My name is Hoang Duong, my food journey started when I was a young boy living in the village. My Vietnamese food passion was ingrained when I was a child and watched my father preparing my family meals. My father was a master in the kitchen and he instilled in me the importance of using fresh ingredients when cooking the family meals.
As I traveled down the road to where I am now, I kept building knowledge and authentic cuisine recipes learnt from my father previously. I had a belief that whilst freshness of ingredients was a core key, another key to deliver dishes with full of flavor was to use only the best local produce. My influence makes the seasonality of produce the most important aspect of the menu here at Duong’s Restaurant, this is the reason why the menu often continues to evolve in line with the availability of produce.
My passion, hard-working and ability to be a good chef were showcased on both Top Chef Vietnam and Ironchef Vietnam competitions. I was one of 16 chefs to be invited to Top Chef Vietnam in 2014 where I finished at the 4th position. My showcase at Top Chef helps me to being sought out as a mentor for younger Vietnamese chefs. I also travel around Vietnam to provide advices to many Vietnamese restaurants and chefs, both young and old. This is one of the aspects that I like most when I am working as a mentor. Because I can help others and to enhance the flavours and variety in Vietnamese food.
I am proud to launch Duong’s Restaurant as my first solo venture and the first leg of my journey and vision. The 1st one is in Hanoi – Duong’s Restaurant in Ngo Huyen street then the one in Ma May street marked as my 2nd Duong’s Restaurant. Lately, the Duong’s Restaurant Saigon is proudly opening, this is 3rd Duong’s restaurant. I am honoured to share this journey with my family, friends and most importantly, with you – our beloved customers. I hope you will enjoy the journey that I am going to take you on where I’ll beautifully present you a mix of traditional Vietnamese dishes with Vietnamese / French fusion dishes.