Goethe-Institut HCMC to organize “The Blue Hour” culinary program

Goethe-Institut HCMC to organize “The Blue Hour” culinary program

The Saigon Times Daily

German food is served at “The Blue Hour” in Wellington. A similar event will be held by the Goethe-Institut HCMC at Thuong Nhat Bistro in District 2 on November 19 – PHOTO: COURTESY OF GOETHE-INSTITUT

HCMC – In cooperation with German master chef Mirko Trenkner and Vietnamese celebrity chef Steven Long, German cultural center Goethe-Institut in HCMC will take guests on a culinary journey called “The Blue Hour” on November 19.

The two culinary artists will form a symbiosis of the respective country’s cuisine and create a menu of German and Vietnamese specialties.

This is part of the “Wanderlust Küche – A Culinary Dialogue” project jointly implemented by the German Cultural Centers in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with the theme “Tables without Borders”.

In Germany, the term “Blue Hour” (Die Blaue Stunde) refers to the turn of the day into night, when the sun has just set and the darkness is already announced. It is the moment when sunset and moonrise merge and the sky shines in a rich blue of light and dark.

The blue hour stands for the unity of diversity, for a symbiotic coexistence of two opposites. For many, the blue hour means the closing time when work ends and free time begins. It is the time to meet friends or family, exchange ideas and eat together.

“The Blue Hour” in HCMC will begin at 7 p.m. at Thuong Nhat Bistro in District 2. The restaurant is run by Francis Van Hoi, who came to Germany in 1976, trained as a cook in Munich, and became a successful restaurateur.

Thirty years later, Hoi returned to Vietnam, where he founded a vocational school in the tourism sector in HCMC. He trains young people from poorer backgrounds into cooks and service personnel. His close connection to Germany is still reflected in the menu of the restaurant, which features both Vietnamese classics and some German delicacies.

Tickets are VND500,000 per person and available at the Goethe-Institut HCMC at 18, Street 1, Ward 4, District 3 and its office on the fourth floor of Deutsches Haus, 33 Le Duan Boulevard, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

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