Pauline Nguyen is a restauranteur, author, public speaker, and mentor. She’s best known as making up one-third of Red Lantern, one of Sydney’s most popular Vietnamese restaurant, with her younger brother Luke Nguyen and husband Mark Jensen.
At one point she also shared the story of how her family immigrated as refugees to Australia in a memoir Secrets of the Red Lantern.
Nguyen’s latest project has been the opening Pork’d, an eatery dedicated to pork.
Who is your inspiration?
Alive: my children; Dead: Bruce Lee
What’s currently in your pantry?
Lots of sauces and spices, various teas.
What’s in your fridge?
Lots of vegetables in the crisper, fresh young coconuts, ham, salami, cheese, coconut kefir, artisan chocolates, ingredients for a Negroni, craft beer, and always left over dinner.
Best thing to come out of the microwave
Melted dark chocolate
What did you last eat?
Polenta with chargrilled cauliflower and smoked ham hock
Where do you like to go for a feed?
Red Lantern and Pork’d
When I’m not running Red Lantern, I’m…
An international speaker, writer, coach, and mentor
Butter, margarine, a mix or neither?
Tools I can’t live without
Ninja Nutri Ninja Blender
Cookbooks I always return to
Secrets of The Red Lantern