Vietnam royal dishes reproduced at festival

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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Six dishes that were traditionally served at royal meals of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) were reproduced at the ongoing Festival Hue in the central town on Tuesday.
The royal meal was part of a gala called “Royal Palace By Night,” and served more than 600 people who paid VND2 million (US$94.5) for admission. The second night was scheduled on this Saturday.
Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center, said the dishes were cooked by artisan Ho Thi Hoang Anh, the successor of Ho Van Ta, head of a cooking team serving at the end of the Nguyen Dynasty.
They were presented with their original names as being mentioned in the dynasty’s records, he said.
According to Hai, they reproduced the dishes with a hope that they would be able to make people understand properly about the royal cuisine of Hue, which was the Nguyen’s capital.
Anh, the artisan, told Thanh Nien that the meal was not about “extravagance” or “luxury,” because “we wanted participants to enjoy and experience the true tastes and the fineness of royal cuisine.”

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