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— by Thi Ha: Whether its bread, ice cream or moon cake, Vietnamese are increasingly preferring it to be black-colored.

Tuan, owner of a bakery in northern Ha Long Town, sells 300-700 black banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) a day for VND25,000-45,000 ($1.08-1.94) each.

He makes the bread using flour and bamboo charcoal, which is believed to be a natural detoxifier though there has been no formal research into it…

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