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Young Artists Reimagine Saigon’s Iconic Food, Drink

Wednesday, 03/22/2017 08:35
From a glass of iced coffee to a plate of broken rice served with grilled pork chops, the most iconic food and drinks in Ho Chi Minh City have become the subject for a group of young Vietnamese painters.

'Com tam', or broken rice with grilled pork chops.

‘Saigon on the move’ is a project by members of Bui Fine Arts Center (Bui), an academy dedicated to the training of young artists, and which looks to depict Saigon youths’ favorite food and drinks in paintings.

The works are a gift to “those who once stayed, are staying and will stay” in the dynamic southern metropolis, Bui wrote in the description of the photo album uploaded to Facebook on Sunday.

Most of the dishes featured in the paintings can be found in the city’s back alleys and corners.

Com tam (broken rice with grilled pork chops), banh mi (Vietnamese stuffed baguette), snails, baluts, banh trang nuong (grilled rice paper with toppings), banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake), iced milk coffee and peach tea are all favorites among Vietnamese and foreign visitors alike.

The amateur artists behind these paintings come from a variety of walks of life, including IT experts, graphic designers, college students and construction workers who live in Hanoi, but all share a love for Saigon, a city of dreamers.

Iced milk coffee, served in a glass.

'Banh mi', or Vietnamese stuffed baguette.


'Banh pia', a Mekong Delta pastry.

'Banh xeo', or Vietmaese pancake.

'Banh trung nuong', or grilled egg tard.

'Banh tam ngot', a sweet, chewy snack made from cassava.

Peach tea.


Stewed bacon and duck eggs.

By Tuoitrenews

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