De­li­cious stops around the world for the in­trepid gourmet

The Anam beach re­sort—newly opened in Cam Ranh, Viet­nam— is the last word on ‘lo­cal flavour’. They have re­cruited a small army of six moth­ers of their staff to cook up some whole­some, homely dishes ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Sun­day evening at the re­sort’s In­do­chine Grill, as part of its Mama’s Cook­ing ini­tia­tive.

Us­ing their fam­i­lies’ gen­er­a­tions-old recipes, th­ese moth­ers cook at their live sta­tions and dish up the same kind of homely fare they would pre­pare for their own fam­ily: grilled beef in be­tel leaf, Hue-style beef noo­dle soup and crispy Viet­namese pan­cake, among other treats. What’s more, they don’t make con­ces­sions for for­eign palates. “Th­ese women didn’t train as cooks,” said The Anam’s founder and owner Pham Van Hien. “They didn’t go to culi­nary school, and carry no fancy ti­tles. But oh how they can cook. This is how we Viet­namese eat day to day, and we’re thrilled to share this very same taste with our guests. It doesn’t get any more au­then­tic than this.” Mama’s Cook­ing of­fers a unique coun­ter­point to the In­do­Chine Grill’s pri­mary fo­cus of Euro­pean grills and French cui­sine.

The Anam, which opened in April, is a colo­nial-in­spired lux­ury re­sort with three restau­rants, and 300 me­tres of glo­ri­ous beach frontage. Si­t­u­ated in north­ern Cam Ranh Penin­sula, it is about an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City.

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