Heiress to Vietnamese tycoon explores Japanese food

By Ha Nguyen    February 19, 2024 | 06:13 pm PT
Tien Nguyen, fashionista and daughter of luxury retailer tycoon Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, spent most of her time enjoying ramen, sushi, cakes and matcha ice cream during a recent trip to Japan.
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After celebrating Tet with her family in HCMC, Tien Nguyen started her spring trip in Japan’s Tokyo with friends.

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She said she eats up to 4-5 meals a day with a variety of specialties from main meals to snacks, from Japanese food to European-style food. 'Leaving Japan soba happy, soba full', she wrote on her Instagram page with 255,000 followers.

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She is especially passionate about Japanese noodle dishes, including ramen and soba.
Soba noodles are a traditional dish made from buckwheat, which can be eaten cold or hot with broth.
Ramen noodles are made from wheat flour, served with meat or fish broth, soy sauce or miso, and eaten with a variety of toppings such as thinly sliced pork, soft-boiled eggs, green onions, seaweed, and sour bamboo shoots.

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She is also a fan of sushi and sashimi. In Tokyo, she visited the high-end restaurant Masa Ishibashi in the Ginza area.

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The restaurant serves an omakase menu. Each meal serves six special dishes and 15 types of sushi. Some typical dishes of the restaurant include abalone, gray shrimp topped with egg yolk and caviar, nodoguro red snapper served with herbs, akami fish, and kinmedai fish.

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The restaurant chooses special ingredients, including premium tuna, which can only be found at Japan's most famous Tsukiji fish market. The restaurant is a 5-minute walk from JR Tokyo Metro Shinbashi Station, open for dinner only, with prices costing an average of 46,000 yen (US$306) per person.

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In addition to the food tour, Tien also visited famous tourist destinations in Tokyo such as Shibuya intersection, Ginza district and teamLab exhibition.
Open to visitors since 2018, teamLab is the world's first digital art museum in Tokyo.
Tien, officially known as Nguyen Jacqueline Tien Thao Hong, is the ambassador of many famous fashion brands. The vice president of Luxury Fashion Development at DAFC was honored "Influencer of the Year" at Harper's Bazaar Star Awards in 2022 for her impact in the fashion industry.

Photos courtesy of Tien Nguyen's Instagram

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