Take a Stroll in and around Hanoi’s Old Quarter in Vietnam

Take a Stroll in and around Hanoi’s Old Quarter in Vietnam

Most buildings in Hanoi have seen better days but if you look past their weathered exterior, you'll find a Southeast Asian city with its own unique story. Obscured by power lines are French windows, decorative ironwork, and vernacular shophouses that narrate Hanoi's rich history. It's an interesting story, if you have time to read the clues.
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The Ultimate Vietnamese Food Guide: What to Eat in Vietnam (and Where to Try Them)

The Ultimate Vietnamese Food Guide: What to Eat in Vietnam (and Where to Try Them)

If I were to use one word to describe Vietnamese food, it would be "balance". Balance is important in all types of cuisine but it seems to be of particular importance in Vietnamese cooking. Vietnamese cuisine aims to strike a balance in different aspects of its food like taste, nutrients, and presentation, and it does so by paying attention to five elements per aspect.
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CHINA: A Dumpling by Any Other Name

CHINA: A Dumpling by Any Other Name

Lumping this polymorphous staple of Chinese cuisine into one generic term is much like saying your favorite hue is “color” --- there are literally endless variations and it would be impossible for one single description to embody all the different types of dumplings that exist in the multiple regions of the Middle Kingdom.
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