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14 Foods That Are Natural Painkillers for Pain Relief

14 Foods That Are Natural Painkillers for Pain Relief

Nature has provided us with countless foods, herbs and spices which pack up healing nutrients and powerful compounds that aid our body in improving its health and strength. When we fall sick, experience pain and muscle damage after an exhausting workout session, or feel the onset of an agonising cold, instead of taking those potentially harmful antibiotics and painkillers, we need to turn to the natural pain-killing properties of certain foods.

You see, dark leafy green veggies, crunchy nuts, ripe fruits and whole grains that we add to our daily diet don’t just eliminate our hunger and feed our appetite, but in fact, they provide our body a wide host of essential nutrients that are required for regulating bodily processes and monitoring our health.

Vietnamese culinary culture

Culinary culture is the natural culture formed in life. Especially for the Vietnamese, food is not only a cultural material but also a spiritual culture. Through food, people can understand the culture of human dignity, the cultural level of the nation with the principles, rules and customs in the eating.
Vietnamese food culture.

Vietnamese culinary culture

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its features such as: harmony, diversity, low fat; Delicious taste with a combination of many types of reduction to increase the taste, attractiveness in the dishes. Eating chopsticks and using chopsticks and especially in indispensable meals is a common practice of the entire Vietnamese people.

Besides the common features, each region has its own culinary characteristics:

Northern cuisine: The dishes are moderately flavored, not too concentrated but with colorful colors, usually not thick with spicy, fatty, sweet, mainly using diluted fish sauce, shrimp sauce. Hanoi is regarded as the culinary essence of the North with delicious dishes such as noodles, noodles, bun cha, bun bo, Com Cong village, Thanh Trung rolls and special spices such as tomato stem, basil Glossy.

Central Cuisine: Central Vietnamese people prefer strong, tasty foods. The specialty is reflected in the special flavor, more spicy than the food in the North and the South. Colors are rich, vibrant, red and brown. Central cuisine is famous for sour shrimp paste, all kinds of fish sauce. Hue royal cuisine with royal cuisine style is not only very spicy, many colors but also focus on the number of dishes, how to place dishes.

Southern Cuisine: Due to the influence of Chinese, Cambodian and Thai cuisines, Southern dishes tend to be sweet and spicy. Popular types of dried fish such as Osphronemidae fish sauce, prahok fish sauce, Ba khia fish sauce... There are typical dishes such as: ham mats coconut water, bat roasted steamed chao, coconut, dinghy or date, crayfish, grilled fish snack ...

Ethnic minority food: The cuisine of each ethnic group has distinct identities. It is famous for raw pork mixed with small intestine in the Central Highlands, egg rolls (Cao Bang, Lang Son), Tay ethnic pancakes....

Culinary culture of the Vietnamese spirit
The spiritual culture of the Vietnamese in cuisine is the expression of beauty in the culture of communication, the behavior between people in the meal, to please each other through the attitude of gentle behavior, education . Eating out has its own rules, habits, from yourself, to your family, and relationships outside of society.

Each person must know how to be careful while eating, as well as to honor his or her saying: "When you eat, check the pots and pans; When you sit, check the direction.", or "First think and then speak"

In the family: eat the same tray, preferably food for older people, young children "After you", showing respect, love affection. Everyday meal is considered a family meal, everyone gathers together, together after a hard day's work.

In society: Inviting visitors to home expresses the culture between people and people in society. When having the opportunity to eat, the host often makes delicious food, cook as much to treat guests. Homeowners usually take food to invite guests, avoid stopping the meal before guests, and offer invitations to eat when guests stop the meal. Dinner is not only a fun but also expressed the typical hospitality of the Vietnamese.

Yen Tu Pagoda in Quang Ninh

Yen Tu Pagoda in Quang Ninh
Being a natural landscape, Yen Tu still preserves many historical sites with the name "land of Buddhism in Vietnam". Yen Tu Mountain is a mountain of Dong Trieu bow arch in Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province. At the top of the mountain, it is often covered with clouds, so people also call it Bai Van Son. Yen Tu forest is famous for its spectacular scenery and is known as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam. At the top of sacred mountain Yen Tu also has a historical area with ancient temples and ancient trees. Yen Tu also became the center of Buddhism since King Tran Nhan Tong abandoned the throne, cultivated and established a Buddhist sect called Truc Lam Yen Tu.

