The Anam, a new luxury resort located on Vietnam’s Northern Cam Ranh Peninsula, a top beach destination just unveiled their new (and somewhat eccentric) culinary initiative to deliver the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine on their property. The new plan is called “Mama’s Cooking,” and it could not be more true to its name.
Twice a week, The Anam brings in a team of none other than the resort staff’s own mothers to serve up a feast of classic Vietnamese dishes for the resort’s guests, as if they were cooking for their own families. Dishes include grilled beef in betel leaf, Hue-style beef noodle soup and crispy Vietnamese pancakes, complimented by fresh salads and other treats.
The team of “Mamas” doing the cooking is comprised of Nguyen Thi Phuong, Ngyuen Thi Nhiem and Vo Thi Xuan Huu. They have no formal training as cooks, as The Anam’s founder and owner Pham Van Hien reminds guests. “They didn’t go to culinary school, and carry no fancy titles. But oh how they can cook," he said in a written release. The three mothers’ children are all employed full-time by the resort as front office shift leaders and in engineering administration.
The mothers will be plating up their fresh, home-cooked Vietnamese fare at cooking stations by the terrace of the resort’s all-day dining restaurant Indochine, right beside one of the resort’s three swimming pools and Long Beach’s white sands.
Mama’s Cooking compliments the resort’s daily Vietnamese fare; unlike the local cuisine provided by other Asian resorts, Mama’s Cooking makes no concessions to the foreign palate. The launch of Mama’s Cooking coincides with the opening of the resort’s Indochine Grill that specializes in European fine dining with a focus on classical French cuisine, alongside an expansive wine selection. Also at the Indochine, a pianist performs a selection of traditional pop and jazz tunes.
The 117-villa Anam resort celebrated its grand opening this past April, and has three restaurants, two bars, a 10 treatment-room spa, 3-D movie theater, water sports center, kids club, ballroom, conference facilities, gym, tennis court, yoga room and deck.