ONE VENUE, 60-PLUS DISHES WHICH TAKE THE DINER ON A JOURNEY OF VIETNAM’S CUISINE
It is undeniable that street food and Vietnam are synonymous. Some of the most delicious, intriguing and simplest of foods are served at street-side establishments and many of these are now firm favorites on the sophisticated city restaurant scene.
In August 2018 Red Bean Nguyen Quang Bich launched its ambitious 60+ traditional street food buffet lunch showcasing the essence of many much loved and lesser known street food dishes from the north, center and south of Vietnam. The menu, split over starters, mains and desserts, tells the story of the nation’s cuisine influenced by climate, seasons, geography, traditions, culture and legends.
During the first 11 months of operation, nearly 5,000 diners have savored the freshly devised dishes, featuring northern savory favorites, spicier central fare and the south’s sweeter tooth. Each comes with a story behind its origins, the combined result being an intriguing menu painting a picture of Vietnam’s history and society through food. Varieties of fresh and fried rice crepes and rolls, noodles, BBQ meats and fish patties, sweet and savory young rice dishes, tangy broths and soups, delicious che desserts and sticky rice dishes take the diner on a journey from north to south and vice versa.
And, which you may ask from all these dishes is the favorite among our customers? It is Bò Sốt Vang (Vietnamese beef stew in wine sauce) – a long time Hanoi favorite and a great example of East meets West Fusion cuisine. It is a variation on European stew, introduced to Vietnam in the French colonial period. It was adapted to suit the Vietnamese palate with the addition of warm spices and seasoning such as cinnamon, star anise and cardamom.
We are delighted that still, after nearly one year, this unique and impressive lunchtime buffet continues to draw large numbers of highly appreciative guests.