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Through the lens: Hà Nội entertains international journalists with local specialities

Update: February, 28/2019 - 06:00
Sweet treat: Hà Nội’s legendary egg coffee is served hot at the media centre by the owner of famed Cafe Giảng. — VNS Photos Trương Vị
Viet Nam News

By Trương Vị

Journalists from around the world covering the second summit between the US and DPRK at the media centre in the Friendship Culture Palace on Trần Hưng Đạo Street are being served free meals of Vietnamese specialties right at the site.

Anytime at all: Food is being served throughout the day at the centre between February 26 and March 1.

Nine dishes representing Hanoian cuisine have been served including phở Thìn (beef noodle soup), bún chả (vermicelli noodles with grilled pork) and egg coffee made by the owner of the famed Cafe Giảng.

Nice rice: Bánh Khúc, a steamed glutinous rice dish with khúc leaf, mung bean, pig fat and pepper. This popular rendition made by Ms Lan is known as the best in Hà Nội.

All of the dishes are being prepared and served by the most experienced and specialised chefs.

For the soul: Bún thang, vermicelli noodles in chicken soup, is among the must-try delicacies served to journalists.

“On the first morning, both domestic and foreign journalists were excited by our dishes,” said Bùi Thị Hương Thủy, an official from Hà Nội’s Culture and Sports Department. “They patiently queued up in long lines.”

Big spread: Some of the Vietnamese food available at the media centre.

Besides traditional dishes, there is also an international buffet prepared by cooks from the National Convention Centre.

Fresh: Various tropical fruits are available.

Food is prepared on site with fresh materials and served throughout the day, Thủy said.

Satisfying: A traditional set meal of rice and side dishes in Vietnamese style.

There are also four double-decker buses just outside the centre. A bus leaves every ten minutes to take journalists to key sites.

A classic: People queue up for phở Thìn, a famous beef noodle soup.

Nearly 3,000 journalists from 40 countries and territories are in Hà Nội to cover the summit, along with 550 domestic journalists.

Worldwide: A buffet of international food at the media centre.

The number surpasses the number of journalists who covered Asia-Pacific Economic Meeting 2017. — VNS

 

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