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Nam Duong is titled “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce”

Being a mainstay of Vietnamese cuisine for 70 years, Nam Duong soy sauce still retains its traditional and unique flavor. In recognition of this, it’s been voted “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019” by the Canadian publication Culture Magazin. Voting took place in Toronto and saw Nam Duong soy sauce, a product of Nam Duong International Foodstuff Corporation (NDFC), win the title of “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese soy sauce in 2019 ”. Recognition from one of the top five culture magazines in the world Culture Magazin is the first and only Vietnamese – English bilingual magazine, written for Vietnamese people, in North America, receiving its funding from the Canadian government. Its mission is to connect the traditional with the modern in the different cultures and was ranked fifth out of the top ten best culture websites by Feedspot in March 2019. Upon announcing “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 ”, Culture Magazin noted the award came from demand from the Vietnamese population in Canada who were looking to get a taste of food from their home country. Voting took place in Toronto and participants chose Nam Duong soy sauce as their favorite. From there, the magazine conducted further assessments, including sending judges to Vietnam to check out the factory and manufacturing process, to chat with local gourmet chefs, and listen to customer feedback in the nation’s supermarkets and markets. According to Culture Magazin, following the two rigorous rounds of judging, Nam Duong won the title because of the following criteria: the soy sauce garnered the most votes in the Culture Magazin survey, the company has all the right paperwork for legal manufacture and trade in Vietnam and internationally, and it has the support of both customer and gourmet chefs in terms of flavor. Mr Thai Kim Son, General Director of NDFC (left),  received the award on behalf of the company from Mr Tran Nguyen Dang Vinh, from Culture Magazin’s offices in Vietnam (right). 70 years and one unique soy sauce for every Vietnamese meal Back in 1951 in Saigon, there was a soy sauce workshop, producing soy sauce with the label of Con Meo Den. The bottles were packed with the concentrated flavor of soy sauce which quickly became a firm consumer favorite. Until today, that same brand, now known as Nam Duong soy sauce, has been a part of millions of Vietnamese meals over the decades. It’s been perfected over seven decades, with modern technology being introduced into production without compromising on the delicious, traditional taste. Whether consumers know it as Con Meo Den or Nam Duong soy sauce, it’s still got a place in the heart of all who use it to add flavor to their meals and evoke memories of childhood dinners. An heir to the royal tradition of cooking, Mrs Ha in Hue is a chef with an emotional connection, “ To talk of Nam Duong soy sauce brings back memories of my grandfather. From the age of ten, until he sadly died when I was 32, I remember him adding Con Meo Den soy sauce to his plain rice porridge after qigong practice. He’d use loads of the soy sauce and not leave much for the rest of us! I would eat up the leftovers and understand exactly how good it was. From then, Nam Duong has been a part of my memories, taking me back to treasured times. One thing that I have truly treasured in my time as a culinary artist is that in the 66 years I’ve been in the kitchen, Nam Duong soy sauce has remained the same. ” Royal Chef Ton Nu Thi Ha It’s no understatement to say the award of “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 ” from Culture Magazine was a remarkable moment. Nam Duong has been offering the perfect, traditional taste of Vietnamese soy sauce and winning the hearts of millions of consumers for the last 70 years, and continues to do so. (Source: Thanh Nien Newspaper)

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Nam Duong is titled “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce”

“The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019”

