The story of LêLê
The Lê family came to Denmark in 1979 as boat refugees from Vietnam. They settled in North Jutland, where the parents quickly established a successful barbecue restaurant. The four Lê siblings saw opportunities in their childhood Vietnamese cuisine, which until the start of the 2000’s was relatively unknown in Scandinavia. In 2003, in collaboration with Pierre Truchot, they opened LêLê’s first street kitchen in Vesterbro in Copenhagen. It quickly became very popular with meter-long queues, and the family has developed the business from there. In a few years, LêLê has created respect for and love for Vietnamese food.
Food culture in Vietnam
With us, the atmosphere is alive, and the authentic Vietnamese cuisine fluctuates with modern international trends. What began as a small family business has today evolved into several Street Kitchens, food trucks and festival stalls, cookbooks, convenience products and a catering business.
Vietnamese food can be divided into three regions, each characterized by the climate and the unique ingredients found in the region.
In the northern highlands lies Hanoi. The region borders on China, which has affected the food culture. Here, the salty taste dominates in the traditional kitchen, where the dishes are tasted with soy and fish sauce.
In the central part, the climate, with alternate drought and rainy season, complicates the cultivation of vegetables. So here you have developed dishes with the strong dried spices, which were originally introduced from neighbor countries.
In the tropical south is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). There is traditionally a tendency for more sweet dishes with sugar and coconut as important ingredients.