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On last Tuesday and Wednesday, there was a riot in Birmingham. About 160 people has been arrested for the charges of disturbance on a second day and night in West Midlands. There was looting in Birmingham city centre, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich on Tuesday night and two ambulance response cars were attacked. A 32-year-old man will be questioned on suspicion of murder after three men were run over and killed in Birmingham. Nineteen people have been charged and remanded to appear in court on Wednesday following the disorder in Birmingham over the past two days. A total of six police officers have sustained minor injuries in the overnight disorder. This Midlands-based Interior design firm offer their services free of charge to any business damaged by riots, and to provide furniture and fittings at trade cost. Local universities based officers would like to remind students of their own role in staying safe...
Where possible, please remember to stay on well lighted and populated streets. Stay together in group as there is safety in numbers Beware of your surrounding.
If you have been a victim please contact the police Editor's note Well its that time of year again people, we'll welcome you to the new semester. If you are fresher, welcome to Birmingham; If you are coming back, welcome back. If you are a bit stuck on what to buy, where to buy, we've got bunch of ideas as well as second hand stuff which has been left from previous generation. :D We hope you enjoy your read as much as we did putting it all together. So once again from me and the team, welcome to VSA. NQV Editor
Aston University Vietnamese Society - Welcome all! ^^ Founded in 2004 by 9 Vietnamese students whose very first desires were to connect the hearts of all Vietnamese students at Aston. VSA ( Vietnamese Society of Aston ) has grown stronger each year into a reliable, warm and helpful home. The little but mighty organisation, though has undergone many difficulties and hardships, stands firmly until today with over 60 members. Not only act as a medium to communicate and unite all Vietnamese Students, it has also done many activities to proudly promote and advertise Vietnamese culture to international friends. VSA today and in the future will always follow the wishes, hopes and traditions of the original member and promises to expand into a strong and influential society at Aston University.
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Vietnamese society now launched the magazine quaterly. Students who want to involve with writing stuff can join in. Here is where you will find all the information about VSA activities, AstonVina football team, Scratchy Magazine. We're lucky to have many creative Vietnamese students at University, there is no reason why we can't launch our own magazine. You don't have to be on a media-related or have any experience to be part of our team. Interest in joining please contact us at http://www.facebook.com/VSAers or pop in on Welcome Party will take place on October.
VSA Summer 2011
In this summer we have 2 meeting, one is the current member of VSA, the other is alumni party
and one wedding from our beloved friends.
Looking into the future.
Our plan is
First of all, we're welcome you to be part of ours. We very delight to present the history of the VSA and we'd like to introduced ourselves. Through some game of VSA, we'll come to know more about each other as well as the society. In the welcome party, we'd like you to nominated yourself or your friends into our new committee. The selection take place annually on the welcome party. Here is the current Committee members:
Ngo Thu Trang Thai Son Tran Sean Nguyen
Hoang Truong Ngoc Hien VietSoc Aston
Stephanie Dao 07518392080Mobile email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the party, we'd like you to sign up as the member of the society. We'll contact you for any news and activities available at VSA. Thanks
Bun Thang is a kind of noodle which
stands for Hanoi cuisine. 1. Ingredients: Half of the whole chicken 200g Dried shrimps o 100g Vietnamese Ham ( Gio lua): I don’t have this in Singapore nor I can make it so I just use the normal ham. Though the taste is little bit different but it’s ok J o 2 eggs o White Radish o Green onion, laksa leaves, ginger o 100g Dried mushroom o Fish sauce and Vietnamese shrimp paste. o Vinegar o Vietnamese vermicelli (fresh or dry one should be ok but it should be the thin strips) 2. Preparation: 2.1. Cloth Soup: It’s very easy but remember to put all the ingredients because each of them make the soup so different from other kinds of noodle such as Pho.
o After cleaning chicken, boil them in a large pot for 15 mins. Remember to put
some sliced ginger to make the soup smell good, and so does the chicken. Put the chicken into a dish to cool it down. o Add 5-7 dried shrimps, 5-7 dried mushroom and continue to boil. o After the chicken is cooled down, separate the meat and the bones. Put those bones (you can add big bones) to the pot and continue to boil for 10-15 mins more. Put some fish sauce and salt to taste. You can add big bones to make nicer cloth soup and here is the thin strip vermicelli 2.2. Shrimp Floss: I can say that it makes the dish outstanding because of the shrimp floss. I’m sure that you will like it. So you can make a lot then use it for next time because it is dry and can be kept for a quite long time.
o Soak the rest of the dried shrimps into water for 15 mins. Wash them carefully
because they may have sand inside.
o You can use your blender to make
it become small (as picture) then put them in the pan: use small heat and stir it till it becomes dry. I don’t have the blender so I use a traditional way to make it buy hands Still very ok but little bit take more time hehe. 2.3. Eggs: As I said above, everything in this dish is so tiny and so is the egg. To make it, you need some practice, but I’ll show how to make so tiny and thin.
o Beat 2 eggs and blend it well with some fish sauce o Use a small pan, put some cooking oil in. Heat it up then make sure that the
cooking oil is on the surface of the pan. After that, pour the cooking oil into a small bowl. You know why? To make the egg thin, you should use a very small amount of oil … So now pour some egg into the pan. Make sure that it swirls to coat the pan evenly, and cook until set. Done!! It should be very thin. Cool down and slice it into thin strips. 2.4. Pickled Radish: I’m not sure that my way is a traditional way or not but I think it is good enough, especially when we are away from Vietnam. Good thing is: this way is really fast and tasteful o Chop the white radish in to small and thin pieces. Put a tsp of salt and set aside for 15 – 20 mins o Wash them twice to make sure there is no more salt. Actually, when you do like this, it’s a fast way to make the pickled thing. o Put the vinegar, sugar with the ratio: 1:3 and mix the radish well. If you like, you can put chili to make a little bit spicy. o Taste it, it should be sour, sweet, salty and spicy. Set aside for 1 hour before serving. 2.5. Others: Come on, be patient!!! It’s nearly end of the road to the final dish J
o So with the chicken, use your
hand to make the meat to become thin strips. The thinner, the better. o Cut the ham to thin strips also o Cut the green onion and laksa leaves small. I have to say laksa leaves are very important for this dish. Without it, 50% of the dish is not the original Vietnamese
dish. Believe me, try to have 2 bowls, one is with laksa leaves, the other is without, you can see the difference easily. I’m happy that I can find it very easy in Singapore. o If you use dried vermicelli, then remember to boil it and rinse it into cold water. Cut everything thin and small Now, ready to serve Put everything into a big bowl. Put the vermicelli, chicken, eggs, shrimps floss, ham, green onion and laksa leaves … See, there’s a lot of ingredients so each of those should be just a little bit, ok Pour the cloth soup and now … taste it ^^
Put all the ingredients into a big bowl and pour the cloth soup, then enjoy hehe ^^ I’m sure that you will be happy and enjoy when you make it and have it by yourself hehe … because after many things you’ve done, this is the good gift you can give to anyone … So does the meaning of the dish – Bun Thang.
Enjoy Bun Thang with Pickled Radish and a little bit Vietnamese Shrimp Paste^^
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