Daily Special at Vietnam’s Koto Restaurants: Hope for Street Kids

  Tucked behind Hanoi’s ancient Temple of Literature, a top draw for tourists, KOTO Restaurant offers respite for sore feet and grumbling tummies. The menu of Asian-meets-Euro dishes includes nem (spring rolls), beef baked in bamboo, delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It’s welcome fare for visitors and is spiked with a secret ingredient: Hope. KOTO is a wildly successful training …

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Cabbages and Condoms: Taking on Taboo Health Topics in a Fun and Delicious Way

You’ll get a full belly of delicious food at the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok, but never fear, all the items on the menu are “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.” Conceived by ex-politician and philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya as a way to raise funds while tackling the culturally taboo topic of HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, the restaurant opened its doors more than 10 years ago has become a must-see destination for tourists.

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Disadvantaged Youth Hone Hospitality Skills at Hanoi’s Hoa Sua

Tucked into a tiny side street in the Truc Bach neighbourhood of Hanoi is a stately house that has been transformed into elegant restaurant. White linen covers the tables and menu choices are a fusion of French and Asian. Is this a high-end celebrity chef’s signature locale? Not exactly. It is Song Thu Restaurant, a learning restaurant run by Hoa Sua where disadvantaged youth whip up delicious meals and serve them to customers, often tour groups visiting Vietnam.

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