AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 30 – DONG KHOI STREET, HCMC, VIETNAM.


Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, the street was the centre of glamour and was called Rue Catinat. Originally, the street was a royal road leading from the river wharf to the main Southern gate of the 1790 Gia Dinh Citadel. After the arrival of the French it was named rue Catinat and transformed into the most up-market street in the colonial city, home to chic cafes and restaurants and known as “The Canebiere of South East Asia”. – Tim Doling – Historic Vietnam.

DONG KHOI AS SEEN IN 2015 LOOKING FROM THE CHURCH FRONT DOOR – BY Richie Fawcett


It became Tu Du ( Freedom street) after 1956. In 1975, the name changed again to Dong Khoi, which means general insurrection. Now Dong Khoi street is the heart of the city’s commercial life. It is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street. 

DONG KHOI CAN BE SEEN ON THE RIGHT OF THE PICTURE LEADING DOWN FROM THE BASILICA DE NOTRE DAME – AS DRAWN IN 2015 BY Richie Fawcett


STREET NAME HISTORY 

FAMILIAR SIGHTS ON THE “RUE CATINAT, SAIGON” IN THE 1930’S HEYDAY…AKA MODERN DAY DONG KHOI, HCMC


Dong Khoi, duong (Q.1) – Before 1955: Rue No 16, Rue Catinat, 1955 – 1975: duong Tu Do.


DONG KHOI COCKTAIL 

THE DONG KHOI COCKTAIL IS PRESENTED WITH EDIBLE SILK WORMS AS GARNISH


Now home to many art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants, the inspiration for the cocktail that represents Dong Khoi street is thake from the artists that display their work in the galleries along the streets length.  A colorful champagne cocktail of redand yellow representing the total revolution as the name Dong Khoi means. With a toasted silk work garnish to represent the silk boutiques and royal road that it once was…the chances are you will havea minor culinary revolution if you dare to eat the worms! 

BUILDING TECHNIQUE IS NEEDED FOR THE DONG KHOI COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS 


50ml Raspberry Vodka20ml Cassis 25ml Raspberry Puree15ml Lime Juice Top Up Sparkling Wine

BUILD THE DONG KHOI COCKTAIL


METHOD 


Build all ingredients in a jam jar with small ice. Stir 3 times. Add a small paint brush, stirrer, straw and garnish with dried toasted silk worm on satay stick. 
Serve on an artists’ palette wit a minaiture Dong Khoi poster on a miniature easel.

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