We have Korean BBQ, Japanese BBQ, Thai Mookata and now Vietnamese BBQ in Singapore! Let’s check out what Dezmond has to share with us.
Pleasure to invite Amie of www.amiehu.com in this session!
You mentioned that you were working in Vietnam for about 3 months. Tell us about the Vietnamese BBQ which you first came across.
I was in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh on November 2014. I was there working on a project for client. It was an online advertising and marketing solution project. There are countless, I mean so many different BBQ Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. The tourist centric is where the high-class restaurants situated in the malls (E.g. Grill at District 1, 27th floor of AB Tower). Middle class restaurants target both tourists and their residences (E.g. Barbecue Garden Restaurant at District 1 or Lang Nuong Nam Bo which have different brunches around Ho Chi Minh) while for the general ones, you will only see mostly their residence dining there. And of course some of them such as BBQ Saigon Night at Bui Vien district 1 area and Oc Dao at district 1 are popular among the tourists too.
Any inspirations for your own improved version marinate compare to the original Vietnamese BBQ?
My inspiration and concept arrived from a mixture of both Lang Nuong Nam Bo and Oc Dao. Lang Nuong Nam Bo also serves the customers with the clay stove for BBQ as well. One of the dishes that I wanted to prepare and share with the customers here in Singapore is marinated goat udders which you probably cannot find in Singapore. The problem is that I couldn’t find any supplier supplying that.
I went to quite a few different BBQ restaurants around the busy Ho Chi Minh City during that time. Every restaurant has their own way of marinating their meats. It was really an interesting experience of dining and tasting different food there. Of course, I do not only eat BBQ food as there are lots of fantastic foods there in Vietnam as well!
Name one recommended BBQ place in Vietnam.
You can try this place called Oc Dao. They are well known for their BBQ shellfish such as big clams topped with peanuts, garlic, spring onions and cheese which is delicious. Other popular shellfish includes scallops and big hums (cockles). One of the dish items to recommend will be their stir-fried beef noodles which we are also serving in Lang Nuong Vietnam too.
Share with us the type of dipping sauces you have.
Currently we have 3 different dipping sauces:
- Green Lemon Chilli Sauce
The taste is sweet, minty and very mild spicy. It is more for seafood, but many customers like to dip the meat in them as well.
- Fermented Bean with Chilli Sauce
It is smoky, salty and spicy. Good for BBQ meat. Most Vietnam locals love them.
- Red Chilli Sauce
The spicy taste is good for hotpot meat as well as BBQ meat. Singaporean loves it.
We do have other sauces cater to different dishes (Fresh spring rolls, Fried Spring rolls and Pork chop rice) which includes for special requests. Even for salads, it has its own special sauce. Vietnamese local favourites, the pepper salt with lime juice are available too!
Let the time pass slowly. Mingle with your friends or family. Don’t just focus too much on hand phones rather than conversations. Most importantly enjoy the happy time together. That was some of the thoughts and feel in this homely Vietnamese street style ambience.
For a start, either go for hot Vietnamese drip coffee or the cold coffee which was pre-dripped for you. The sweetness of the coffee was just right. Thereafter you may want to chill yourself with some Vietnamese beers too!
BBQ or Steamboat
Besides the traditional charcoal way of barbecuing, the main focus will be the savoury marinated pork, chicken and seafood. They added fried shallot bits which make the overall dishes more fragrant.
Besides the platter, you can also choose to go with the skewers where the key difference lies with the prawns and squid that are stuffed with their seasoned ginger and lemongrass. You get additional choices of mutton and beef which are not in the platter too. All these are absolutely yummy!
On the other hand, enjoy their freshly prepared soup for the steamboat. I would suggest you to add all the pork and prawns into the soup to let it slimmer slowly over the charcoal. Fear not that the meat will harden due to prolong cooking, they were really tender. The soup gets sweeter as we cook and it doesn’t make us feel thirsty after having the soup. This is really suitable for those who likes something like and yet tasty.
Their caramel pudding with Vietnamese coffee / espresso is a must have to end your meal well. The sweetness and creaminess of the pudding are irresistible while the bitterness of the coffee balances out the sweetness note.
We would suggest you to have it immediately upon serve so that the ice will not dilute the coffee. On the other hand, I have also suggested them to make frozen coffee ice instead of using plain ice cubes.
All sorts of Vietnamese condiments, coffee and instant noodles for you to purchase back home!
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