I have been itching to write this post for a couple of weeks now after being assigned to interview Mike Thoma of German Corner for The Breakfast Club article in Oi Magazine’s June issue.
Am really not familiar with German cuisine so I was truly looking forward to this interview.
I was late for my interview but Mike was still all smiles when he met up with me (thank God!). Mike is originally from Moenchengladbach, Germany. Saigon has been his home for the past 12 years. After a failed relationship, he decided to travel to Asia and take time off work as well, as a moat builder. He literally fell in love with and in Vietnam. He and his seamstress wife, Thuy Thien run the German Corner.
Mike had no real experience managing a restaurant but with the help of his wife and mother — who is behind all the gastronomic German recipes offered — the German Corner has been attracting lots of customers.
I do not drink beer. I’ve tried once and I didn’t like it but Mike persuaded to me to at least try a shandy (70% Bitburger and 30% Sprite). It was verrrrry good. If beer tasted that way, I’d be an alcoholic. 😛
I asked Mike if Germans ever drink water — and he said that yes but they really prefer beer. In the morning, its coffee but after that beer is pretty much their water. Eighteen is the legal age to drink beer in Germany but he says some do get to taste their first beer at a much younger age with their parents.
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