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Saturday 25 May 2024

Food celebration in Vietnam pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain

The late chef and food commentator Anthony Bourdain have a love affair with Vietnam and its cuisine and a new food celebration in Danang is being held as a tribute to him.

The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a five-star property on Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula, is celebrating the life of Bourdain, with a month-long culinary fiesta.

To be staged at Citron, a sea-facing restaurant which soars 100 metres above the waves and showcases Vietnam’s distinct regional flavours, the festival will be called “Vietnam Street Food Celebration: A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain”.

Guests will be emerged in authentic local street food flavours.

Bourdain was a regular visitor to Vietnam and often spoke about his love of the country’s culture and cuisine, so the hotel says it decided to "honour this heartfelt connection" in the most appropriate way possible - through fantastic food.

Throughout June 2024, guests can savour a special set menu that showcases some of Anthony Bourdain's favourite Vietnamese dishes.

After starting with pork and prawn spring rolls and vibrant green papaya salad, diners can then discover the deep flavour and heady fragrances of beef phở, Vietnam’s iconic noodle soup.

A trio of main courses will then present diners with Vietnamese escargots with pork and lemongrass, a tribute to the French heritage that Anthony shared with Vietnam, along with classic pork bánh mì and bún chả, before a delectable dessert of pomelo sweet soup.

This menu has been created by chef Thu Doan, Citron’s executive sous chef, who has been at the hotel for over a dozen years.

The culinary festival will also offer guests the opportunity to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking through interactive classes, which also focus on Bourdain’s favourite recipes, while a barista-led coffee tasting session will shine a spotlight on Vietnam’s unique cà phê culture.

“Anthony Bourdain had a genuine affection for Vietnam and its people," says hotel GM Seif Hamdy.

"He was a regular visitor to the country and helped to put Vietnam’s cuisine on the international stage with his TV shows.

"We would like to pay tribute to this wonderful man in the best way possible - through our shared love of food."


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