Yen Tu Pagoda in Quang Ninh

5 Ways To A Healthy Lifestyle

With good food habits and daily physical activity you will be well on your way to a healthy life.  Easy to say, but sometimes not so easy to do!
Our busy lifestyles can be hard on our family’s health. Rushing to and from school and work can make it hard to find time to be physically active. We can also slip into the habit of choosing unhealthy snacks and take-away foods or spending our free time watching TV or in front of the computer.
However, these choices can be dangerous for our health and our children’s health – both now and in the long-term. That’s why it’s so important to stop, take stock and make a conscious decision to follow a healthy lifestyle.

How to lead a healthy lifestyle
There are five simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:

1. Get active each day
Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people.
They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’.
Include activities that strengthen muscles and bones on at least 3 days of the week.
Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active.

2. Choose water as a drink
Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks.
Reduced fat milk for children over two is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.
Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices that have a lot of sugar.

3. Eat more fruit and vegetables
Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.
Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal.

4. Switch off the screen and get active
Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese.
Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment. Break up long periods of use as often as possible.
Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives
Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.
Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.
Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.

Hanoi Breakfast - an essential part of the Vietnamese cuisine

N o matter how busy and modernized Hanoi has become, the Hanoi food and the traditional breakfast habit of the Hanoians have been well preserved. Their breakfast menu is quite diversified with dried food, including rice, bread or pastries, and many different types of noodles and noodle soup. The Hanoians make their breakfast at home or go to a small restaurant on the street - some prefer to buy the food on the street and eat it at home.

Top 5 best attractions to go in Ha Long

Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. And is loved by travelers all over the world, wanting to come at least once in their lives.

Halong Bay is recognized by UNESCO as the natural heritage of the world with thousands of islands made by the great and live creativity. Ha Long Bay has beautiful scenery so this place is a very attractive tourist destination with domestic and international tourists.

10 things to know before coming to Vietnam- for foreign visitors

Here are just some of the things you need to know before making a good trip to Vietnam

1. Crossing the road: To overcome this difficult challenge, slowly settle into the car under the road, keep the speed stable, do not hesitate, do not stop, do not text by phone or see the map when crossing the street. The vehicle will automatically adjust to you.

Best of Ho Chi Minh city

Our recommendations for the best things to do during a stay in Ho Chi Minh City aka. Saigon. We think it's one of Asia's least recognised, culinary capitals. And the sheer energy of the place will sweep you up.

8 reasons why American tourists enjoy travelling to Vietnam

GlobalGrasshopper, a global award-winning journal and a rich source of information for those who love self-sufficient travel, recently published a very detailed article full of praise for the country. Vietnam. Jack and Jenn - two bloggers from Who Needs Maps shared the reasons why international visitors love Vietnam so much.


Enjoyed Long-term geographic from the North to the South, Vietnam's climate varies greatly from the Top to the Tip of the country, so each region has its own culinary culture. Traveling from North to South to enjoy food in each area is one of the kind of Vietnamese tourism that is quite special and attracts millions of visitors each year.

9 places in Vietnam make the West unforgettable

With beautiful natural scenery, unique culture and delicious food, many destinations of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Ha Long Bay ... always attract many visitors from all over the world.

Dalat: The cool climate is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the valley of smog, fresh pine forests and colorful flowers, where Dalat was chosen as the ancient king of the resort season. summer. Today, the beautiful city of Lam Vien Plateau is a destination for those who want to escape the heat of the South.
Da Lat cuisine is also quite rich, in which the snacks such as bread, soy milk, baked rolls are classified into the food to taste when coming here.

Ho Chi Minh City: Located along the Saigon River in the South of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, attracting international visitors thanks to its combination of history and modernity, fascinating sights and vibrant nightlife.
In addition, street food of the city, Ho Chi Minh also has a special charm. Coming to the most vibrant city of Vietnam, you can settle down with the food specialties such as Ben Thanh night market, Ha Ton Quyen street, Vinh Khanh street.

