|Chả cá (grilled hemibagrus fish seasoned with turmeric and other seasonings) will be highlighted at the festival. — Photo courtesy of Đông Sơn Drum Restaurant|
HÀ NỘI — Famous specialities of Hà Nội will be featured during the Hà Nội Cuisine Culture Festival from October 5-7.
Festival goers can experience dishes that have been featured on international media such as phở (noodle soup), bánh chưng (square glutinous cake), spring rolls, bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette) and bún chả (noodle served with grilled pork).
Besides, various street foods and other items will be introduced such as ô mai (preserved fruits), cốm (young sticky rice), robusta coffee, chả cá (grilled hemibagrus fish seasoned with turmeric and other seasonings) and bánh cuốn (steamed rolled pancakes).
The festival introduces Hà Nội cuisine as food can be considered a bridge of cultural exchange and helps connect people from different cultures, according to Ngô Văn Quý, vice chairman of the capital People’s Committee.
The event aims to show the capital’s cuisine culture to local and foreign visitors. Through a culinary journey, tourists can understand the lifestyle and custom of Hanoians.
The festival will take place at the Thống Nhat Park, Trần Nhân Tông Street, as part of the activities to celebrate the 64th anniversary of Hà Nội’s Liberation Day and 1,008 years of Thăng Long – Hà Nội.
During the festival, there will be an exhibition area that features the elegant style of Hanoians in enjoying cuisine. In addition, visitors will be able to exchange ideas and taste Hà Nội cuisine with artisans, researchers, as well as join a number of traditional arts and games.
The number of foreign tourists to the city is estimated at 2.44 million in the first seven months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 20.5 per cent, according to the Hà Nội Department of Tourism. — VNS