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In Vietnam, the drinking culture is all about being communal – you’d hardly find anyone having a beer alone and it’s even considered rude if you take a sip without the rest of the group. This means that for many travellers, one of the first Vietnamese phrases they will learn is “mot, hai, ba, zo!”, or “1, 2, 3, cheers!”.

By naming her restaurant after the toast, 33-year-old Vietnamese Amy Tran is clear about the experience that she wants to create at her two-month-old Viet barbecue restaurant 123 ZÔ (pronounced “yo”) in Geylang. “Drinking in Vietnam is a lot of fun. It’s noisy and there’s a lot of energy. If you go drinking, you’re gonna get drunk – that’s the Vietnamese way,” she tells us with a wide grin.

She also explains how the toast works. Basically, you’ll be saying it a lot. “Whole table is talking? Cheers! Talk to the next table of strangers? Cheers! When the conversation stops and you want to bring the energy up? Cheers!”

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