Mekong Delta: Colorful floating markets, rich fruit orchards, endless rice fields, peaceful villages ... making the Mekong Delta the ideal destination for tourists. International visitors want to experience the simple life of the people of Vietnam.

To this rich land, do not forget to enjoy the local products. There is nothing more exciting to discover the canals of green trees, enjoying the delicious dishes such as grilled fish snacks, cakes or go to the fruit basket. It will be very interesting!

Nha Trang: Located in one of the most beautiful bays in Asia on the coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a popular resort destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. The majestic mountains, fine sandy beaches and beautiful islands offer visitors an unforgettable vacation. The beach of Nha Trang attracts visitors thanks to many resorts, green ... Amusement Park and water park bring the excitement to visitors.

About the cuisine of Nha Trang, seafood processing is always both Vietnamese tourists and international tourists gourmet. Also nem nực or bun ca( fish vermicelli) fry is also very good and seasoned.

Sapa: surrounded by mountains, terraces and ethnic villages in the mountainous north of Vietnam, Sapa is a bustling town, where you can climb the Hoang Lien Son Range or visit the region. around. International visitors are eager to see the terraced fields, waterfalls, cultural experiences, food and homestay with local people.
Come to Sapa, remember to enjoy the special barbecue here. Grilled meats, vegetables are oblique, with new customers to grill. In the cold weather of the mountains to enjoy the aromatic barbecue, hot hot fruit is delicious to forget.

Hue: Perched on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is the ancient and quiet capital of Vietnam. Today, the place still retains its traditional features in architecture, culture and cuisine, becoming one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam. In particular, the city of Hue with the temples, palaces, magnificent walls, or Thien Mu Pagoda is the most popular attractions.

The famous delicacies of Hue cuisine include beef noodle, filter cake, little ram ... and the kinds of Hue super diversity.

Hoi An: This ancient town has a history of over 2,000 years, located in central Vietnam. The center of Hoi An is the old quarter with impressive architecture and attractive cuisine. Visitors can walk along the old streets, watch old houses, enjoy tea, taste delicious food such as tea, high floor ... or shopping in the long life.

Hanoi: With its bustling old town, the perfect mix of classic and modern, with its unique cuisine, Hanoi has become a favorite destination for many international travelers.
You can take a stroll in the vibrant old town, visit the markets, sip a cup of aromatic coffee, enjoy the attractive street food, listen to opera at the Opera House ... Prices are so cheap with other destinations in the world is also a plus for Hanoi.

Halong Bay: As one of the seven wonders of the new world, Ha Long Bay has long been a name well known to the international tourism community. With blue water, rocky mountains, Ha Long Bay is like a scene in the fiction. Located about 130 km from Hanoi, this place has over 2,000 islands, with impressive cave system, lake ... impressive. Guests can rent yachts for a fun night out on the bay.
Jackie Nguyen

The Best Food to Eat in Vietnam

From eating in random living rooms to five star meals, here are some of the best Vietnamese street foods and snacks you must try, while traveling through Vietnam.

Vietnamese food is without a doubt, one of our favorite cuisines. People love it's creative ingredients, and that mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors! If you travel to Vietnam you will be more excited to taste everything and eat your way through the various cities like Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Saigon.

Of course, being a huge country, the various regions of Vietnam (north, central, and south) each had their own unique food styles. Come to Vietnam, you will have the chance to try the food from so many different parts of the country. No matter where you go, you are able to find vietnamese staples like Pho and Bun Cha, and you will be surprised by the variation from one city to another -- for instance, the Pho you order in Hanoi is almost completely different from the Pho you'll get in Saigon.
Another thing that surprises is that each of the three regions has very different dining cultures. In Hanoi, the north of Vietnam, the places with basically "mom and pop" street food stalls. In Hue and Hoi an, the central region of Vietnam, things are a little more developed, and you will find a broader selection of traditional restaurants. In Saigon --Vietnam's largest city -- you will be able to find everything from amazing street food to fine dining all on the same street.

