THE CHEF

My name is Huyen Maria and i am Vietnamese, born in Hue, Central of Vietnam.  I studied literature at the University of Hue and live now with my husband and children in Bali. I love Bali, love the culture, the waves, the oceans and the people of this island. Cooking has always been my passion. As I went to school our family, was very poor that we didn’t have a kitchen at home. I can remember a little girl spending hours in the garden, tried to build a simple kitchen from wood, leafs and clay, made food with fruits and plants. Just after marriage, my mom and my mother in law led me to the world of cooking.  Today, I am still a little girl playing in the kitchen; I love the original way of cooking but also likes to experience with different tastes and textures, tingeing from the Vietnamese culinary culture, combined with western cooking art to create my own personal recipes.

HUYEN-3

Quality is the key of success

With big luck i met 5 years ago with one of the greatest Chefs in Vietnam, Sakal Phoung, executive chef of Sofitel and also chairman of international chef association in Vietnam. In Vietnamese we always say “ Không Thầy đố mày làm nên –  You becomes nothing without a teacher “.  With Sakal’s support I had a chance to learn and  work in the high-end kitchen of Sofitel Hotel in Saigon. It was a perfect opportunity to learn the way of cooking and organizing a professional kitchen. After that Sakal saw my talent and passion, he encouraged me to start my own restaurants. “quality, quality and again quality is the key of success for restaurant”, said our master Sakal. I had many successful restaurants but one day i realized, my real happiness is cooking good meals, watching the people enjoy it. Today we stilll have 2 small and very good running restaurants in Saigon but i choose to live in Bali, just as a chef, and try to bring the best vietnamese street food culture to Legian-Bali.

Everyone can eat

So does our restaurant. Good food is not only nourishing but also comforting, loving, fun, pleasurable, stimulating and reasonable. I hope our restaurant will give you a flavor of the  Vietnamese foodstreet lifestyle, through the traditional cooking, which is an experience for all your senses.  The stories, the food, the photos, the furniture, all reflect the way our family live here in Bali, as a Saigoneer.