Joe King educates on authentic French Vietnamese cuisine at Le Colonial.

“We want them to have an experience. When you come in you’re supposed to be transported someplace else. You feel like you’re not in the middle of Chicago, but in the middle of Saigon in the early 1920’s.

Vietnamese, I would say, is a bit cleaner. Nuoc mam, for example, is unique to the Vietnamese food, in that it is their salt. Nuoc mam is a fish sauce and basically everything that you have has some level of fish sauce in it.”