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No one really appreciates the daily hazards a restaurateur faces day in day out. The diet, the second hand smoke, an open bar and the life style that comes with it. It can turn into a nightly party, which could be great for business, but its quite taxing on the body. When someone buys you a drink, you save money, when someone buys me a drink, I make money. There are the dangers of ‘drinking the profits away’ but these days as the restaurant loses money, I have gone from drinking my profits away to drinking my inventory! My new found logic is that during these tough times we need to get lean and trim down the fat by reducing inventory. If we go under, then at least I took as much of what was once mine before the creditor does!
Once again the Master Chef from Vietnam regales us with his wit and expertise in all things Asian. Nha Tho Street is now known as Church Street for the miniature replica Notre Dame Cathedral that stands at the end of the road. The street has become a tourist destination filled with some of Hanoi’s finest boutiques and restaurants while dictating some of the highest rents in the city. This wide tree lined street used to be a quiet residential neighbourhood back in 1996 even though it was in the heart of the city just off Hoan Kiem Lake. Moca Café, situated on Church Street, was one of a kind that brought much attention to this area, transforming it into what it is today.
Editor – I met Bobby when he convulsed into spasms and shades of Lenny Bruce while demonstrating how he prepared Wagyu beef steaks and his signature dish, crab cakes, at a hotel in Bali. His captivating cuisine and equally enchanting true stories of his ongoing sojourn through the Asian Diaspora makes him a culinary magician. As an exotic treat we bring you, by special permission of Bobby Chinn and his publishers, a chapter from his bestselling book–Wild, Wild East, Recipes & Stories from Vietnam.
Bobby Chinn Cooks Asia
Bobby Chinn is half Chinese, half Egyptian, raised in England, lived in San Francisco and New York and now based in Hanoi. He is one of the most respected chefs in Asia. Coming from a family of great cooks, Bobby has always been passionate about food and he was taken under the wings of various cutting edge San Francisco chefs – Hubert Keller, Gary Danko and Traci des Jardine – where he learnt his trade. His series on Asia is being filmed for Discovery. He has also appeared in the UK on BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen and Full On Food. A must read is his best selling book Wild, Wild East, Recipes & Stories from Vietnam published. http://www.bobbychinn.com