Vietnamese bistros in Slovakia. What are they all about?

Vietnamese cuisine has also gained popularity in Paris, Berlin and Prague.

A Vietnamese bistro in BratislavaA Vietnamese bistro in Bratislava (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

“For me as a child, the strongest moments were when we travelled to Vietnam,” said Nam Van Nguyen who – together with his girlfriend – founded a Vietnamese restaurant in Martin. “There, I woke up to tremendous heat, and ran out of the house where my aunt was selling breakfast. People stopped there on their way to work, bought soup from her. Her broth, herbs – mint, coriander, lemon – could be smelt all over the place.”

He missed true Vietnamese meals, which were nowhere to be found in Slovakia, unless his father cooked. He decided to open a restaurant while still at college, as he did not see much potential in studying there.

They named the restaurant NhaBe, after the borough his father comes from, and where part of his family still lives.

Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese... what is really the origin?

In NhaBe, one of the new Vietnamese restaurants on the rise, meals are cooked according to traditional Vietnamese recipes.

With their menu, they want to become different than dozens of other places with indefinite, nondescript meal selections which people in Slovakia were used to in the past: before you even enter, you can smell strong odours from the kitchen. Above the counter, there is usually a huge signboard with names and photos of the meals on offer. Besides various combinations of noodles, you can also find Kung-pao and many fried dishes there. It is not unusual, though, to find gyros or roasted chicken on the menu; i.e. meals that have nothing to do with Vietnam.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Foreigners in Slovakia

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Railway station in Košice

Who’s the foreigner in this country now?

The virus has highlighted some differences between migrants and locals, but erased others.

19 h
Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

22. jan
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

22. jan
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan