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[adverb] – in or to a foreign country or countries
He went abroad on a business trip.
[verb] – to provide food or drinks
They serve good coffee in that cafe.
[noun] – a food that is used with other foods in the preparation of a particular dish
Salt is one of the main ingredients in pastry.
[verb] – to put something with something else to increase the number or amount or to improve the whole
They say adding lime to this dish makes it tastier.
[noun] – something especially rare or expensive that is good to eat
Did you know that snails are considered a delicacy in France?
This noodle dish with turmeric-spiced fried catfish served in a pan with herbs is a popular meal in Hanoi, and a street in the capital is named after it. Cha ca was first created more than 130 years ago by the Doan family to be served to soldiers during the French colonial rule.
Hanoi’s banh tom, or shrimp cakes, have only four main ingredients: flour, sweet potato, and freshwater crayfish or shrimp from West Lake. Fried shrimps are wrapped in lettuce leaves and served whole, chili, lime juice and fish sauce as dipping. Banh tom is believed to have existed in the 1930s when stall vendors gathered along Thanh Nien street, a road in between West and Trúc Bạch lakes.
A fish noodle soup with fried fishcakes, green onions, tomatoes, and herbs, lunchtime in Hanoi is never the same without bun ca. According to the founder of Hanoi Street Tours, Mark Lowerson, adding lime, vinegar and herbs to bun ca will give customers a balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy.
Bun Rieu Cua
Bun rieu is a seafood noodle soup but with crab meat and blanched tomatoes as its main ingredients. Little bits of fried tofu are put in the meal for added crunchiness, and tamarind paste for more sourness to the broth. Bun rieu can be topped with beef, pork, fish, or snail depending on the region.
Ca Phe Trung
If you want to have egg and coffee in one single delicacy, look no further. Hanoi’s ca phe trung — which literally translates to “egg coffee” — has beaten egg yolk with condensed milk on top of Vietnamese coffee. Feel free to choose between its cold (which is more of a flavored ice cream and dessert) and hot versions.
True or False:
- A street in Hanoi is named after banh tom.
- Ca phe trung has two versions to choose from.
- Bun ca is a fish noodle soup with fried fishcakes, green onions, tomatoes, and herbs.
- Cha ca was first created 130 yeas ago.
- Depending on the region, bun rieu can be topped with beef, pork, fish, or snail.
Fill in the blanks:
- _____ a teaspoon of mixed herbs to make it more delicious.
- Fresh sea bass is a _____ in this region.
- Most of my relatives live _____.
- My sister bought _____ for curry for dinner.
- They _____ both cold and hot coffee.