Offering a wide variety of local and international foods combined with unique and delectable drinks, House of Son Tinh promises gourmands an unforgettable meal, Mai Huong explores I was introduced to House of Son Tinh with an irresistible description - a restaurant with a good combination of unique drinks and delectable food. No food lover refuses such an invitation, and the idea of spending a summer evening at a breezy restaurant near West Lake sounded attractive. So, why not? Located along Xuan Dieu Street - arguably the capital's new centre for gourmet restaurants - House of Son Tinh looks humble with its hotel-like exterior. I was not impressed by its lobby but I really liked the spaciousness and fresh atmosphere of the dining room on the second floor, which is adorned with green plants and large pictures of Ha Noi. The restaurant offers many dishes, including Western and Asian cuisine. However, its special feature is truly expressed in its splendid combination of food and wine, … [Read more...] about Drink and be merry at House of Son Tinh
Bacon fried rice
The simple determination of an athlete has influenced the way the Italian chef, himself a champion kayaker, creates dishes, believes reporter Ngoc Duy.I appreciate the way Frederik Farina, a chef at the Beach House restaurant at Hyatt Regency Da Nang Resort, thinks about dishes: they should be easy to understand. I had a chance to talk with Farina before enjoying some of his cooking recently when my friend and I had dinner at the resort, which opened on the coast of Da Nang, about 8km from the city's centre, earlier this year. As we wanted to enjoy the restaurant's own style, we didn't choose dishes from the menu but asked the chef to arrange a meal for us at his own discretion. I was quite sure the ladies would be attracted by the handsome and gentle Italian chef, but what impressed me more was how he had become a master chef after first pursuing a career as a professional kayak racer. He had won several kayaking prizes in his country, and now he was creating recipes and cooking … [Read more...] about Chef Farina serves up a seaside feast
REX HOTEL (141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCM City. Tel: 38228380) Rooftop Garden: A Christmas Eve party will take place from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the night of December 24 with a menu of diverse seafood dishes and exciting entertainment. The prices are US$75++/adult and US$40++/child. Wine and soft drinks are included. In addition, a Welcoming Spring party will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the night of December 31 with unique entertainment, a fashion show, music by a Flamenco band, a fire dance and a lucky draw with valuable prizes. Notably, the buffet offers guests lobster, free wine and soft drinks. The price for the buffet is US$89++/adult and US$45++/child. … [Read more...] about Christmas And NewYear’s CelebrationsIn Restaurants And Hotels
Rice is an Asian staple, an indispensable part of every meal for millions. And Asia's diverse cultures have distinct rice varieties and rice dishes that they favor. Korea has Korean mixed rice, China is proud of Yangzhou fried rice, Vietnam has cơm chiên cá mặn (fried rice with salted fish), and so on. With the huge worldwide popularity and recognition that pizza and pasta have attained, it is sometimes overlooked that Italy has superb rice dishes as well. Italian chefs pay a lot of attention to their rice dishes, known as risotto. Risotto is a dish that Asian customers will enjoy, because it has rich flavors and tastes different from their own delectable dishes. The rice used to prepare risotto must be short, round and rich in high-starch (amylopectin), having the ability to absorb liquids and release starch and so they get stickier and more delicious than the long grain varieties. Italian rice dishes, cooked right, are crunchy. Risotto can be cooked in many ways. Typical … [Read more...] about Rice, Mamma Mia!
Coming to a Hue restaurant, diners will be startled with the name Com am phu (Hades' rice) on the menu, but then will crave it with its eye-catching presentation and flavor. The name sounds very strange due its underworld connotations making some diners afraid to touch it but it is a delicious unique culinary art of Hue. The dish is colorful with white rice, red fried shrimp and eggs, dark gold grilled pork, green cucumber and red and white pickled carrot and beet. It is served with fish sauce mixed with chili, garlic, lemon and sugar. … [Read more...] about Don’t be scared – enjoy Hades’ rice