The Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports is compiling a dossier to propose recognizing the Vietnamese capital city’s pho-cooking as national intangible cultural heritage, departmental director Do Dinh Hong said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press briefing to introduce the 2023 Hanoi Culture and Food Festival, Hong said that Hanoi will also team up with Nam Dinh Province in northern Vietnam and other localities to apply for UNESCO recognition of Vietnamese pho-cooking as world intangible cultural heritage.
Pho, a national dish of Vietnam, is a noodle dish served with hot broth cooked from beef or chicken.
Da Nang City’s O Nam fish sauce making and Phu Quoc City’s fish sauce making had previously been listed as national intangible cultural heritage.
The Hanoi Culture and Food Fest will take place at Thong Nhat Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street from December 1 to 3, featuring 80 booths.
A series of dishes and foodstuffs from Vietnam and other nations will be showcased at the fest to serve both local residents and tourists.
Local and international foodies can savor Com Me Tri (Me Tri green rice flakes), xoi che -- a combination of sweet soup and sticky rice -- vermicelli soup, cha lua (Vietnamese pork sausage) originating in Uoc Le Village in Hanoi, and che lam (sticky rice ginger peanut bars), among others.
Multiple specialties from India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines will be on display during the festival.
A slew of art performances and cultural activities, as well as folk games will be held within the framework of the event to provide visitors with a feast for the eyes and ears.