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Hanoi's chef to the stars shares secrets for preparing delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisine

The late Anthony Bourdain once described chef Anh Tuyet's roasted honey chicken as the best he'd ever had. The Vietnamese chef, who specialises in traditional Hanoi cuisine, has also cooked for world leaders including former US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. One of the few chefs who still serves up traditional Hanoi cuisine, Tuyet has been recognised as a culinary ambassador in Vietnam. She shared some of her culinary secrets with the South China Morning Post.

The late Anthony Bourdain once described chef Anh Tuyet's roasted honey chicken as the best he'd ever had. The Vietnamese chef, who specialises in traditional Hanoi cuisine, has also cooked for world leaders including former US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. One of the few chefs who still serves up traditional Hanoi cuisine, Tuyet has been recognised as a culinary ambassador in Vietnam. She shared some of her culinary secrets with the South China Morning Post.

7 May 2020 - 6:28PM
For Thailand’s female land rights defenders, activism is a dangerous and daunting necessity

As more women join the fight, rights groups say more than 200 women have been subjected to judicial harassment, while two have been murdered.

As more women join the fight, rights groups say more than 200 women have been subjected to judicial harassment, while two have been murdered.

2 Feb 2020 - 12:03PM
Owner of top pho restaurant in Hanoi share his secret to success

Pho is perhaps Vietnam’s most famous dish. Rice noodles served in a light but tasty broth, topped with beef or chicken and fresh herbs seems simple, but getting that right balance of flavours requires skill and precision. Nguyen Trong Thin is the owner of Pho Thin, one of Hanoi’s most renowned pho restaurants, which has been serving customers for nearly 40 years. He says the secret to his success is not only about the ingredients you use.

Pho is perhaps Vietnam’s most famous dish. Rice noodles served in a light but tasty broth, topped with beef or chicken and fresh herbs seems simple, but getting that right balance of flavours requires skill and precision. Nguyen Trong Thin is the owner of Pho Thin, one of Hanoi’s most renowned pho restaurants, which has been serving customers for nearly 40 years. He says the secret to his success is not only about the ingredients you use.

1 May 2019 - 3:36PM
How greedy brokers force thousands of Vietnamese workers to seek illegal work in Taiwan

Thousands of Vietnamese migrant workers are being lured to Taiwan by unscrupulous brokers peddling false promises of high wages and good living conditions. Many go missing, preferring a life in the shadows to one in bondage

Thousands of Vietnamese migrant workers are being lured to Taiwan by unscrupulous brokers peddling false promises of high wages and good living conditions. Many go missing, preferring a life in the shadows to one in bondage

7 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM
How Myra Tran’s voice carried from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to American Idol

The Vietnamese 19-year-old’s audition brought judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to their feet, but the young singer is no stranger to the pressures of talent competitions

The Vietnamese 19-year-old’s audition brought judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to their feet, but the young singer is no stranger to the pressures of talent competitions

11 Mar 2019 - 2:31PM
Who says there’s no agreement in Hanoi? Trump and Kim made little progress at the summit, but locals are delighted

The summit between the US and North Korean leaders ended in disarray, but locals agree they want the tidy streets and new-found sense of order to stay – and that the events of the past week will live long in their memories.

The summit between the US and North Korean leaders ended in disarray, but locals agree they want the tidy streets and new-found sense of order to stay – and that the events of the past week will live long in their memories.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:08AM
What Vietnamese people think their country can teach Kim Jong-un

Vietnam has enjoyed steady economic growth in the 30 years since its communist government embraced market reforms. It is now one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Here’s what Vietnamese people think North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can learn from their experience.

Vietnam has enjoyed steady economic growth in the 30 years since its communist government embraced market reforms. It is now one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Here’s what Vietnamese people think North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can learn from their experience.

1 Mar 2019 - 5:46PM
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Hanoi puts its best food forward for culinary diplomacy

Journalists from around the world are in the Vietnamese capital to watch the US and North Korean leaders break bread and tackle denuclearisation, as the city serves up culinary specials to highlight its tourism potential.

Journalists from around the world are in the Vietnamese capital to watch the US and North Korean leaders break bread and tackle denuclearisation, as the city serves up culinary specials to highlight its tourism potential.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:17PM
Can North Korea copy Vietnam’s economic miracle?

Hanoi’s economic and political reforms, or doi moi, are behind one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But there is much to do before Pyongyang can follow suit – including getting Kim Jong-un to relax his iron hold on power

Hanoi’s economic and political reforms, or doi moi, are behind one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But there is much to do before Pyongyang can follow suit – including getting Kim Jong-un to relax his iron hold on power

27 Feb 2019 - 11:36AM