With their passion for introducing oriental cuisine, as well as local specialties, to the world, The Au Co Cruises team was excited to have the opportunity to accompany Chef Martin Yan on his journey to discover the taste of Halong Bay.
The celebrated host of over 3,000 cooking shows broadcast world-wide, Martin Yan enjoys distinction as a certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor and a prolific author. For the first time he has produced a reality TV cooking show based in Vietnam. The show, named “Taste of Vietnam”, covers outstanding cultural heritages in three distinct regions of Vietnam. Both domestic and international audiences, from more than 25 countries, can enjoy this interesting TV cooking show via a cuisine and food channels such as the Asian Food Channel and Public Broadcasting Service in North America. The programme presents a great opportunity to promote tourism in Vietnam through showcasing both its stunning destinations and its intriguing oriental cuisine philosophy.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was chosen as his first destination. Recognized as the longest established cruise operator in the Bay, The Au Co Cruises took Chef Yan to less frequented locations to explore the unique food and cuisine of the area. Head Chef of The Au Co Cruises showed Chef Yan how the local fishermen raise fish and seafood in floating rafts in VungVieng floating village. Cruising further into the heart of The Gulf of Tonkin, The Au Co also took him to the remote but beautiful Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island, famous for a special crab named “Cu Ky”.
Using locally available ingredients and equipment, Head Chef of the Au Co Cruises also introduced Chef Yan to unique Vietnamese cooking methods based on the concepts of Yin and Yang and the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The philosophy of Vietnamese cuisine is to attain health and nutrition through harmony and balance of ingredients. The Head Chef cooked “Spring Roll with Cu Ky” and “Seabass with Passion Fruit Sauce”, using “Cu Ky from Viet Hai village and seabass from VungVieng floating village and based on the concept of the five elements.
Chef Yan says: “I had a wonderful time and memorable journey onboard the magnificent The Au Co Cruises, discovering the specialties of Halong Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin. I enjoyed experiencing the food, which encompasses the five elements of life and good health. Being the host of “Martin Yan- Taste of Vietnam”, I am very eager to promote the amazing Halong Bay with its unique specialties to all my audiences. It’s one of the world’s must visit places.