Two Vietnamese restaurants named among Asia’s 100 best
Two Vietnamese restaurants have made it to a ranking of Asia’s 100 best, one each in HCMC and Hanoi.
Anan Saigon on HCMC’s Ton That Dam Street in District 1 was 39th and Tung Dining on Quang Trung Street in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District was 98th in the ninth annual ranking published by William Reed Business Media, a British business magazine and digital media company.
Located inside an old market near Bitexco Financial Tower, Anan specializes in street food-inspired dishes created by Chef Peter Cuong Franklin.
The magazine said: “Peter Cuong is a Vietnamese-American chef who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and trained at world-famous restaurants including Caprice in Hong Kong, Alinea in Chicago and Nahm in Bangkok.
“A pioneer of modern Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, he is one of the most recognizable faces on the country’s growing gastronomic scene.”
“Caviar banh nhung,” a signature dish at Anan Saigon Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Anan Saigon.
The restaurant’s signature dish is “caviar banh nhung”, inspired by a traditional waffle cake often found in street food markets in Vietnam and a classic French tart.
Tung Dining, nestled in downtown Hanoi and close to popular tourist destinations such as St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Sword Lake, opened in 2018 and specializes in elaborate 18-course dinners prepared by chef Hoang Tung and his team.
The front door of Tung Dining restaurant in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Tung Dining.
The Chairman Restaurant in Hong Kong topped the list, followed by Odette in Singapore and Den in Japan.
The list is compiled by more than 300 food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and regional culinary experts.