Culinary Crossroads: Thailand Meets Vietnam in a Culinary Spectacle at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai partners with Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai to showcase Thai and Vietnamese culinary favourites

April 30, 2024,
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tracing the Mekong trail that offers a bounty of tropical goodness along its banks, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai brings the very best of the culinary traditions of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in a special “Four Hands” menu at Khao by Four Seasons. “Both Thailand and Vietnam are known for their unique and flavourful cuisine, characterised by a focus on fresh ingredients, complex flavours, and vibrant colours,” shares Sous Chef Naruchit Taingtrong, who leads the culinary team at the Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant in Chiang Mai. “This collaboration not only takes our guests on a memorable culinary journey but also fosters a unique exchange of culinary techniques between our chefs, creating dishes that highlight both the similarities and distinctiveness of Thai and Vietnamese cooking,” smiles Nguyễn Yên, Sous Chef at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam.

Culinary Mastery: A Thai Vietnamese Fusion

At this chefs’ table, a four-hand dinner will showcase signature comfort dishes from both cuisines combining the sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavours that are typical of Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Besides a new take on classic dishes, the chefs will showcase their own creative dishes that combine ingredients and techniques from both cultures. “Food is a powerful narrative tool to tell a story,” feels Yên. “Guests can learn about the history, ingredients, and cooking techniques with this menu, giving them a deeper understanding of the cultural and culinary traditions of both countries,” adds Taingtrong. At this celebrated dining experience, guests can expect to relish grilled beef with five spice sauce, fresh prawn summer roll, char-grilled eggplant with spring onion and soya sauce, longan and lotus sweet soup. “Each dish narrates a part of the region’s heritage, inviting diners to deeply engage with the flavours and stories of the destinations,” says Yên.

Culinary Contrast: Thai Versus Vietnamese Flavours at Four Seasons

While Thai cuisine is renowned for striking bold and aromatic flavours, it is the delicate balance between sweet, sour, salty, and spicy elements that stands it apart from other culinary traditions. “I use a variety of fresh herbs and spices such as lemongrass, galangal, makrut lime leaves, and Thai basil to create complex and vibrant dishes,” shares Taingtrong. “Ingredients such as coconut milk, fish sauce, and shrimp paste are commonly used to add depth and richness to Thai cuisine.” On the other hand, Vietnamese cuisine is characterised by its fresh and light flavours, with an emphasis on the natural essence of ingredients. “While we use a wide array of fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits to create dishes that are both nutritious and flavourful like Thai cuisine, our key ingredients include rice noodles, fish sauce, lime, and herbs such as cilantro, mint, and Vietnamese basil,” explains Yen. Although the cuisines share cooking techniques such as steaming, Thai cuisine is known for stir-frying and grilling, while Vietnamese delicacies are boiled or braised to highlight the freshness and simplicity. “Together, we will create a culinary masterpiece that transcends borders and speaks to the soul,” the chefs echo.

Interactive Culinary Experiences Amid the Paddies

The paddy fields underscore the atmospheric experience at this dining experience, while the Resort puts together special events, themed dinners, and culinary demonstrations that showcase the best of Thai and Vietnamese culture. “A memorable dining experience comprises not just a well-thought-out menu, but also a celebration of culture and traditions,” alludes Anthony Tschudin, Chiang Mai’s Resort Manager. At this culinary showcase, guests can enjoy a live interaction with both chefs, especially during the cooking demonstrations.  

Culinary Connections Across Asia

“At Four Seasons Resorts of Asia, culinary culture connects every destination,” notes Anthony Tschudin. “From street food delights to gourmet dining experiences, our chefs collaborate to celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Asia, embracing both its diversity and commonalities.” By integrating chefs from various resorts, Four Seasons showcases its dedication to a vibrant gastronomic tradition that spans from Thailand to Vietnam, enriching every guest’s palate with a tapestry of flavours.

Meet the Master Chefs Behind This Thai-Vietnamese Culinary Exchange

Naruchit Taingtrong: “I found myself spending countless hours in my family's kitchen, learning from my elders and experimenting with new flavours and ingredients. With each dish I created, I discovered a profound sense of joy and fulfilment—a feeling that I was meant to be in the kitchen, sharing my love of food with others. For me, being a chef is more than just a profession; it is a calling, an opportunity to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and richness of Thai cuisine. It is a chance to marry my love for food, my respect for tradition, and my endless creativity into every single dish. With each culinary masterpiece, my aim is not just to serve guests with the flavours of Thailand, but also to inspire each bite with the warmth of Thai people and the essence of our innate culture.”

Nguyễn Yên: “I always found myself drawn to the vibrant markets, where the air was alive with the sights and sounds of vendors peddling their wares - fresh herbs, exotic spices, and the freshest of produce. It was here that I discovered the true heart and soul of Vietnamese cuisine, rooted in a rich tapestry of history, culture, and tradition. But it wasn't just the flavours of Vietnam that inspired me; it was the people. I was captivated by the stories of the farmers who toiled in the fields, the fishermen who braved the seas, and the street vendors who poured their hearts into every dish they served. Their passion and dedication were palpable, and it left an indelible mark on me.”

Exquisite Culinary Events Await You at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey at Khao by Four Seasons on May 25, 2024, where the Four Hands Set Dinner showcases the finest Thai and Vietnamese flavours for THB 3,500++ per person from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, perfectly paired with Thai wines. Crafted by two renowned chefs using the freshest local ingredients and sustainable practices, this dining experience promises an exquisite culinary adventure.

On May 26, 2024, enrich the evening with the Four Hands Buffet Dinner at Rim Tai Kitchen, available for THB 2,900++ per person from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Additionally, immerse in the essence of Vietnam with Vietnam Delights, an à la carte menu meticulously crafted by Chef Nguyễn Yên, available from May 25 to 30, 2024, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm at Khao by Four Seasons.

For reservations, reach out at 053 298 181, email, or connect via the FS Chat App.

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