Home for Thanksgiving at EON51

Oi speaks to the team behind EON51 to discover what they have planned for this holiday

Oi Vietnam -Nov 2017_Eon51_DSC2397_NT

Where did Chef Cuong Do get his inspiration for the Thanksgiving menu?
About 20 years ago, a young junior chef named Cuong Do was working at different kitchens in many hotels so he can learn about Western cuisine as well as how to operate a professional commercial kitchen. There weren’t many decent chefs in the restaurant scene back then, unlike today, where  Saigon is flooded with talented, experienced chefs. Cuong started working  with an American chef who also became his mentor. The gentleman was from the Southwest and he introduced Cuong to traditional dishes from Louisiana and Texas, and even Tex-Mex food. This was the first time Cuong encountered traditional American food. He remembers them quite well and put them— Louisiana Crab Cake and Tex-Mex Soup—on EON51’s Thanksgiving menu, as a tribute to his former mentor. You can see some very unique ingredients from the South (especially Louisiana) like Spicy Creole Tomato Sauce. Roasted  Scallop served with Green Risotto and Mushrooms is another home meal  inspired dish. This dish is evidence that America is a melting pot with all cultures blending into something new.

Oi Vietnam -Nov 2017_Eon51_scallop_DSC2451_NT

Let’s talk about the star of the event – the turkey – tell us more about where the turkey is sourced, how it’s being prepared and all the fixings with it.
Turkeys will be imported directly from the States. They will be roasted in the traditional way with herb stuffing. However, there is a twist, the thigh fillets will be taken out and marinated in a special (chef’s secret) way—an elegant twist on the traditional. Chef Cuong ensures us the menu will make “Americans feel like home again” and this “twist will excite diners.” The dessert is a mixed berry baked cheesecake – a moist and richly baked cheesecake, New-York style, topped with a mixed berry sauce.

Oi Vietnam -Nov 2017_Eon51_desert_DSC2457_NT

Thanksgiving brings memories of leaves turning hues of red and oranges outside, while inside an elaborate table is set up for a big family dinner. What  decorations are planned at EON51 to create the same festive atmosphere?
There will be a large pine tree imported from northern America. Along  with laurels, the centerpiece is a turkey made from pinecones, sunflowers and candles. In addition to this, there will be a display table with an entire roasted turkey with pumpkins, corn, wine, candles and flowers surrounding it.

Tell us about the collaboration between EON51 and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and how the two are working together to create this Thanksgiving celebration?
EON51 is proud to cooperate with the USDA to help spread America’s unique culture to the public. That’s why we offer a 50 percent discount for 2  dishes from the set: Louisiana Crab Cake & Oven Roasted Turkey as well as  American Wines.

Oi Vietnam -Nov 2017_Eon51_DSC2423_NT

Along with the spectacular panorama view of the city, what special musical entertainment do you have for that week?
EON51 Fine Dining will have two live violinists to set the ambience on 21st, 24th and 25th of November.

EON51’s Thanksgiving Set Menu, from November 21-26, (VND1,450, 000++) includes: Pan fried Louisiana Crab Cake (avocado tartar, sour cream and spicy creole tomato), Tex-Mex Beef Soup (pinto beans and  parmesan crispy), Roasted American Scallop (green risotto and mushrooms),  Roasted Turkey with Glazed Beetroot and Vegetables; and Mixed Berry Baked  Cheesecake.

 

EON51 is located at Level 51, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, D1. For  reservations, call 028 6291 8751.

Images by Ngoc Tran

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

LUXURY SUMMER ADVENTURE BY THE PARK

Exciting summer awaits as Park Hyatt Saigon’s first signature tours are here! SUMMER ESCAPE ON CRUISE Experience the charming Saigon river with our new Cruise package now offers a splendid collection of river cruise tours: Immerse in the classic Saigon on cruise like in the old days. Enjoy a relaxing trip on water and pass

Read More »

YES After Work – At Bandido

YES (Young Entrepreneurs Saigon) is the new community of professionals and entrepreneurs in Ho Chi Minh City! July 9th at 6:30PM YES is opening it’s door again at BANDIDO 24bis Dong Du, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC.   The idea is simple; create a community of people with an interest in business and building a

Read More »

Rediscover Vietnam’s most iconic destinations with IHG®

Enjoy up to 30% off at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang and Phu Quoc From now until 30 December 2020, IHG® hotels and resorts in Vietnam are offering up to 30% off their room rates at selected hotels in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Nha Trang

Read More »

Introducing Kundalini Yoga At Anantara Hoi An

New wellness programmes at Anantara Hoi An blend a fusion of Hatha Yoga, Reiki and Kundalini Yoga with specialist practitioner Io bringing her expertise to provide healing and well-being experiences. Whether you’re looking to rebalance energy, improve the flow of breath, build physical and mental strength, or simply rejuvenate, Io’s guidance offers the chance to

Read More »

FALL UNDER THE SPELL OF STEFAN LEYSHON Exclusively at Park Lounge!

For the first time in Vietnam, elevate your wine night with a touch of magic by the acclaimed French illusionist Stefan Leyshon. Becoming a performer at the age 11 and taking part in more than 300 television performances since then, Stefan is an incredible performer with a unique approach to the world of magic. From

Read More »

The Odys Boutique Hotel – Scent of Summer

This summer, The Odys Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to Saigon with meaningful gifts and exclusive offers. On the occasion of the International Environment Day, The Odys Boutique Hotel gives out a gift set of a bamboo straw and a cleaning stick to each visitors when checking into hotel. This is a small contribution from the

Read More »