TON THAT DAM Ton That Dam was the older brother of Ton That Thiep and was a body guard of the King Ham Nghi. They both protected the King against the French from 1886 until 1888. When King Ham Nghi was betrayed to the French, learning this together with the news that his younger brother had been killed, Ton That Dam committed suicide by drinking poison. The old street market here was once the main city market, linked to the Saigon River by the “Crocodile Bridge Canal” (modern Ham Nghi boulevard). In 1869 after it burned down and a new market was built on the nearby canal, now Nguyen Hue Boulevard. However there has been a street market on this site ever since, in the 1960s it became famous as the “Thieves Market” where black marketgoods were sold. Today, Ton That Dam is a very interesting street that is famous for the wet market that can be found at its center. The market sells everything from fruit, vegetables to fish, meat, herbs, spices, wine, cigarettes and all imaginable household items. It is also the street where the dried candied ginger is bought and is used in the cocktail. The cocktail is a classic ginger sour to act as the antidote for the poison that Ton That Dam took on the knowledge of King Ham Nghi’s capture. The cleansing properties of ginger are the basis for the inspiration of this cocktail. Short and snappy, it’s perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif.
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