Rules of Thirst

There’s a man at your wedding table with a slightly manic look on his face. His eyes are fixed on the plate and upturned bowl contraption that he’s shaking in a frenetic ellipse before the fixed, lusty gazes of everyone else at the table. Something is knocking about inside.

Dining with Stars

The nation’s hospitality industry not only stood up and took notice, but was stunned into silence when InterContinental Danang announced at the end of last year it had snapped up Michelin Star chef Michel Roux OBE to front their flagship restaurant La Maison 1888.

Yamaneko

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Tucked away in an alley off Le Thanh Ton, the funky Yamaneko offers delicious, unpretentious Okinawan fare alongside mainland staples, including dishes such as buta no syoga yaki tesuko (grilled pork marinated in ginger sauce) and rafute soba tesoku (Okinawa soba noodle with soft stewed pork). Standard Japanese fare is also on hand if you don’t want to dive into something a little different. Does a great set lunch deal.

Banh Chung

The Tet holiday, and the story of how Austin Nguyen gets so fat in a week. Photos by Francis

The Salsa man

In a small corner of Tan Binh, Derek Milroy discovers a 40-year-old man pondering a real dilemma with his Mexican-American upbringing that revolves around homegrown chillis and the production of salsa. Photo by Mads Monsen

Latte Safari

Persuaded to do a taste test in one, caffeine-induced sitting, Julian Ajello tried 10 lattes in the space of a few hours to work out which café serves Saigon’s best latte. Photos by Charles Barnes

Found in one of District 7’s busiest roads is Kebab Sai Thanh (76 Lam Van Ben). KST’s menu is short and sweet focusing on chicken kebabs with rice or pita bread, and tasty crepes. Price for the kebab starts at an affordable VND14,000 while crepes come at VND5,000.

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