Nam Duong soy sauce was the proud recipient of the award to be “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019” as voted by the Canadian Culture Magazin, one of the top culture publications in the world. Consumers buy Nam Duong soy sauce at Co.opmart Supermarket in Nguyen Nguyen Kiem, Ho Chi Minh City. (Image: Quang Dinh) When word of Nam Duong receiving the honor of being voted “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 ” by Culture Magazin in Canada, swathes of Vietnamese consumers decided to buy the familiar soy sauce brand once again, picking up a bottle emblazoned with the Con Meo Den symbol. A surprising brand revival As Mrs Tran Thi Phuong Hoai pays for two bottles of Nam Duong soy sauce in Vuon Chuoi market, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, she’s reminded of her childhood as she looks at the Con Meo Den symbol. “As a child, sometimes we had nothing to eat except cold, white rice. When we would add a few drops of Con Meo Den soy sauce we’d want to eat bowls and bowls of the stuff. We didn’t need meat, just a bowl of rice or a loaf of white bread and some Con Meo Den soy sauce to dip in. It was our favorite meal.” Nam Duong soy sauce has been around as long as other famous Vietnamese brands such as Co Ba soap and Hynos toothpaste, etc.,  Mrs Phuong Hoai remembers her children loving the flavor as much as she did. “When I heard that Nam Duong was voted “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 ” I was so proud,” she said. In the Co.opmart Cong Quynh supermarket in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, staff reported that sales of Nam Duong soy sauce have dramatically increased, and it’s down to the recognition from Culture Magazin. 25-year old Mrs Le Long from District 5 added a bottle of Nam Duong soy sauce to her shopping cart and told us, “My mum told me about the famous Con Meo Den soy sauce - it was always advertised on the radio when she was young. When I saw in the news this morning that Nam Duong soy sauce is the same as the old Con Meo Den brand, I had to come and get a bottle so I could have a try.” Con Meo Den in its heyday Nam Duong soy sauce, previously known as Con Meo Den, is a brand from the golden days of Saigon. The brand was regularly noted in works by Vuong Hong Sen and Son Nam as the best gourmet but accessible dipping sauce. Vuong Hong Sen has strong memories of Sa Dec noodles and sautéed beef, laced with the taste of Nam Duong soy sauce. He remembers Chinese rice bought from the famed Cho Lon Market that needed to be finished off with soy sauce, chillies, and Tieu vinegar. In the best bakery in Saigon it was easy to spot bottles of soy sauce, used to draw out the flavor of pork bologna and pate. The Nam Duong factory in Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park, Ho Chi Minh City, produces the famed soy sauce. Those in the older generations aren’t always aware of the brand name Nam Duong, but the Con Meo Den symbol has a special place in their memories. In 2019, the brand was recognized as “ The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce ”. This was a significant milestone for the company, that has been perfecting its sauce since it was founded in 1951. Another vital milestone came back in October 2015, when Nam Duong International Foodstuff Corporation (NDFC) was founded as a joint venture with Wilmar International Limited from Singapore and Saigon Co.op, with an initial investment of US$25.6 million. Soon after, in December 2017, the NDFC factory in Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park, Nha Be, Ho Chi Minh City, was opened. The investment from Wilmar enabled the company to bring in modern technology and the market access from Saigon Co.op meant the soy sauce could be distributed widely. Along with the famed soy sauce, other condiments such as chili sauce, tomato ketchup, and satay were all refined and delivered across Vietnam. The company was able to supply international markets, with orders coming in from the USA, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan, and more. Nam Duong Concentrated Soy Sauce Soybeans, a natural source of iron, have a delicious and pleasing taste for every meal, whilst also being packed with nutritional value. There are no artificial colors, no added sweeteners, and the sauce meets the 2-MCPD standard as laid out by the Ministry of Health. The Best Taste Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 June 5, 2020 saw Nam Duong International Foodstuff Corporation (NDFC)’s Nam Duong soy sauce honored with the award “ The Best Taste Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019 ” by the Canada based Culture Magazin. Culture Magazin is the only Vietnamese - English bilingual magazine in North America and is funded by the Canadian government. It’s website, http://culturemagazin.com , is ranked fifth in the top ten international culture websites in a poll by Feedspot in 2019. (Source: Tuoi tre Newspaper)

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“The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019”

