Gerard Doherty, president of Shared Tables, said the reason for the annual tour to Vietnam this time was that Vietnamese food utilized a diverse range of herbs and its traditional cooking was greatly admired for the freshness of the ingredients along with the fragrant healthy eating style.
Coming to Vietnam with food discovery on their minds, Shared Tables chefs are exploring delicacies at typical restaurants and hotels in Hanoi, Halong and Ho Chi Minh City during their extended tour which started last week.
The Shared Tables chefs on Monday arrived at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon to rest and stay, during their culinary journey in Ho Chi Minh City to La Villa, Cuc Gach Quan, Square One, Xu and onboard the Bonsai River Cruise. The farewell dinner will be at Yu Chu – a contemporary Chinese restaurant of the InterContinental Asiana Saigon.
In addition to dining venues, the guests will be visiting the Ho Chi Minh City landmarks of Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum before their day trip to the Mekong Delta.
Like in Ho Chi Minh City, most of the Shared Tables chefs’ favorite destinations in Hanoi were restaurants and markets, including dining at Wild Lotus, Wild Rice and Green Mango along with dinner at Bobby Chinn’s, whose food has been described as ‘the best Californian cuisine outside California’.
Vietnamese chefs of the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi accompanied Shared Tables members on a cyclo tour to a traditional market for the guests to learn about traditional Vietnamese ingredients and cuisine before a masterclass and lunch.
The guests toured the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Old Quarter Market before departing to Halong Bay to board the Emeraude Classic Cruise for an excursion around the UNESCO World Heritage listed bay and an overnight stay.
Source: The Saigon times