|Long lunch: Grilled tropical rock lobster from Nha Trang bay is one of the most ordered dishes at the Da Nang restaurant. — VNS Photos Hoai Nam
Gourmet restaurant in Vinpearl Luxury Resort Da Nang
Address: Truong Sa Street, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City
Price Range: VND200,000-1million
Comment: Delicious food, beautiful ocean and swimming pool view, luxurious interior decorations.
With Christmas just around the corner, the Vinpearl Luxury Resort restaurant is getting into the festive spirit by cooking up the best of Vietnamese cuisine including grilled lobster and sting ray. Hoai Nam
reports.It's the Christmas season and chef Khong Quoc Thuy is revving up preparations for foreign gastronomers at Vinpearl Luxury resort in Da Nang city.
The seaside restaurant, surrounded by five outdoor swimming pools and facing the beach of Non Nuoc, is an ideal rendezvous for food connoisseurs during the year-end holidays.
Thuy, a Hanoian chef, is offering a special appetizer at the resort's restaurant during the Christmas season: a plate of three dishes from the three regions – north, central and south – of Viet Nam.
The 40-year-old mixed up a salad of green banana flowers with chicken – a Hanoian classic. Fresh spring rolls with pork represented the Central region, and Southern tastes were represented by fried spring rolls.
"Hanoians enjoy the easy-to-make banana flower salad with chicken and tofu. The central region has been known for a long time as the home of spring rolls with pork. There they are eaten with mam nem (fermented anchovy dipping sauce), green chili and sliced green bananas," Thuy said, saying most Vietnamese people and even foreigners know spring rolls very well.
He said the dish will allow diners to sample three different flavours on one plate, without filling them too much for the rest of the meal.
Middle class gastronomers visiting the resort all order grilled lobster to experience the Hanoian chef's proficiency, which he has honed for 20 years.
The lobsters come from the tropical rocks of Nha Trang bay.
To prepare a dish for two, Thuy took a 600-gram lobster and split the shell into two parts.
He said the lobster must be soaked in a mixture of five spices (ginger, saffron, cinnamon, anise and cardamom) before cooking on a charcoal stove for 20 minutes.
The chef also cooked a pot of lotus seeds and woodear mushrooms to serve with the lobster.
"People can eat grilled lobster with steamed lotus seeds instead of rice, as the Vietnamese traditionally do," he said.
He suggested that a bottle of wine would make the meal a romantic night for two.
Grilled sting ray with wild betel leaves is another well-known dish from the central region.
"I'm sure that the grilled sting ray in Da Nang is the best in Viet Nam. It epitomizes the style of the central region. It takes only 20 minutes to put the dish on the table," the chef said.
People living in the coastal central region typically use charcoal to cook seafood.
Having mixed the sting ray with chili, salt and sesame, the chef wrapped the fish in layers of wild betel leaves to grill it.
Diners use chopsticks to pick up pieces of grilled sting ray and wrap them in rice paper with different vegetables.
"People in the central region enjoy the dish with many kinds of vegetables including mint leaves, coriander, chopped green banana, slices of carambola and pineapple," he said. "But the dish tastes best if you dip it in fermented fish sauce."
|Triple threat: A special appetizer features a plate of three dishes from three regions – north, central and south – of Viet Nam.
|Sting in the tale: Grilled ray on charcoal stove is a typical seafood of the coastal central city.
The restaurant also offers many desserts with coconut, including sweet soup with coconut milk, coconut ice cream and coconut cake.
Situated on Truong Sa Street, 10 minutes' drive from Da Nang, the restaurant is open from 6am to 10pm daily.
Tourists can spend their leisure time on the private beach or snorkelling in the sea.
Light refreshments can be found at the four bars and cafes.
Visitors spending their Christmas holiday at the resort can find many options including a Themed Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, all of which are conveniently located and easily accessible. Each dining space is created to be unique yet fit in with the luxury hotel's overall look.
"Enjoy the taste of food and the cool sea breeze at our chain of restaurants and bars. I'm sure that the accommodations and cooking style will make you feel absolutely comfortable and fill your dining experience with unending moments of excitement," the chef concluded. — VNS