The heir to Hue's royal cuisine reveals cooking secrets

Be ready to delight your taste buds, as the heir to Hue’s traditional royal cuisine explains how to season simple dishes like stir-fried vegetables and stewed fish to unlock a unique flavor. Mrs Ton Nu Thi Ha, is one of the last surviving royal cooks. The 77-year-old from Hue began cooking at the age of 10 and was schooled in royal cooking techniques by her aunt, who was also the wife of the  Chief Minister . She’s a traditional woman who prepares traditional food, with every dish needing a perfect taste, deep flavors, and a stunning presentation. At an event in Ho Chi Minh City recently, Mrs Ha was first introduced as a guest and she shared the secrets of how she uses soy sauce. In her kitchen it’s used as a marinade, and she delighted the audience with a guide to making a flavorful dipping sauce. The heir to Hue’s royal cuisine, Mrs Ton Nu Thi Ha, Uses soy sauce as a marinade and as a final seasoning Mrs Ha explained that for her, soy sauce is the final dash of seasoning for her dishes, as well as a marinade for stir-fries. With its deep and unique taste, vegetables and fish soak up the flavors and enhance every element of the dish. “Soy sauce can be used for marinating or seasoning, such as with my favorite meat stewed with coconut dish, or in a traditional fish stew. Rather than using rock sugar or brown sugar, I prefer to use Nam Duong soy sauce to give my dish a slightly sour taste, plus give it the perfect color of melting sugar. Once stewed for four hours, the fish hardens and the edges begin to curve - giving it a truly Hue taste,” she said. As a dipping sauce or for adding chilli powder When making porridge served with pandan leaves, Mrs Ha adds original soy sauce. When using too many ingredients, the porridge gets diluted and loses flavor, she explains, so only use soy sauce. She also advises cooks to add fresh sauce, rather than leftovers that can become clotted or discolored. If you’re not a fan of original soy sauce, Mrs Ha suggests adding crushed garlic and chillies, or even chilli powder, to bring out the flavors. Further, soy sauce can be added to a sweet and sour sauce that can be added to cakes and dumplings. She does note that the garlic soy sauce shouldn’t be used by vegans. “ You can use soy sauce to dip in sweet potatoes or to add flavor to morning glory. If you find it too light for dipping things like cabbage, turnip, or mustard greens, just add some extra seasoning to it,” she counsels. Soy sauce is perfect for dipping or for marinating food. Choosing a soy sauce When talking about the benefits of soy sauce, Mrs Ha notes that people with high blood pressure should avoid salt and that soy sauce is an ideal replacement. When cooking more healthy dishes, she replaces salt with soy sauce to not lose any of the taste. “ Soy sauce must be balanced and well-seasoned, every drop must have the right flavor. When I’m preparing an omelette, I’d never use fish sauce; only soy sauce. Out of all the soy sauce brands available, Nam Duong soy sauce is the best quality and my first choice. It’s concentrated and doesn’t discolor the dish. When you are a royal cook, like me, you must pay attention to the color and presentation of your dish, not only the taste,” Mrs Ha said. Looking back at her childhood, Mrs Ha explained that Nam Duong soy sauce used to be called  Con Meo Den and it was a rare and special sauce back then. Every morning after qigong, her grandfather would make porridge and add soy sauce, occasionally adding a dash of chilli powder. Soy sauce is a much-loved dipping sauce in Vietnamese meals and has been part of food history for centuries. According to Mrs Ha, the flavor of Nam Duong soy sauce has been consistent all through the years. “ When you cook, you need to know your seasoning so you can master the flavor and the look of the dish. Nowadays, there are good and bad sauces available, but Nam Duong soy sauce is just as great as it ever was,” she said. In Saigon in 1951, there was a soy sauce factory that used the symbol of Con Meo Den and the name Nam Duong. It produced bottles of sauce with a strong, concentrated flavor that soon captured the hearts of the people. From that point, Nam Duong has been a top brand in Vietnam and featured in millions of meals over the decades. With over 50 years of refining the product, the brand has remained loyal to its traditional flavors whilst harnessing modern manufacturing methods in its production. March 2019 saw Culture Magazin, a leading bilingual magazine in North America, vote on which was “T he Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce ”. The contest was between locally made, Vietnamese soy sauce brands and Nam Duong soy sauce, from Nam Duong International Foodstuff Corporation, was awarded the title The criteria for the award from Culture Magazin took into account the following: - Having the best flavor as determined by a survey conducted by Culture Magazin in Toronto, Canada. - Being favored by consumers in interviews conducted in supermarkets and markets. - Being noted as having the best flavor by Vietnamese chefs after 70 years on the market.  - Having all the correct licenses and certifications for manufacturing and trading under Vietnamese law and meeting international food safety requirements. (Source: Kham Pha Newspaper)    

