On a recent sunny day, we stopped in at a popular Vietnamese restaurant to try out a few of its famous fish and chips.
While we had no idea what the dishes contained, we did get a glimpse of the ingredients.
The fish were made by an Asian chef in a local restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, and the chips were made in a factory in southern Vietnam.
The factory has a large and well-known fish-and-chip stand and has been a fixture of the Vietnamese food scene for decades.
Since the Vietnam War, however, the factory has been under pressure from local authorities to close, due to the rising cost of living.
Now, the local government is pushing to open a second factory to produce the chips, but the company behind the restaurant has decided against it, and a few other nearby restaurants have decided to stay closed.
“The factory is closed and we have no choice but to stay shut,” Nguyen said.
“We don’t know when this is going to happen, but it won’t be soon.
We need the chips.
We can’t afford to pay the workers to stay open.”
While we waited for our food to be made, a few customers in line tried out the new chip-making process.
“I like the flavor of this fish, it’s not too spicy, but not too salty,” said one customer.
“It’s like an oyster,” said another.
Nguyen and his team at Ho Chi Mhuong Foods were not the only Vietnamese food-makers trying to expand in Vietnam.
In recent years, local chefs have also started to experiment with producing food in Vietnamese factories.
But in Vietnam, where the market is dominated by local restaurants, it is difficult to find local producers, as they are often controlled by a handful of local governments.
Nguyen is hoping to change that.
His company, Vietnamese Restaurant & Food, is one of many trying to do just that.
Nguyen said that the new factory, located in Ho Sang Province, will employ 50 workers and will be open for 10 days a week, providing more food for Vietnam’s growing population of over one million people.
“This is not just a food factory,” Nguyen told VICE News.
“People want food that is authentic.
They want it from the farm to the market, and they want to eat at home.
It is not about just producing food.
It’s about making it taste good.
We are here to make sure people are happy, and if we can’t make a product for them, they will be happy at home.”
Nguyen is confident that the Vietnamese government will be supportive of the new plant, and that the factory will help make Vietnamese food more affordable and available for consumers in the region.
“Our company is an important part of the development of Vietnamese cuisine in the country, and we hope the government will support our efforts,” Nguyen explained.
“In the past, when the government wanted to expand, they had to go to foreign factories and get permits to do so.
That has not changed now.”
He added that Vietnam was a country where food and culture are important and important things.
“Vietnamese food is not for everyone.
People don’t want to be forced to eat cheap and fast food.
They are happy to enjoy authentic Vietnamese food.”