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In the Palm of My Hand

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Braised pork

I’m an intuitive cook. Most immigrant cooks and great chefs are intuitive cooks. Growing up watching my Mang cook, I never once saw her use a measuring cup or measuring spoons. A cup of water was one rice bowl full of water. She used dinnerware for tablespoons and teaspoons. The most important measuring utensil in our […]

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I Love the Smell of Fish Sauce Part 2

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Caramel braised chicken

I love the smell of fish sauce…just not early in the morning! Part Deux Mang made home cooked Viet food, not fancy dishes. She made braised pork, chicken, or seafood. Braising the Viet way in those early years in the U.S. was labor intensive. First Mang had to make the caramel that would color and sweeten the braised dish. Cook […]

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I Love the Smell of Fish Sauce Part 1

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Sliced cucumbers marinate faster

I love the smell of fish sauce…just not too early in the morning! Part 1 I never knew the true nuances of fish sauce – all its subtlety, pungency, and variety – until my Mang arrived in America and started to cook real authentic Viet meals at home. Before that, the only fish sauce that […]

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Hungry for Memories

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Our V Spice Seasonings are great in burgers

The strongest memories in my mind seem to be tied to food; its smell, its taste, its appearance, and what role it played in my life at that point in time. I don’t have many memories of my life in Vietnam, since I was only 3 when I left, but there are certain vignettes that […]

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My Culinary Journey

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I came to the United States when I was 3 years old, but grew up in a very Viet household. The first 6 years I lived here, I ate predominantly American Midwest cuisine until my Mom (aka Mang) came over. My dad (aka Bo), my brother (AC) and I came over together first, so my […]

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Born to Eat

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Food spread

I was born to love food. Both of my parents are food enthusiasts. My father is a food adventurer, and he pulled me along for the ride. He opened my palate to every type of food by never allowing me to say no to trying new foods. Coming to America was the best thing that […]