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Lotus – The spirit of Vietnamese culture

“Trong đầm gì đẹp bằng sen 

(Nothing in the pond is more beautiful than the lotus) 

Lá xanh, bông trắng lại chen nhụy vàng 

(Its leaf is green, its flower cup is white with yellow pistil…)” 

For a long time ago, that lullaby lyric existed in every Vietnamese, and it is about Lotus- the Vietnamese spirit flower. 

Lotus is one of the important cultural part which made Vietnamese, this flower appeared about 400 years ago in India, then it spread around Asia and has become a special role in many countries such as: China, Vietnam, etc. It is one of the best symbols of Buddhism, they represented the morality, holiness, wisdom of people. In other words, they can live still as pure minded version on the dirtiest mud, nothing can defeat their quality and strong. 

For the very first time, because Vietnam is an agricultural country, we had planted lotus as a special ingredient for daily life: the seed for porridge, the petal and central seed for tea, etc. They had been used as an idyllic food for the long history journey. 

Besides, many authors were inspired by lotus which had existed in many art: poem, creation, picture. The image of lotus is associated with Ho Chi Minh’s hometown, a tranquil place with green fields stretching to the horizon, about his personality: honest and noble. 

 

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4 creepy dishes in Nghe An

In Vietnam, tourists will be overwhelmed by abundant delicious dishes with a large number of nutrients. For many locals, this includes dishes prepared with a wide variety of creatures, even insects.

Today, Vinh Guru’s blog is going to show several weird cuisines existing in some areas in Nghe An.  

  1. Silkworm’s Pupa 

An exotic meal is prepared from silkworm pupa after the silk is taken from its cocoon. The dish is a bit shocking at the first look, but your perception may change after you enjoy its buttery taste as it is melting in your mouth. When talking about eating larva, most of the people are still hesitant, but whoever has had the chance will want to enjoy it one more time. Not only the good taste, but also it contains quite a lot of good nutrients for human health, can promote children’s growth, and is antirachitic (prevents constipation).

Tập tin:Silkworm pupae to eat.jpg – Wikipedia tiếng Việt

  1. Ant soup

Basically, it is the same as other soups, however, it is cooked with eggs and ants. 

This dish is only in the Thai community in Western Nghe An. The red ant that lives only in broad canopy trees, along streams or in old forests is the important ingredient. With a sweet and sour taste, ant egg soup is also a cooling dish in the hot summer days of Thai people.

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  1. Scorpions

All scorpions have a venomous sting, but the vast majority of the species do not represent a serious threat to humans. In most cases, healthy adults do not need any medical treatment after being stung. With the unique taste and master skills of locals, scorpions become a local specialty of the Nghe An.

Bọ cạp bảy núi An Giang, món ăn vừa ngon vừa sợ

  1. Tadpoles

Tadpoles are a favorite dish of the ethnic minorities in Nghe An. Tadpoles can be an ingredient in a lot of dishes such as sour soup with bamboo, sausage, and others. This is a traditional cuisine prepared by Kho Mu people for their guests.

Despite the strange and creepy initial appearance, these dishes still are a part of our featured culture and make a lasting  with tourists. Let’s try and discover them with Vinh Guru. 

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Follow Vinh Guru come to a small village in Chau Tien commune, Quy Chau district, Nghe An province, comes what is known as one of the most famous and oldest brocade weaving cradles in Nghe An. A cultural artifact of the Thai people, brocade is an indispensable part in daily life, holidays, village festivals or weddings. It brings a beauty of artistic creation and cultural tradition, easily impressing people the first time they encounter it. 

Growing mulberries and raising silkworms is the first important step to get a high quality of brocade. The farmers usually select the natural material themselves for the original products. Cotton yarn will be grown by the farmers, then harvested and processed into fibers to weave fabric and make other cotton products. 

Trong hình ảnh có thể có: một hoặc nhiều người, thực vật và mũ

Let talk a little bit about the brocade fabric’s color. Most of the products from brocade are a variety of tones, so how can they get that and how it affects human skin?

Creating colorful materials is not too difficult for the Thai people. Living in the mountainous area gives them a lot of natural resources to support the development of this traditional weaving profession. Each color comes from a unique substance, each of which gives off a fragrant scent like flower or grass. These substances are not irritating to the skin and they are environmentally friendly.

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The goods produced from the brocade are diverse, including lovely notebooks, stuffed animals, cute pen pouches, brocade scarfs. They are ideal souvenirs when you visit Vietnam and want to take home a unique, featured culture to give to your family. 

And now, they are available in Vinh Guru’s souvenir shop! We certify the quality of all of the souvenirs we offer in order to bring to you the best products. 

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Vinh Guru is offering a tour to visit Hoa Tien village and try to make these items for your own as well: https://vinhguru.com/tours/traditional-weaving-village-exploration/

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