So in my years of culinary work and travel I have developed a bit of a bitter skin. The hype out there nowadays can cause someone like me to retreat to the confines of my grill and wine fridge- never to go out and eat again simply because the media has just made EVERYTHING so damn AMAZING and PHENOMENAL…..exhausting. Anyway….last year I took Mrs Bitter Chef to Paris before I signed on with Hakkasan full time. We knocked off 10 *’s in a week ending at Ducasse’s rebrand of his Paris flagship. In a word, well, beyond words….I just did not think a high end restaurant experience could still move me to awe and disbelief. Thankfully, my bitter self sweetened and I had one of the best food experiences of my life. The langoustines and caviar is probably the best plate of food I’ve ever had, the rouget with liver sauce gave the finger to all the posers and the cauliflower studded with black truffles encased in brioche and carved table side…well you get the idea. Thank you Chef for keeping style and grace alive and well, albeit for a price!

So you enter the market, walk to the back right corner and seek this place out. The bowl of noodles is simple. Duck meat braised in master stock, rice noodles, a touch of chile and cori-ander. Add a cold beer or fresh young coconut and for 3$ you have entered a version of culi-nary heaven….simple, to the point, perfect….