by Bo Xuan Hiep
Reasonably priced street fruit buffets in vogue in HCM City
Street food in HCM City has always been famous, and vendors are now offering something new: fruit buffets.
Open only a month, the Mix Max stall set up near the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in District 3 already has a regular clientele. The large wooden cart displays trays of 12 different kinds of fruit.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha, 24, an office worker, a regular patron of the shop, says: "It's relaxing to sit here in the open air, savoring the fruits, which sell at a reasonable price."
Nguyen Duc Hung, 24, the shop's owner, sells fruit for just VND25,000 (more than US$1) each. Customers can order them raw or blended with yoghurt.
"Mix Max also has staff to prepare or blend the fruits based on customers' requests," he says.
Tran Thanh Hoan, 22, also has a fruit buffet stand, called F4U, open from 5pm to 10pm, in Phu Nhuan District. He offers 14 kinds of fruit at VND20,000 (less than $1) each for a blended drink.
Customers can prepare the fruit themselves, if they wish. Besides fruit stalls, buffets of cake, tea and milk, and rice paper with cheese have opened around the city.
In an alley in Go Vap District, the Deli shop is a popular spot that provides various kinds of rice crepe, such as fried garlic-crepe or baked crepe with cheese or onions.
For VND80,000 ($3.6), a customer can select from 20 different dishes made with crepe and tea or other beverages.
The owner opened Deli three years ago but decided just two weeks ago to turn it into a buffet shop.
Centre puts five new national relics under State protection
The HCM City Monuments Conservation Centre has recognised an additional five sites as national relics which will be strictly protected and preserved by the State.
They include Binh Tay Market, two communal houses in Tan Son Nhi and Tan Thong villages, Camp Davis and Phap Hoa Pagoda.
A Chinese businessman financed the construction of Binh Tay Market, located on Thap Muoi Street in District 6. It features Oriental art and many motifs reflecting the Cham style, according to the centre's head Truong Kim Quan.
It is home to products made by both the Vietnamese and Chinese community in the district.
The communal house in Tan Thong Village was built in the 19th century in Tan Thong Hoi Commune in the city's rural district of Cu Chi. The house is linked to revolutionary movements during the war against the US in Viet Nam.
The communal house in Tan Son Nhi Village, located on Tan Phu District's Tan Ky Tan Quy Street, is one of the few structures retaining the architecture of a kind of house typical of the southern region, with a three-door gate, stele and adytum.
In addition, the Phap Hoa Pagoda on Phu Nhuan District's Thich Quang Duc Street is a historic site that contains a secret bunker built in 1945 used to hide Vietnamese soldiers during the war. It also houses a portrait of President Ho Chi Minh.
Camp Davis, located in Tan Binh District, was once used by the US Air Force during the war in Viet Nam. It was named after the first American soldier, James Thomas Davis, who died in battle in southern Viet Nam. — VNS