A French gastro-vaganza

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The French left Vietnam, but left their food behind. Though French culinary traditions have survived in the country, it is hard to find authentic French cuisine here.

But don't buy your tickets  to Paris just yet, for the Caravelle Hotel is bringing genuine French food to Ho Chi Minh City.

Named after a famous tree-lined restaurant street in Paris, the Champs Elysees food fest will be held June 9-17 at Reflections Restaurant in the five-star hotel.

On the menu are traditional French food like foie gras, bouillabaisse, coq au vin, delectable desserts and specialty French wines.

The French are master bakers. Among the many French additions to Vietnamese cuisine is the ubiquitous banh mi, or baguette, a cornerstone of meals across Vietnam buttered for a quick snack and stuffed with pickled vegetables, meats and paté for lunch-on-the-go.

The food fest will see trained chefs baking traditional French breads and desserts such as fruit pastry, profiterole, cream puff, chocolate cake and breads. French crepes made of wheat flour, milk, egg and butter will also be served during the fest. Crepes can be made sweet or savory depending on customers' orders.

Each meal is complemented with French wine selected by chefs at Reflections Restaurant.

Reflections Restaurant

3rd floor, 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3 823 4999
Website: www.caravellehotel.com

Parisian cafés are famous for their coffee, another strong tradition Vietnam shares with France. In Vietnam, coffee is served with slow-drip "French presses." Reflections Restaurant will serve fresh coffee with dessert to complete the French experience.

Customers can choose from two options the set menu and a la carte menu. The set menu, priced at VND980,000++ per person, will include traditional dishes, assorted desserts, tea, coffee and chocolate.

The a la carte menu offers a wider range of options such as coq au vin (French braised chicken cooked in wine, lardoons, mushrooms and garlic), or ragout of potato-crusted red mullets on ratatouille. Dishes on the a la carte menu cost VND118,000++.

All prices are subject to 5 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT.

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