:: Fusion with a flair
Born in what was then Saigon, Tran Thanh Duc is now the chef and
proprietor of the Mango Rooms in Hoi An. Only a few hundred kilometres
separate the two towns, but Duc went the long way round – via Texas,
Brazil, Australia and Japan.
And this is actually very good news for the rest of us, because his food reflects his long journey. There are of course a great many fabulous places to eat in the historic old river port, but most offer only limited variations on the same basic dishes. So far, only Duc’s place serves
anything original and creative, a cuisine that could probably best be described as Vietnamese-Latin American-Japanese fusion.
The Mango Rooms is situated at the far end of increasingly modish ...