$100 banh mi with truffle is served at Anan Saigon Restaurant in downtown HCMC. Photo courtesy of Anan SaigonAnan Saigon in HCMC’s District 1 has been voted Asia’s best restaurant for the first time by industry experts and globetrotters and conferred the World Culinary Award.
Located inside an old market on Ton That Dam Street near Bitexco Financial Tower, Anan specializes in street food-inspired dishes created by its owner and chef, Peter Cuong Franklin.
Franklin is also famous for inventing the $100 banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) that is topped off with French foie gras, truffle, a traditional garnish of sliced cucumbers, cilantro and mint and served with a side of fried sweet potatoes and caviar.
The banh mi that costs $100 at Anan Saigon. Video by VnExpress
Other dishes that have helped the restaurant gain a reputation among international foodies are banh xeo taco, a dish consisting of a central Vietnamese region-style banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) folded into the shape of a Mexican taco and filled with shrimp and pork, Hanoi-style grilled catfish or beef stew.
Born in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat, Franklin migrated to the U.S. in 1975 and had a career in banking before deciding to follow his passion for food.
In 2021 his restaurant was named among Asia’s 100 best by William Reed Business Media, a U.K. business magazine and digital media company.
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