This five-star Vietnamese retreat makes dinnertime a family affair.

Jul 3, 2019

They may have no Michelin stars, they might not rank on any best- restaurant lists, and, well, they’re not even trained as chefs, but the cooks who in infiltrate the kitchen twice weekly at The Anam Cam Ranh have something even more special to offer: a heaping portion of motherly love. Armed with their centuries-old Vietnamese recipes, three moms of members of The Anam’s full-time staff take over the cooking station at the resort’s Lang Viet restaurant every Wednesday and Friday for “Mama’s Cooking.”

Vietnamese menus made by mamas.

Take in the outdoor, tropical vibe as you watch the skilled matriarchs Nguyen Thi Phuong, Nguyen Thi Nhiem and Vo Thi Xuan Huu cook traditional bo nuong la lot (grilled beef in betel leaf), bun bo Hue and banh xeo. And with new two-bedroom spa villas adding a decadent draw to the Long Beach property, you’ll have no choice but to make yourself at home. theanam.com; Mama’s Cooking VND780,000 per person; two-bedroom spa villas from VND17,200,000 for up to four guests, including daily spa treatments. — E.B.

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