By Richie Fawcett
In Vietnam, women have always been in the forefront in resisting foreign domination. Two of the most famous heroines are the Trung sisters, who letd the first national uprising against the harsh rule of a Chinese governor called To Dinh. Some feel that if the sisters had not resisted the Chinese when they did, then there would not be a Vietnamese nation today.
The sisters were daughters of. powerful lord. Trung Trac was the elder and Trung nhi was the younger. They lived in a time when women enjoyed freedoems forbidden to them in later centurties. For example, women could inherit property through their mothers line and become political leaders, judges, traders and even warriors.
Trung Trac was married to Thi Sach, another powerful lord. Chinese records note that Trung Trac had a brave and fearless disposition. It was she that mobilized the Vietnamese lords to rebel against the Chinese. L:egend says that to gain the confidence of the people, the Trung sisters commited acts of bravery, such as killing a fearful people-eating tiger, and used the Tigers skin to as paper to write a proclamation urging people to follow them against the Chinese.
For the Next three years, the Trung sisters engaged in constant battles with the Chinese government in Vietnam. Out-armed, their troops were badly defeated in 43AD. Rather than accept defeat the popular lore says that both chose the traditional Vietnamese way of maintaining honor – they commited suicide. Some stories say they drowned in a river and others say that they dissapeared into the clouds.
One of the longest streets in Saigon, modern day Hai Ba Trung street leads from the river front all the wayinto the Da Kao district, being a major artery into the city from the provinces in the West.
STREET NAME HISTORY
Hai ba Trung, duong (Q.1) – Befor 1955: rue Imperiale, rue Nationale, rue Paul Blanchy, 1955-1975 dunng Hai Ba Trung.
TRUNG TRAC COCKTAIL
The cocktial that is inspired by the older of the Trung sisters uses egg white to create a textured foam. This adds body to the Lychee, ginger and chili sour drink. The Ginger and chili give the cocktail a good kick…as did Trung Trac.
25ml Vodka, 25ml Lychee liqueur, 20ml Fresh Ginger juice, 15ml Coconut vinegar, 20ml Coconut syrup, 1/3 birds eye chili, 20ml Pasturized egg white.
Add all ingredients to boston shaker. Dry shke for 10 seconds ( no ice ) to create the foam from the egg white. Add ice . Shake a gain. Strain into rocks glass, over. a single fresh ice cube. Garnish with a candied ginger slice placed over the foam and a small red chili on the rim.
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