Below are a few tips for eating some of the best Vietnamese food you should try, while taking a tour of Vietnam in the future. I know we are missing a ton of dishes on this list, so let us know about your favorites in the comments!
Tips for eating in Vietnam
One thing we quickly learned, was that eating in Vietnam is a very different than eating in a Vietnamese restaurants in the US or Europe.  Below are a few things to keep in mind when while looking for a bite to eat in Vietnam.
Be adventurous: Many restaurants in Vietnam (especially Hanoi) don't always look like traditional restaurants in the US or Europe. Sometimes, the "restaurant" is the front room of someone's house, and they serve food to you in what is essentially their living room. Sometimes the "restaurant" is just a grill setup over an open fire on the sidewalk. If you see people sitting on little plastic stools, go ahead and join them. We did this many times, and had amazing meals, and never died. It's perfectly safe.

Look for locals: This golden rule of eating in a foreign city applies anywhere, but especially for Vietnam. If you look into a place and see nothing but wide eyed westerners looking back at you, run away. Often times this tactic does mean that you will end up going into places that may appear to be less than "100% sanitary" (though you'll get over that quickly in Vietnam), and they most likely will not have a translated menu for you. Deal with it. Find someone who is eating something that looks good and point to it when you order. Odds are you'll get delicious, authentic food, and for a fraction of what you'd pay in a restaurant that caters to foreigners.   

Don't always expect to get a menu: Many places we ate in Vietnam only served 1 dish. You basically walk up, grab a stool, and within 30 seconds someone walks over and puts down a bowl or plate of what ever it is that restaurant makes. It could be skewers, bun cha, pho, or something else you may not always recognize - but whatever it is, that's what you're going to eat -- there are no substitutions. 
Drink beer: It's hot in Vietnam, and nothing helps cool you down like a glass of beer. You'll see it for sale everywhere. We bought some from an old lady selling it out of her house, and we sat with her on little stools on the sidewalk and drank a few bottles. Also, a bottle of beer is cheaper than a bottle of water in Vietnam, use that to your advantage -- and remember beer is 95% water anyway! Cheers!
Speaking of Beer, try Bia Hơi This is a dirt cheap local style of Vietnamese beer. Expect to pay a few pennies for a glass. Bia Hơi literally means fresh beer. It's brewed each the morning and is sold later that day! Don't be turned off when you see it served with large amounts of ice. It's surprisingly refreshing and when it's hot and humid (even inside the air conditioned rooms), you'll be thankful.  
Sometimes you just need to stop for a beer in the most unexpected of places!

Your favorite food from Hanoi, Vietnam
Bun Cha- The signature dish of Hanoi.  Follow your nose to a smoky street-side grill and chances are you’ll find Bun Cha. You’ll be given a mound of grilled pork neck, fried spring rolls, salty-sweet broth, slices of green papaya, rice noodles, and fresh herbs. Mix everything together and enjoy. 
Morning Glory Salad. It’s a crispy vegetable that is stripped down to be noodle like and we ate in variety of different ways. My favorite was eating it raw with grilled beef on top and that tangy sweet sauce, Vietnam does so well. 

Phở - There is a big difference between Phở served in Hanoi and Saigon. In Hanoi you get wider noodles, a darker broth and my favorite - a strong anise and cinnamon flavor. If you’re used to getting all the different garnishes (herbs, lemon, different types of meat, etc) you’ll have better luck in Southern Vietnam.
Bahn Mi - A baguette sandwich that is given a Southeast Asian twist by stuffing it with pâté, mayonnaise, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapeños, cilantro and cold cuts. Although we found Bahn Mi everywhere in Vietnam, we liked it best in Hanoi. Most of the stands we came across only had 2 basic types.

By Lam Nguyen

Am I Supposed to tip in Vietnam?

We often get asked about tipping in Vietnam. Tipping is one of those things that varies from country to country, andoften travelers can get confused on the subject of tipping. So we are here to help clear that up. Frequently, people receive completely different answers to this question.

