There’s a rich cultural history and tradition deeply imbedded in Vietnamese cuisine and at The Chopsticks, we like to think that we’re carrying the torch, preserving ancient recipes with modern cooking methods. At our restaurant, we not only like to share the complex tastes of Vietnamese cuisine with as many people as possible, but through unique events like our cooking classes, we aim to continue the tradition.
Vietnamese cuisine is made up of many different components, starting with the development of flooded rice paddy fields in 1000BC, this unique food has been developed over time. The tastes, textures and ingredients all borrow from Chinese influences during their 1000-year occupation, with the introduction of noodles, right up to the early 20th century, where the colonization from the French influenced dishes like pho and banh mi.
At The Chopsticks, we recognize our past, and utilize recipes passed down generations from our ancestors. When you eat at our restaurant, you’ll be dining on the rich cultural heritage of our world-class chefs, who take pride in carrying Vietnamese cuisine into the 21st century. Like our ancestors, we’re always developing, making sure we combine traditional recipes with modern culinary techniques.
Our dedication to history can be found in the almost imperceptible details, which we take pride in maintaining. Take our location for example, once the home of Mr Tran Van Huong, a central figure of Vietnam’s history in the 20th century. Tran Van Huong, twice the mayor of Saigon, twice the Prime Minister from November 1964 to January 1965 and then May to August 1969, and at one point, the Vice President under Nguyen Van Thieu. Huong was the president for one brief week in April, 1975, before the surrender of the government to General Duong Van Minh, also known as Big Minh.
We’ve strived to maintain many of the original features of Tran Van Huong’s home, like the stunning wrought iron gates and windows, the grand garden entry and the sweeping staircase. The building is full of earthy timberwork, and the broad open windows allow for soft, natural light to pour in. With such a rich cultural history surrounding the building, we think that you can feel the presence of the ex-vice president’s many visitors within the restaurant.
We want to go beyond giving you a taste of Vietnam’s finest dishes though, at The Chopsticks, we want our culinary history to spread throughout the rest of the world. That’s why, when we offer cooking classes where we teach authentic techniques and promote shopping with locals at markets. We ensure that anyone attending a cooking class at The Chopsticks will leave carrying a piece of Vietnamese culinary history with them.