February 25, 2023
Soft raisin rolls rising for several days, stalls overflowing with crispy breads with the flavors of yesteryear, croissants, as well as the classic pains au chocolat are just a few of the delicacies made by the students of the Bakery française d ‘Ho Chi Minh City.
In search of natural processes and transparency, La Boulangerie Française is working throughout Vietnam to return to the old-world style of bread while training young people from low-income rural Vietnamese families. These lovers of good seeds, keen on authenticity, defend traditional French breads with character and taste. From long fermentation to extensive baking, they knead the old-fashioned way while passing on their know-how, because the French bakery is not just a simple bake shop but also a school founded in December 2017 funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), a public institution that allocates funds from the French government to “finance, support and accelerate the transition to a more just and sustainable world”.
After a success that has lasted for more than 20 years in Hue, La Boulangerie française joined forces a few years ago with the College of Technology Thu Duc and the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) to educate new bakers, this time taking hold in HCMC. For them, there is no good bread without a certain professional rigor. With the motto “We bake for change – You eat for change”, students are trained on the basis of the standards of courses used in France for the vocational training diploma in bakery (CAP – Certificate of Professional Aptitude). After one year of training, they complete a six-month professional internship and are then placed in a hotel or restaurant corresponding to their wishes and capacities.
The French Bakery of HCMC does not hide its passion for bread and commitment to bringing great baked goods to everyone, all enhanced by a touch of daring, so if you are like us, keen on quality products and artisanal know-how while also looking to support community initiatives, go to their FB site to order. From beautiful loafs of bread to quiches, croissants, pain au chocolat and cake, each creation is sure to bring a unique delight all-the-while passing on the joys of baking to a new generation.
Address: 53 Vo Văn Ngan, Lin Chieu, Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Info and order HERE