A Quát is a kind of ritual dumpling that is only made of glutinous rice and wrapped in tiger grass leaves. They are popular among the Pa Cô and Tà Ôi communities. These A Quát dumplings often come in pairs and are tied together with banana midrib.
When I started to work with Dr. Thái Kim Lan and the rest of the team on establishing Hương River Antique Pottery Museum (Bảo tàng Gốm Cổ Sông Hương) at 120 Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên (Huế) in 2021, I had thought I that I involved in this project because of my mentor Hồ Tấn Phan’s dream. Little did I know that I finally did it for my own good.
Perhaps lotus is the only flower which could bring serenity and purity to my heart. It even cultivates in me a habit of waiting for summer every single year because this season comes with pretty lotus blossoms and tasty delicacies made from different parts of lotus. My neighbor, dì Na, cooks lotus rice every summer […]
Especially for my colleagues, I have been working as a local guide since August 2017 with many ups and downs, mentally and emotionally, but I still have my heart in it nonetheless. Here are the six reasons why I love being a tour guide. 1. Talking about my favorite things and getting paid for it […]
The Huế people who underwent many natural disasters as well as wars and even epidemics, learnt how to appreciate mediocre foods, to include different kind of edible wild vegetables into their meals, and to reduce food waste. Some of them even took extra steps when using food scraps to make delicacies which were so mouth-watering […]
Almost everyone in Việt Nam knows that Hương River goes through the heart of Huế but not many of them know that the river also runs between my name — Võ Thị Hương Lan, flowing into my soul and lingering there for good. While swimming in Hương river is like hugging a mother in my […]
I started a mini video project called “Hands of Huế” in December 2019. It’s planned to be a series of short footages featuring the hands of Huế people that move my heart with their passion and talent; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some other personal reasons, I am now focusing on the clever hands of my neighbor, Auntie Hương.
Once an American friend teased me that I was too salty, I almost wanted to fire back, “Well, I’m also chua cay (which means “sour and spicy”, or “unpleasant”) because I have been eating too much dưa and mắm since I was a little girl,” but I held it back as I didn’t think he […]
One serene sunny afternoon on Bến Kim Long, I rolled out my blanket and lying down next to Sông Hương, the charming river of Huế City, the water source of its citizens and the second mother of my own. This time I decided to have a real talk with her so I could get to […]
I saw a quiet lane running by one side of Xương Lăng – Emperor Thiệu Trị’s tomb so many times when I visited this area but I had never thought that I should take that narrow road until curiosity hit me one afternoon. Not just curiosity but also boredom urged me to discover what lied […]