You don’t want anything to get in the way of your exploring Hoi An, especially not the radiant sun and steaming hot temperatures. Here are a few delicious drinks that can make your day under the sun a little cooler:
1.) Sugar Cane Juice
Passing a sugar cane stand on a hot sunny day in Hoi An is a frequent delight. There’s even a stand outside of Cafe Zoom where a small cup is sold for just 5,000 Vietnamese dong. The refreshing afternoon drink is extracted from sugar cane stalk, and it surprisingly offers several health benefits, such as increasing your body’s protein levels!
2) Green Tea
Here in Hoi An, green tea is in abundance and tea breaks are always acceptable. Come try a delicious breakfast at Cafe Zoom where you will be given a complimentary glass of this refreshing green tea!
3) Bubble or “boba” Tea
Try the Trà Sura Khoai Môn, or Milk Taro Bubble Tea right next to Cafe Zoom. If you don’t feel brave enough to add in the tapioca balls or the fruit jellies, no need to worry because there menu is expansive. This Taiwanese drink can be served frozen or with ice, but either way it’s a refreshing drink to begin or end your day.
4) Passion Fruit Juice
Enjoy a delicious and savoring glass of passion fruit juice during your stay here in Vietnam. Passion fruit thrives in tropical and subtropical regions such as Vietnam. You can experience a taste of passion fruit in desserts, cocktails, yogurt, salads, or in this simple, fresh, and cool glass of juice. The juice made from the purple passion fruit is tangy and sour, and likely to give you that boost of energy you need to withstand a hot and humid day in Hoi An.
5) Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world, so it’s indeed a must try drink in Vietnam. Stir up your coffee and sweet condensed milk, and add in a few ice cubes to make for a rejuvenating traditional Vietnamese drink.Souce : http://vespaadventures.com/5-drinks-to-cool-you-down-in-hoi-an/
Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. This pure liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. Here are 8 Benefits of Coconut Waterthat explain why it has become so popular:
The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately packing on the pounds. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
For those with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance as it has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin. It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of oil. This explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are more effective.
Next time you overdo it and drink more than your belly can handle, consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.
If you constantly encounter difficulty during the digestion process, coconut water may provide a source of relief. Because of its high concentration of fiber, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.
The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.
In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. In some instances, it is recommended that coconut water be consumed at the start of each day to foster the balance of these electrolytes.
Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.
Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.
Coconut water can be enjoyed as a stand-alone beverage or combined with another liquid product. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount that should be consumed on a daily basis, but experts from the Mayo Clinic strongly suggest that you consider maintaining an active lifestyle if consuming large amounts of coconut water since each eight ounce serving is accompanied by 45 to 60 calories.
When searching for the perfect fresh coconut to enjoy, be sure to steer clear of those that have a hard brown shell as this is an indication that it is mature. Instead, look for those that are young and green on the exterior as they usually contain a large supply of the actual coconut water substance. To test it out, simply shake the coconut up and down to gauge how much liquid it contains.
Rob and I flew into Ho Chi Minh on August 1st. I was expecting to be disappointed, as we were really late for the reported season, in June, and I’d heard that Vietnam only grows Monthong anyway. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Vietnam has an estimated 20 unique varieties, undiscovered and unnamed treasures that I hope will survive the insidious encroachment of Monthong and Musang King.
The word for “durian” in Vietnamese is Sau Rieng (pronouced Sow-Ree-Eng). Its literal translation is “one’s own sorrows” or “private sadness.” The story goes that a long time ago, a Vietnamese solder went to war in Thailand. There he met a beautiful girl and married her. She loved a fruit called “durian.” Unfortunately, something happened to her and she died. When the soldier returned to Vietnam, he brought with him her beloved fruit.
Vietnam map made of many fruits Military Command by Can Tho City People's Committee in collaboration Thot district organizations exhibiting. This is one of the important events taking place in the framework of the Festival of Military - People of 2015.
Vietnam map made of fruits has a total area of 60m2, in which the width of 6m, 10m width and height is 2.5m header, footer is 0.5m. To date, Vietnam map made of fruits is said to the largest Vietnam.
Map Vietnam has nearly 1,000 kg of fruits used for fruit 800 kinds, 600 basket. The total value of this map over 100 million.
Organizing Committee said, tomorrow (7.2 days), the map will be completed and the Organizing Committee will recommend the Guinness recognition.