Here are the most common occurrences when someone may ask themselves, “Should I leave a tip?” and how to properly respond.

In some countries, like the United States, it is considered rude to not leave a tip for a taxi driver. In Vietnam, it isn’t required and a driver will not be insulted if you do not tip. However, if your taxi fare is, for example, VND 90,000 then it is normal to give VND 100,000 and tell them to keep the change.

Vietnam is pretty famous for its delicious street food. Some of the best food can be found at street food stops. It is not typical to tip at these street food stops, unless you are really impressed by the food or service. If you are very impressed, VND 20,000 is a good tip!

Fancier restaurants get more confusing. Nicer restaurants almost always include a service charge of around 10%. Although you may think this goes directly to your server, it doesn’t always reach their pockets. The management may divide this up and the servers end up getting a smaller cut than you expect. If you receive outstanding service it is typical to leave an extra tip of VND 100,000/person.(When dealing with higher priced services in general, if you are really impressed then use the easy rule of thumb to leave a tip of VND 100,000/person. So when in doubt, just refer back to this as a pricing point.)

Ahh… the spa. Spas are considerably cheaper in Vietnam than countries like Australia, Canada, the United States, or in Europe. So it’s understandable that when people go to the spa they become unsure of proper tipping etiquette. For cheaper spas, a few dollars is appropriate. Similarly to restaurants, the nicer spas will include a service charge of 5-10%. Again, like most situations in Vietnam, if you truly had an outstanding experience it is appropriate to add a little extra tip!

Tour Guides:
For day tours, use the rule of thumb! VND 100,000 is typical if you are pleased with your tour. If you have a great tour guide and driver then let them know! Usually when giving the tip, just give the amount to the tour guide and they will divide it out amongst the driver(s) and themselves.

As many people know, Vietnam is a developing economy. This means that many people do not receive high wages. When they receive tips, it is greatly appreciated. However, tips should always reflect their level of service!

7 Reasons to Eat Street Food in Vietnam

You’re coming to Vietnam – you’ve read about the street food, you’ve heard about the street food, but will you try it? You may be on your way here, telling yourself “Of course I’ll try it!”. But to be honest, upon first arrival, you may become wary of what you’ll actually try. There’s not likely to be a menu in English and it is more unlikely that the staff will speak great English. Here are 7 reasons that we have come up with to eat street food in Vietnam to help ease your worries!

The largest cake in Vietnam, more than 3 meters in diameter

The record pancake is made from about 139 kg of ground rice flour, 50 kg of shrimp, 50 kg of pork, 100 kg of lobster, ... and when completed the diameter of up to 3.68m.

On May 1, in Da Nang City, the Vietnam Youth Union (VWU) directed the Vietnam Youth Union of Da Nang City and the Saint Giong Knowledge Portal to organize the youth workers exchange program. the largest Vietnamese rice cake with the participation of nearly 1,000 young workers.

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The record pancake is a large version of traditional pancake pie, made from about 139 kg of ground rice flour, 50 kg of shrimp, 50 kg of pork, 100 kg of lobster, 20 kg of bean sprouts, 50 kg of squid 20 kg of beef, 20 liters of peanut oil, 80 kg of raw vegetables, 100 kg of rice paper, 100 liters of soy sauce and a large number of spices. The finished cake has a diameter of up to 3.68m.

Despite being enlarged, this cake still maintains the raw ingredients, taste, thanks to the selection of clean raw materials from the traditional villages of Quang Provinces such as vegetables from Tra Que vegetable village, Phong Tung rice, Cu Lao Cham seafood, Dai Loc rice paper ...
The record pancake is the work of the top 30 chefs in Vietnam, with many years of experience in the profession, performed within 5 hours of processing.

To accomplish this record, the management team as well as the chefs have focused on preparing for 5 months.

From Vietnamnet

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Vietnamese cuisine varies by region. Each city, even each village, may have its own list of unique local specialties.

Our quest through Vietnam started in the north, in the capital city of Hanoi. Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes originated here. The famous Vietnamese noodle soup Pho, is one of the most iconic northern Vietnamese food.