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Sharing of The President Chef on Nam Duong soy sauce

Anh Tuyet is a culinary artist, well-versed in Vietnamese cuisine, and chef for the banquet for the 21 heads of state present for the APEC Conference 2019, held in Vietnam. Her soy sauce of choice? “The Best  Taste of  Vietnamese   Soy Sauce in 2019”, Nam Duong Soy Sauce, giving her traditional recipes a special flavor. The President’s Chef has been mastering flavor since the age of 9 Spending more than fifty years in the kitchen has given Anh Tuyet plenty of time to learn about Vietnamese culinary culture. The culinary artist explained that spices are key to the success of her dishes. At nine years old her grandmother taught her to hand make jars of pickled eggplant, to marinate each fish she cooked, to season each fish stew with soy sauce. In these lessons, she began to master the use of flavor. She explained that in the 60s, her grandmother’s sauce of choice was Black Ca t,  or Con Meo Den, which is now known as Nam Duong soy sauce. Inheriting her preferences from her grandmother, the culinary artist now chooses the condiment as an addition to every dish that needs soy sauce. “Con Meo Den soy sauce has a distinctive smell; a smell of natural soy beans that creates a smooth texture, gives a deep color, and adds a light sweetness that enhances every dish I use it in,” Anh Tuyet enthused. “It’s not always been easy to buy Con Meo Den sauce, so I had to experiment with other sauces to try and replicate my grandmother’s cooking. I never found the right replacement to bring the same flavors to my grandmother’s five-flavor steamed bass,” explained the artist. Culinary artist Anh Tuyet showcases a traditional meal, prepared for guests at her restaurant. As well as in the main course, Anh Tuyet also uses Nam Duong soy sauce in her vegetable dishes. She notes that sauces are not only for dipping, but a vital ingredient to enhance delicious flavors and feeling of love and joy in any dish, be it vegetables or fish. The sauce brings families together in their love of food and brings Vietnamese food to a global market with its strong and recognizable flavors. The traditional sauce has been recognized as  “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce of 2019” 2019 saw Nam Duong soy sauce, emblazoned with the symbol of Con Meo Den on the bottle, honored with the title “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce in 2019”. The recognition followed a vote in the Canadian bilingual publication, Culture Magazin, and the president’s chef, Anh Tuyet, agrees. Present in Vietnamese cooking for more than seven decades, Nam Duong soy sauce has been a part of traditional meal preparation. It fulfils its role of delivering a light and sweet taste, ready to enhance even the most gourmet of dishes. The sauce bowl takes center stage at a family dinner table, bringing everyone together in the enjoyment of great flavor. When the culinary artist met with the media, she discussed why she relies on Nam Duong soy sauce; she finds harmony in the traditional values that it embodies. Her love of the sauce was demonstrated in her menu for the 2017 APEC conference. With hundreds of recipes to choose from, she selected six dishes that truly represented Vietnam to prepare for the guests. Every ingredient was specially selected to be a “cultural and culinary representative” of Vietnamese cuisine. Nam Duong soy sauce has been a part of the family dining table since 1951, embracing a 70-year history of delivering original and traditional taste to the nation and winning the love of consumers. Nam Duong soy sauce – recognized as “The Best Taste of Vietnamese Soy Sauce” in a vote in Culture Magazin Even with modern meals and a choice of the best international ingredients, the position of the soy sauce bowl at the centre of a meal remains steadfast. The whole family joins in dipping their food in the most traditional of Vietnamese condiments. (Source: Kham Pha Newspaper)

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Sharing of The President Chef on Nam Duong soy sauce