Bánh Canh Crazy: The Dark Horse of the Vietnamese Noodle Race

Bánh canh is one of my favourite noodle dishes and you are going to love it too. Don’t stop your noodle quest at phớ, bánh canh should be high on your Vietnamese dish agenda. Bánh canh isn’t one noodle dish but a whole sub-genre! There are countless variations of bánh canh across Vietnam. We’re going […]

Miếu Âm Hồn and the 1885 Fall of Hue

On the 23rd day of the lunar calendar’s 5th month, ceremonies take place every year around Hue to commemorate what residents refer to as the fall of the city in 1885. The date marks an event when around 1200 died during the early stages of French colonial rule. Most died while attempting to flee the […]

Nổ Cái Bùm: Independent Hue Art Festival Week July 2020

No Cai Bum

Nổ Cái Bùm Art Festival will be held from 4th July to 9th July 2020, taking place in a range of art spaces throughout Hue City in Central Vietnam. It is possibly the biggest arts event held in the former imperial capital. Over 50 artists from across Vietnam will contribute to the independent festival with […]

Tết Đoan Ngọ: Vietnam Solstice and the Summer Parasite Purge

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar year, residents of Hue annually celebrate Tết Đoan Ngọ. A lousy comparison would be to the summer solstice but while the origins stem back in time by an equally impressive distance, the practices of Tết Đoan Ngọ are considerably different. Tết Đoan Ngọ […]

Dharma Hip Hop: Listen to the new Buddhist hip-hop album by LT Midside

Many years ago, Wu Tang Clan and NWA brought eastern thought to a hip hop audience but seldom are the spheres of hip-hop brought into eastern thought. LT2564 , the most recent album of Hue MC LT Midside, is the perfect amalgamation of rap and spirituality. Instead of community-focussed lyrics or street hustling anecdotes for […]

Housebound? Bring Vietnam Into Your Home During Coronavirus

Phuong Khau

Five Ways to Bring Vietnam Into Your Home During the Coronavirus Epidemic As global cases of Covid-19 have soared dramatically this month, self isolation has become a reality for most people internationally. Now that my access to the outdoors is somewhat limited by the coronavirus, I have had to continue my passion for Vietnam within […]