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When in Viet Nam, do as the Vietnamese do
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Photo courtesy of www.asiatraveltips.com
From WIRE REPORTS
André Bosia, who worked in
Q: How did you come to
A: I had always wanted to come to
When I arrived here and saw with my own eyes all these wonderful things, I wanted to discover more of the culinary art of
Q: At Metropole Ha Noi, what do you do to make Vietnamese food different from what is offered by restaurants in
A: With the help of Hai and Van, who are the Vietnamese chefs of Sofitel Metropole’s restaurants, we make some food with a combination of French and Vietnamese styles. For example, we make nem (spring roll), a popular Vietnamese food, with foie gras and green mango. Foie gras is very common in
Q: You come from a country famous for its gastronomical delights. What is it that makes you like Vietnamese food?
However, Vietnamese food is not easy to make, it takes long time to learn, a lot of practice.
Q: How attractive is Vietnamese food compared to that of other Asian countries like as
A: Indian food has many spices, especially powdered spices such as paprika, chili and cumin.
Q: Some countries are strengthening promotion of their traditional food to boost tourism. Should
A: Yes, you should. I think
As chefs, we can use Vietnamese products, introduce them to our colleagues and customers. They would ask me how to use it. I would tell them, and say there are a lot of good products in
It will be very good if Vietnamese food is promoted abroad. For example, the Vietnamese community in
Q: What is the most important quality that determines the success of a chef?
A: The most important thing is that you want to learn. There is no fixed recipe. Sometimes, you have to change ingredients to make food better. For example, each time you cook, you should put only 10 grams of herbs into the food, until the recipe is balanced. Thus, you need to practice a lot, and find something special to add to a dish. And to become a good chef, you need to have good taste. Aptitude is also very important.
Q: Is there any change you would like to see in
A: Hygiene is very important. The country should increase control over food hygiene, checking product quality more often. Many people get food poisoning although the situation has improved a lot over the past three years. One of my friends was sick for three days after eating bún (noodle) sold in the outside market. You need to follow hygiene regulations. All restaurant staff should undergo training in food hygiene.