Vietnamese cuisine is famously light, healthy and fresh. Its characteristic play of sweet, savoury, sour and spicy; its contrast of bright colours, and its large selection of dishes that vary from city to city all help secure its place among the great cuisines of the world.
In this book you’ll be pleased to find a diverse selection of mains, side dishes and desserts suitable throughout the day. There are delicious options for quick snacks and individual courses you can use to construct large, formal meals.
Some dishes recall familiar flavours, like fried sweet potato chips. Others, like steamed pork intestine with ginger are more exotic.
Vietnamese cuisine has a wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Stretched along the East Sea, seafood is also a prominent ingredient, including clams, shrimp mackerel and the ubiquitous fish sauce, in addition to beef, chicken and pork.
Soups like sour crab or spinach and tofu are popular, as are stir fries such as beef and bitter melon or pineapple rice. Vietnam also has many healthy desserts and sweet soups like lima bean, mung bean and pumpkin, or pandan sticky rice. All are easily prepared and deliciously memorable.
As a developing country with Buddhist influences, vegetarian dishes are both common and refined in Vietnamese cuisine. Tomato and mushroom soup, fried green rice cakes, stir-fried okras, and braised vegetables and cashew nuts are just a few of the delicious and easily prepared vegetarian options in this book.
Vietnamese enjoy meat dishes as well. In these pages you’ll find many great recipes for chicken, beef, pork, seafood, frog and even silk worm pupae! Vietnam has no shortage of desserts however, and if you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy one of my favourites: black glutinous rice and yogurt sweet soup.
In this book you’ll find delightful options to begin your Vietnamese dining adventure right in your own home. At the heart of Vietnamese cuisine are a large selection of easily and quickly-prepared dishes for eating on the go. Traditionally, Vietnamese homes have not had fancy kitchens full of modern appliances or even refrigeration. Delicious meals were prepared without lots of time-consuming fuss and meant to be consumed on the spot. This helps make Vietnamese food an ideal choice for both the kitchen novice and people with busy schedules who don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing elaborate meals.
In Vietnam, motorbikes are an essential means to make a living for poor labourers. Just like humans, every bike has its own soul and fate.
The motorbike is one of the most common symbols in modern Vietnamese life. The country has over 20 million bikes, which are put to use from the most rural corners of the country to the largest cities; from the coastal dunes to remote mountain roads. No other means of transportation has proven more flexible and suitable for the livelihoods of Vietnamese people than the motorbike.
Not only a means of travel, the motorbike cradles a heavy responsibility: “making a living” for so many people. As wheels turn through sun and the rain, dust and the hustle of outdoor markets and city streets, dodging every treacherous corner of hardship, they carry with them the tears of their owner’s determination in the everlasting search for hope and happiness. On and on, the poor motorbikes are squeezed to their last drops.
The bike carries on its back a small world. People burden it with everything and anything they can, including mountains of fresh fruit and vegetables, potted trees and flowers, construction equipment, livestock or the entire extended family—all the while riding it as fast as they can. The bike’s technical limitations don’t matter. Neither do traffic laws. Driven by a natural and irrevocable mission we all share in bettering our own lives, people “bike” their living, knowing that their loved ones are depending upon the wages of their daily journeys.
Using a motorbike in Vietnam has become an art form combining the art of loading, driving, and mapping the safest and quickest way to reach the destination without losing their way.
The bike’s fate is linked to its owner. Many in Vietnam draw their last breaths on their bikes. No longer a senseless object, the bike becomes a shoulder to cry on, a soul to share.
The bike-load has become the bikelihood…
Lê Ngọc Huy
Vũ Việt Dũng
Nguyễn Việt Hùng
Trần Hà Nguyên
Format: 26mm by 18 mm, landscape
Pages: 96 pages with 84 full color photographs of bikes
Paper: 150gsm couche
Ethnic and Cultural Publishing House (2011)
Once upon a time, there was a kind of bird, so ruthless that they eat their mothers when they grow up in order to be able to fly. Deep down, the mother bird always wishes that her baby can spread its wings and fly high. She never hesitates to let herself be eaten by her baby.
How sacred the mother’s love is!
Mother! In everybody’s mind, that is the most sacred word – one that brings in itself eternal peace, one that nurtures you from exhausts and failures.
Breast milk is the emblem of that sacredness. The sight of a mother breast-feeding her child is the utmost illustration of the mother’s love. That divine sight warms and comforts you. The mother’s posture, her facial expressions, imbues gentleness and an endless love for her child, who swallows together with the breast milk the mother’s love.
The warmth of her breasts and the breast milk are the first gifts of life the mother brings to her child. The milk drops do not only nourish the child, but also weave a mattress of sacred mother’s love, engraving everlasting memories in everybody’s mind.
Breast feeding is an instinct, a God-given duty and a national tradition of utmost humanity among Vietnamese women. All mothers crave for an embrace of her child, feeding it with her precious and pure milk in the midst of a love-filled lullaby.
No matter how hard her life is, the mother always stands ready for her babies to just lie in her lap and drown themselves in the drops of her breast milk – the drops of life that come from the best in her body. As Buddha once put it, “in the worlds and through reincarnations, the milk we receive from our mothers is larger than water in the seas.” The mother’s love is an everlasting stream of love for a human from cradle to the grave.
Man differs from trees by his “Love”, from wild beasts by his “Filial Piety”. Of all the loves in this world, the mother’s love comes first. Of all the virtues, filial piety comes first. The mother’s love and filial piety intertwine to clear life path with shining divinity. It is thanks to this love that mankind is able to cruise through the darkest days and upholds its being today.
Lê Ngọc Huy Lonely Planet Images.
Nguyễn Việt Hùng
Trần Hà Nguyên
Format: 26mm by 18 mm, landscape
Pages: 144 pages with 136 full color photographs of mom and baby.
Paper: 200gsm couche matte
Binding: hardcover, casebound using 3mm board with separate jacket.
SahaBook Corporation in partnership with Ethnical and Cultural Publishing House.
8th Edition, Mar 2011
396 pp, 12 pp colour, 54 maps
Next edition due: Feb 2014
“Go to Tibet and see many places, as much as you can; then tell the world.” HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
Tibet is simply one of the most remarkable places in Asia. It offers fabulous monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most likeable peoples you will ever meet.
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• Preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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30th Anniversary edition of the market-leading guide on Thailand! For this edition our authors have hunted down the fresh, the transformed, the hot and the happening, from new transport routes to get you to the beach faster, flights through the canopy in Ko Tao and stylish sleeps for all the hip new hotels in Bangkok.
3219 km of coastline, over 150 temples, 37 weeks of in-depth research and 245 bowls of noodles consumed
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Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile.
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The Without Borders boys go to Thailand! This is a short trailer of their food, travel and adventure across Asia. They are learning to cook asian food from restaurants, hawker stalls and private homes as they travel.