Close-up map of Vietnam's largest fruit:
The Northern region
Sydney was a scorcher the last couple of days as temperatures rose to 41°C. The only sensible thing to do in this extreme heat was to stay indoors and crank up the air conditioner. With the extreme heat I haven’t had much appetite lately. I have been skipping lunch and just eating che sam bo luong. Che sam bo luong is a very refreshing and cooling drink (or dessert) which is so good for you. It can be very filling too with all the goodness of barley, longans, dates, seaweed, gingko nuts and lotus seeds.
I’ve boiled a huge pot which we have been eating for days. I love mine chilled with ice and lots of syrup. To make this you don’t really need accurate measurements. I just put in what I like more and less of what I don’t really like (seaweed). Make it sweet or light as you like.
can of gingko nutscan of lotus seeds (can use dried just longer to cook)200g of brown sugar4 litres of water100g of pearl barley100g of dried longans10g of dried seaweed
Soak barley a couple of hours prior to cooking.
In a pot add water and barley on low heat and let cook for 3o minutes.
After 30 minutes add longans, dried dates and sugar.
Soak and wash the dried seaweed. They are very slimy and need a couple of washes.
Cook the barley, longans and dried dates until they are soft.
Add the gingko nuts and lotus seeds and bring to boil.
Add the seaweed. Bring to the boil and take the pot off the heat.
Can be served cold or hot.
Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is truly a heaven when it comes to fruits. One who first comes to the country will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold at a very reasonable price in every street and market all year round.
Southern Vietnam is the largest fruit granary of the whole country, since the region’s weather is warm with long hours of sunshine, high average temperature and humidity year round. There are even tours arranged exclusively for tourists who love visiting orchards where they can witness how the fruits are grown and try fresh fruits right at the garden. As summer comes, the annual Fruits Festival is held in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting millions of visitors, local and foreigners alike.
Tropical fruits are often found very nutritious, providing rich source of carbohydrate, vitamins (especially A and C), minerals and fibres. Its flavor is often teh extreme of either sweet or sour, and many comes with a particular fragrance that is unmistakeable. Due to the typical weather conditions, the fruit’s colors are vibrantly eye-catching, with red, yellow and orange among the most popular ones. The abundance of fruits in the region also means that people use fruits in many different ways: eating raw, making juices, mixing salad, preserving jams and many other delicious desserts. In northern Vietnam and central highland areas, where the temperature is cooler with four separate seasons, farmers also grow temperate fruits such as apple, strawberry, cherry, grape, peach, or pear, making the collection of fruits in Vietnam an extremely rich one.
Following are some of the fruits you will be encountering as you make your way to Vietnam; some are probably found in the China town nearby to your residence.
Mango - Xoài
Mango is a nutrition-packed fruits and the Vietnamese one may be very different from what you have experienced in your local grocery stores. Read more about Vietnamese mango and recipes from mangoes.
Mangostreen - Măng cụt
Read more about Vietnamese mangosteens
Rambutans - Chôm Chôm
Read more about Vietnamese rambutans
Durians - Sầu riêng
Read more about Vietnamese durians
Pineapples - Dứa
Read more about Vietnamese pineapples
Dragon fruit - Thanh long
Read more about Vietnamese dragon fruits
Star apple - Vú sữa
Read more about Vietnamese star apples
Papaya - Đu đủ
Read more about Vietnamese papayas
Sapodilla - Hồng Xiêm
Read more about Vietnamese Sapodilla
Jackfruit - Mít
Read more about Vietnamese jackfruits
Coconut - Dừa
Read more about Vietnamese coconuts
Sài Gòn Fruit Fair on busy Nguyễn Tất Thanh Street in District 4 has emerged as a new destination for HCM City’s young people and budget-conscious consumers.
The fair, which opened on August 19, has more than 30 stalls selling fruits from the Mekong Delta such as mangosteen, durian, rambutan, watermelon, longan, grapefruit, and avocado, as well as imported fruits like New Zealand apples, Australian oranges and US cherries.
The fair also introduces international tourists to the richness of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits and promotes the unique cultural traits of the southern region through traditional favourites like the bamboo, folk music and áo bà ba (a shirt worn by southerners).
The establishment also offers fun activities including music shows at 7 pm every Saturday and Sunday, lucky draws and dance shows.
Visitors can enjoy tasty dishes made from fresh fruits, admire the art of making unique fruit juices and eat at street food stalls selling fried fish balls, fried sausages, French fries and corn fried with small shrimps at prices ranging from VNĐ10,000 to VNĐ25,000. — VNS
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