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Vietnamese student in Australia launches YouTube food channel

Update: July, 12/2018 - 09:00
Nguyễn Khánh Vương Anh, who is studying cooking arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, cooks bánh xèo (sizzling rice pancake with pork and shrimp) in a video clip shot in the Mekong Delta. — Photo courtesy of Vương Anh
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — A Vietnamese student in Australia has launched a YouTube channel named Vương Anh’s Cooking Journey to introduce Việt Nam’s tourist spots and dishes from many regions.

The videos of Nguyễn Khánh Vương Anh, who is studying cooking arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, depict breathtaking views from the northwest uplands to Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta, showing locals’ daily life and work as well as the culture and gastronomy of different regions.

At each destination, Vương Anh gives instructions on how to prepare a special dish from locally grown ingredients found at markets in each region.

Such specialties include duck salad at Cao Phong in Hòa Bình Province, Mộc Châu grilled pork and calf roll in Mộc Châu Plateau, grilled quail in Tủa Chùa of Điện Biên Province, black-boned chicken stewed with veggies in Lai Châu Province, and hotpot of sturgeon in Sapa.

Between December 2017 and June 2018, she made 14 videos for Vương Anh’s Cooking Journey.

This September, she will head for the northeastern region to make new videos and continue her journey to all cities and provinces across the country. Each clip lasts for five to six minutes and is introduced in English.

“Initially, I planned to visit the northwest to learn about two well-known spices locally known as mắc khén and chẳm chéo to enrich my knowledge about ingredients, but then I changed my mind. I wanted to not only look into food ingredients but also to capture special cultural traits, beautiful venues, and good food to introduce to international friends,” she said.

Vương Anh said that she inherited her love for cooking and tourism from her mother, culinary artist Đoàn Thị Thu Thủy.

“Three years ago, when reading my mother’s book Hành Trình Món Việt (Journey of Việt Foods), which introduces delicious dishes from the south to the north, I was inspired to make a journey all over the country to study the nation’s cooking arts.

“When she found out about my intention to visit the northwest, my mom encouraged me to make a fully fledged programme with video clips in English to introduce Việt Nam to the world,” she said.

Regarding her long-term plan for Vương Anh’s Cooking Journey, she said she not only wants to show the world the country’s beauty spots and fine dishes, but also organise similar programmes abroad to introduce her friends in Việt Nam to beautiful places and good food from other parts of the world.

Her YouTube channel can be seen at — VNS

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