Monthly Archives: April 2021

Suong heo nuong xa – Vietnamese lemongrass spare ribs

3-4 lbs pork spare or baby back ribs3 lemongrass stalks, tough layers removed and finely minced1 Thai chili pepper, minced (or 1 tsp sambal olek) 4 scallions2 cloves garlic1 shallot3 tablespoons fish sauce3 tablespoons honey1/4 cup canola oil1/2 teaspoon fresh … Continue reading


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Cha gio: Vietnamese Egg Rolls

My family LOVES cha gio. Cha gio were present at every gathering–birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weekend dinners–and I always avoided them. As a kid I never liked the fried, greasy foods and cha gio were so ubiquitous that I found them … Continue reading

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I was not ready for this kind of grief.

**This essay was originally published online at WBUR Cognoscenti on April 8, 2021. I wasn’t ready for this moment. More than two weeks after the shooting in Atlanta, I am still reeling and at a loss for what to do about … Continue reading

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