They call it Shopping with the Chef, and it's one of the most memorable of our Seabourn Moments. Who better than Pascal de Portemont, executive chef on our Seabourn cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore, and our local expert, Mr. Anh, to share with us the highlights one of South-East Asia's most famous markets.
The Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is one of the earliest surviving structures and a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon, which is still the name of HCMC's District 1. A market has been located here in on the river since the early 1600's.
This is no tourist market, though any savvy traveler makes sure to visit. Locals buy and sell produce so fresh it glistens, and seafood so fresh it still squiggles live in the bucket. Artisan crafts, textiles, baked goods and streetfood are irresistible.
But our quest with the Seabourn chef is ingredients for a seafood dish fit for Seabourn; watch our adventures in the market and the dish we prepare with the chef on the top deck with the chef.