Western Food in danang
European and American cuisines typically fall under the category of Western food, although, at times, Western cooking also includes meals of other countries in Oceania like Australia. And what do food lovers instantly think about when they hear Western food? Steaks, burgers, huge servings of fries, sausages, and ribs are just some.
There are usual characteristics that differentiate Western food from other cuisines. First is the quantity of the serving. Compared with the traditional Asian cuisine, serving size of Western cuisine is essentially bigger. What is considered “jumbo” or super size in Asian food is only a regular size in Western cuisine. That’s generally speaking, of course.
In Western cooking, meat is also used in huge proportions. If in Asian cooking, meat is only part and parcel of the meal, in Western cooking, meat is the main star. Think of steaks. Thick slabs of meat are the main star of the meal. There are other players on the plate, such as mashed potato and steamed vegetables, but the meat is the only reason why the plate is readied in the first place.
The use of rice also differentiates Western from Eastern cooking. In Western cuisine, rice is rarely served and is only treated a side dish, usually to an Eastern-inspired Western food. Rice is given a similar treatment like that of steamed greens, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, fries and corn on the cob. In contrast, Asian meal is not complete without rice. It is a staple. Noodles can be a take the place of rice although both rice and noodles can be presented in a meal at the same time.
But just like Asian cooking, Western food also puts great emphasis on the use of condiments and seasonings. You can find catsup, mustard, gravy, and other sauces and condiments easily available in eateries specialising in Western dishes.
In Singapore, Western foods are now everywhere unlike before. Fast food restaurants serving Western food are now easy to come by. Western foods are also typically found in hawker centres, or al fresco complexes that house food stalls, so you can have access to a burger or fries should you crave for them.
The great thing about dining is that the confluence of cultural orientations has made it possible for Westerners to find Asian cooking satisfying and for Asians to find Western food a big treat. This inter-relation of tastes and preferences has given more dining establishments sufficient reason to present both kinds of meals. Thus, where west meets east, you can definitely find great food.
A wide range of activities will be held across Da Nang from late this year until early next year to mark 20 years since the city’s recognition as a centrally-governed city on 1 January 1997. These activities will be jointly organised by the 25 local government departments and agencies.
Specifically mentioned is a grand meeting at the Tien Son Sports Arena and a workshop entitled ‘Da Nang: 20 Years of Construction, Development and Future Orientations’, both to be held on 31 December.
In addition, between 24 and 31 December, there will be an exhibition at the Hoang Sa Exhibition House featuring photos and documents relating to Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. Also, a photo exhibition themed ‘Da Nang – The Age of 20’ will be held from 24 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 at the western end of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge, opposite the Museum of Cham Sculpture.
Cultural and sporting events will be included in the opening ceremony of the Da Nang Book Street on 24 December, a motorcycle and sports bicycle parade will take place along major streets on 30 December, street parades of flower-decorated vehicles on the evenings of 31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017, the Da Nang Cultural and Cuisine Festival between 1 and 7 January 2017 at the Da Nang Port, and an awards ceremony on 15 January for a video clip-making contest entitled ‘Da Nang – Impressive Moments’.
At midnight on 31 December 2016, a spectacular fireworks display will be set off on the beach near the East Sea Park.
Two special musical performances to welcome in New Year 2017 and to celebrate the 20th anniversary will be broadcast live on both the DRT and VTV8 channels at 7.30pm on 29 December. The New Year Countdown Party 2017 will be held from 7.30pm on 31 December at the 29 March Square on 2 September Street.
In addition, there will be various events for local young people and children. Included will be the ‘Da Nang in My Heart’ drawing competition for children, and the ‘Da Nang’s Youth Aspiration’ singing contest and a contest entitled ‘Da Nang-People-Time’ for senior high school pupils to learn about the glorious history of the city.
Also to mark the anniversary, 20 local citizens will be honoured in recognition of their remarkable achievements towards the city’s progress.
Most notably, the DA NANG Newspaper is running a city-level reportage-writing contest entitled ‘Da Nang – 20 Years of Innovation’ which is open to all amateur and professional reporters from across the country. Each entry must be printed journalistic reportage, with a total word count of between 1,500 and 2,500. At least 3 high-quality photos must be attached to each entry. Entries are required to be sent to the Da Nang Newspaper offices at 42 Tran Phu or via the newspaper’s email address before 31 December. The awards ceremony will be held in January 2017. A ‘Da Nang: 20 Years of Construction and Development’ book is also expected to be released by the newspaper in January 2017.