—provides two specialties tourists should try in the coastal district of Ninh Hoa in Khanh Hoa Province.
Ca cuong, or giant waterbug, looks like a cockroach. However, unlike cockroaches, ca cuong, with a rare and precious essence, is very expensive and sells for VND3.5 million per kilogram.
Overlooking Ngoc Khanh Lake in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District, Oc Thi No restaurant has a pleasant view that helps diners feel relaxed as they enjoy a variety of dishes of freshwater snails.
Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup, is a favorite dish of locals. In the country, this popular dish has adopted numerous versions.
Like many Vietnamese living and working abroad, Nguyen Ngoc Lam, who lives in Denmark, dearly miss traditional dishes like bún chả, phở and bún vịt măng.