A taste of Hanoi

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Vietnamese specialty chefs San Truong and Nhat Dinh from Sheraton Hanoi are featuring over 30 of their culture's dishes during Taste of Hanoi, a promotional event at the Westin Resort's Taste restaurant. (Photo from Westin Resort Guam)

Vietnam is known for its roaring motorbikes and steaming bowls of beef noodle soup. Two chefs from its capital have come to Guam to showcase the food of their homeland.

With over 20 years of combined experience under their belts, Vietnamese specialty chefs San Truong and Nhat Dinh from Sheraton Hanoi are featuring over 30 of their culture’s dishes during Taste of Hanoi, a promotional event at the Westin Resort’s Taste restaurant.

According to Sean Jung, Westin’s executive chef, diners can help themselves to a variety of dedicated food stations, with one of them being a pho station with broth that has been simmered for over 20 hours.

“We have two dessert items they can try. So we have a lot of action stations that’s going on. For the hot entrees, we have about 9, 10 different hot entrees, including the pho station. And for the appetizers, we have 10, 12 different items. They could also have our signature seafood on ice station when they do come here,” Chef Sean Jung, Executive Chef at the Westin Resort Guam.

Diners can treat themselves to, banh mi, a type of sandwich filled with pork and crunchy vegetables; bun cha, which consists of grilled pork over rice noodles; and both fresh and fried spring rolls. The event’s appetizers will be rotated every two days while its main entrees will stay consistent.

“Hanoi cooking is really famous for overall taste. It’s a balance of savory, sweet and sour. A lot of the herbs that they use…a lot of the lemon, the shallots, the fish sauce. Combining all of these ingredients to balance out everything in your palate. So when they come down here and they try all the dishes, they can see the different flavors…just bursting with flavor… all the dishes that we have prepared,” Jung said.

Patrons can have lunch at Taste of Hanoi all the way until Saturday, April 13. Along with a 10 percent service charge, the cost is $35 per adult and $17.50 per child ages 6 to 11.