Tag Archives: GVF


Time flies so fast that it is already our 8th meetup. That the end of the journey is coming soon and that we want to create as many memories as possible made us come up with the idea of cooking together. Then somehow for this meetup we baked Swiss roll, which is also known as kääretorttu in Finnish.

For learning activities, we obviously did learn how to bake this delicious Swiss roll. Then we had a chance to listen to old Finnish songs, which I myself considered as a very worthwhile experience. Songs of each country, each culture and each era, in my opinion, bring me magical feelings that no words have the ability to express. All you need is only to listen and immerse yourself into the melody. Besides that, we also shared deep knowledge of our each native country. After the conversation, I now want to go exchange like Tabea, which I previously believed to be a waste of time. It will never be a waste of time.

For having-fun parts, we did enjoy our autumn-winter afternoon with just conversations and good food. Happiness sometimes can be this simple!

I feel like now we are more open to each other, consequently more comfortable while being with each other. Another good memory while being in Tampere, Finland 😀

Mentioning about roll, here is a tip for you all by Ashton Kutcher:

Always roll up the sleeves on your shirt. It gives the impression that you are working, even if you are not 😀


Hi guys,

Well well well, it has been quite a loooong time since my last blog post. Guess what, Hang is back with her crew GFV.

Today, we had a food tour in Lidl in Finlaysonkatu. It was my first time there for 14 months living in Tampere, Finland. It was good. We decided to buy needed ingredients for baking tomorrow. Tabea and Tuuli introduced to me many interesting things of Christmas, which I never knew before. Such included the chocolate calendar, candles, Christmas chocolate, and Cool Santa. It took us around an hour inside the supermarket.

After that, Tiger was our next destination. We had A LOT OF FUN there. Everything was so cute that we wanted to buy them all. Seriously, EVERYTHING!!! It felt like I was living my childhood again with all sparkling items and cute decoration things. Tuuli told me one joke from her psychological teacher that is to MARRY MONEY. If I got a guy who would like to buy me the whole shop, I would get married to him XD. Yeah we all know it is a joke, don’t we?

It was pretty much for today tour. I loved it and I also enjoyed spending time with these two lovely girls. Looking forward for tomorrow baking!!!

A lovely quote for such a rainy day:

When life gives you rainy days, wear cute boots and jump in the puddles!





Whenever it comes to food, I would be sooo excited. What about you? Do you feel excited now?

This time we had a perfect lunch with lecker German-Finnish starter, Vietnamese-style main dish and herkullista Finnish desert.

This is Tabea’s blog post: http://eoto.blogs.tamk.fi/2017/10/22/international-lunch/. You can find all the ingredients there.

Swabian potato salad was the name of the starter. It took Tabea two hours to cook it. Well I would say it was worth cooking as the dish was good! and Tabea could save much time for next cooking tryout.

Hmm it seems that I forget something. Ohh the legendary “pastry”. I love the moment we made fun of this pastry. Tuuli even showed us the home-made one, which surprised us all! In my opinion, the one from Lidl supermarket (out of 3 biggest) is the best!

I love cooking. Since I moved to Finland, I tried to mix many Finnish raw ingredients for cheaper price with Vietnamese and Asian sauces for familiar taste of food. It is great experience in general. This dish was no exception. Basically, this dish was not from Vietnam, but I tried to make it with Asian style. You will love it for sure!!!

This is mud-cake, the desert. Anyone crave for sweet?

What I learnt during the whole food-date was the difference between Vietnamese cooking style with Finnish/German one. I love cooking with hands so that I try to use hands to do as many things as I can. Meanwhile, it is considered dirty in Finland and Germany. It was quite surprising to me that Germany and Finland shared quite similar table manners besides cooking styles. Should I call it in general as European style? Other than that, we had discussion about Finnish law, housing price in Finland, European citizen benefits and all kinds of jokes.

Such wonderful experience, looking forward for upcoming food-date!!!