Holy Smokes!

There’s never been a better time to eat barbecue Whenever I hear someone remark that America has no real cuisine, I simply reply, “American barbecue.” Rooted in the South, barbecue applies heat indirectly by smoking. Wrapped in foil, various cuts of meat that would otherwise tend to be tough spend hours in a smoker where they … Read more

Chinese Delights

Classic Cantonese food When entering Shang Palace (17 Ly Tu Truong, D1), the first impression is one of elegance. The dining area is formal, but lovely. While the restaurant is widely known for its dim sum, we visited to try some of their classic Cantonese dishes. Shang Palace’s executive chef, Kim An, hails from Malaysia and … Read more

Bonjour, Come in!

Hearty French fare in an alfresco setting in District 2… Tucked away on a side street off Thao Dien in District 2 lies a French restaurant named Le Bacoulos (13 Tong Huu Dinh, D2). Don’t bother to run it through Google translate, for the word itself has no meaning, invented by the owner. To get … Read more

Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum

Dinner theater comes to HCMC. A collective groan can be heard across Saigon on any given evening. “There’s nothing to do,” so the familiar complaint goes. More to the point, there’s nothing new to do in our city. We’re all quite familiar with the different areas expats and locals flock to for nightly entertainment. Drinking, … Read more

Giving Thanks

Before you grab that turkey leg, learn how the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together Well after autumn settles in across the US, Americans of almost all stripes anticipate the Thanksgiving holiday with joy. Families and friends come together, food is prepared in gluttonous amounts, and football – the American version – is watched and played with extra … Read more

Not Just for Sundays

Eat to your heart’s content at Market 39 (InterContinental Asiana Saigon) There’s something magical about the phrase ‘all-you-can-eat buffet’. Even the most sedate individuals display the sort of exuberance reserved for the proverbial kid in a candy store. I light up with joy at the prospect of piling my favorite foods on a plate as … Read more

Eating VIETNAM

We are what we eat – literally. As we consume food, it becomes a part of us, sculpting away at the physical shape of our bodies. But food also binds us to others. Food takes us back in time, linking us to the recipes and rituals of previous generations. Food ties us to our family, … Read more