Hunter of Vietnamese delicacies

In the Vietnamese cuisine circle, Chiem Thanh Long, Director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, is known as the hunter of Vietnamese delicacies.



Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Chiem Thanh Long, Director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village (September, 2012).

Over the years, he has made great efforts to collect over 500 delicious traditional dishes and 50 kinds of liguor to promote and introduce the culinary art of the Vietnamese to the world.

Chiem Thanh Long inherited the passion love for cooking from his mother who was an expert in making delicious dishes on special occasions. Because she was a vegetarian, she often asked Long to taste the dishes each time she cooked. At that time, Long felt very excited with the task.

However, only when he worked at Binh Quoi Tourist Village and participated in preparing a buffet entitled “Am thuc khan hoang Nam bo” with traditional dishes in 1998 to celebrate the 300th founding anniversary of Sai Gon (present-day Ho Chi Minh City), did he start engaging in a food career.

To formulate the idea of making the buffet, he, the chefs and cuisine experts of Binh Quoi travelled to every corner of the country to collect delicious recipes. They even visited food stalls in localities and met locals to learn the secrets of making their special food.

They then returned to the tourist area to cook the dishes as they were originally prepared. If he failed, he returned to the localities several times to manage to successfully create the dishes.

He also directly tasted all the dishes cooked by chefs to check the quality and flavors. All made the buffet successful, making a contribution to promoting the trademark of the tourist area.

Since then he has wholeheartedly researched traditional folk dishes. After a long trip to the south’s western region, he collected over 30 folk dishes of the region to add to his menu. So far, he has collected about 110 traditional dishes of the north, the central region and the south.

Besides cooking, he has also collected about 50 kinds of liguor made by famous liguor-making villages nationwide such as Van Village (Bac Giang Province), Bo Nam (Bac Can), San Lung (Lao Cai), Kim Son (Ninh Binh), Bau Da (Binh Dinh), Hong Dao (Quang Ninh) and Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands). At present, he is nursing the idea of looking for the most tasty liguor of Vietnamese people that may be recognized as the “National Wine”.

He said that finding unique products in business would create a difference so Binh Quoi has focused on Vietnamese cuisine. He added that Vietnamese traditional dishes have preserved typical tastes.

It depends on each region and locality where the dishes are processed with different spices. For instance, the mountainous area in the north and the Central Highlands are famous for grilled dishes, the south for delicate dishes with reasonable spices. The dishes of people in the central region are spicy and fussy in preparation. The south and the watery area is famous for grilled fish served with raw vegetables.

Having engaged in the food career over the years, he has had many memorable experiences. During the trip to promote Vietnamese cuisine in France in 2004, he felt very happy and proud when Vietnamese dishes totally satisfied the French.

In the coming years, he and a Vietnamese delegation will organize another programme to promote Vietnamese cuisine in this country.

Chiem Thanh Long is one of the persons who has great contribution to developing Binh Quoi Tourist Village. The village has now five member units with a total number of 760 cadres and employees. Although he is busy with managing the village as a director, he has still kept his passion of looking for Vietnamese traditional dishes.

Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

 Long works as a judge at a cooking competition.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Long and cooks of Binh Quoi Tourist Village in France.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Long and cooks discuss about dishes of different areas.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Long instructs a cook on making a new dish.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Making "Khot" Cake at Binh Quoi Tourist Village.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Decorating dishes at Binh Quoi Tourist Village.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Making "Xeo" Cake at Binh Quoi Tourist Village.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

A stall for traditional cakes of the South.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Binh Quoi spring-rolls.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Shrimp cakes.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Braised snails.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

"Khot" cakes.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

"Cay" cakes.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

Diverse dishes at the Southern buffet.

 Chiem Thanh Long, binh quoi, vietnamese cuisines

The space  of the Southern buffet.


Source: VNP

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