U, V, X, and Y

25. U: Hue

Hue is the capital of Thua Thien Hue, the province in Central Vietnam. In the past, hue was the Royal Capital of the country and the relics which are under reservation are the most-visit attractions; for example, Hue Citadel, tombs of former emperors along the Huong River, and pagodas. As I said, Hoi An, Hue, and Ha Noi, portraying the ancient Vietnam, attract the most visitors in Vietnam.

I visited Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu pagoda in Hue 2 years ago

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26. Ư: Banh chung – traditional rice cake

Banh chung was created 3 centuries ago and it has become the traditional rice cake  always available in the meals during Tet (“Banh chung” – the soul of Vietnamese New Year,” 2008). The process of making banh chung takes a lot of time from the steps of preparing the ingredients, wrapping the cakes to cook them. Glutinous rice, pork, green beans are wrapped in leaves of banana tress or phrynium. Then, they are boiled in 12 hours. Banh chung accompanied with pickles is a good combination. Fried banh chung is also very delicious but a little bit oily.

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27. V: Vinh Ha Long – Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, Quang Ninh, the northeast Vietnam (Ha Long Bay, n.d.). Natural islands, islets, and limestone pillars, rising from water creates the majestic scenery in people’s eyes.

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Ha Long Bay is another most-visit destination when tourist come to the north.

28. X: Xich lo – Cyclo

Previosly, xich lo used to be the most common means of transport in Vietnam (Cyclo, n.d.). However, these days, the images of foreign tourists on cyclos are more popular. Generally speaking, they like to experience the new thing that they cannot in their country, sitting on a strange vehicle, moving slowly in traffic and doing sightseeing.

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Cyclo is not run by human’s strength, not engines. A rider sitting behind passengers uses heir strength and skills to ride cyclos.

 29. Y: Chao quay

Chinese doughnut or fried breadstick is the origin of dau chao quay in Vietnam. It is made from all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. We usually eat it with pig’s organ congee.

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Image taken from http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/03/awfully-good-offal-chao-long.html

Reference list:

“Banh chung” – the soul of Vietnamese New Year. (2008, December 8). Retrieved from http://www.vietnam-beauty.com/food-a-drink/vietnamese-food/79-green-chung-cake-the-soul-of-vietnamese-lunar-new-year.html

Cyclo. (n.d.). Vietvalue Travel. Retrieved from http://www.vietvaluetravel.com/guide/vietnam/xich-lo/153

Hue travel guide. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.vietnamonline.com/destination/hue.html

Ha Long Bay. (n.d.). UNESCO. Retrieved from http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/672

Introducing Hue. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lonelyplanet.com/vietnam/central-vietnam/hue/introduction

Le, H. (2013, November 19). Da Nang cuisine. Retrieved from http://danangcuisine.com/banh/recipe-fried-breadsticks-banh-quay-youtiao-patongko/

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