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. theanam.com