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Family food: com gia dinh

Sometimes dinner is just dinner–nothing fancy, nothing complicated.  Way back in the day when my family ran a restaurant in SoCal (a venture that failed rather spectacularly), we offered com phan gia dinh (family dinner).  Every evening, families who had … Continue reading

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Summertime baking: blueberry-lemon tart

Growing up, I often craved American foods that my family did not make, such as mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and apple pie.  As a teenager, I mustered the courage to try making some of these dishes–thinking about those … Continue reading

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Bun Bo Hue

Next to pho bo, there is nothing I love more than a steaming bowl of bun bo hue in the freezing winters of New England.  This self-professed Valley girl has now been living in New England for 18 years–yikes, that’s … Continue reading

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Noodle snack: Mi xao

If you’ve ever lived, vacationed, or worked with me, you know that I can EAT.  Former office mates will attest to my early lunch cravings (10:30-ish) and constant snacking.  In fact, at work retreats that lasted over several days at … Continue reading

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Banh Cuon

This may come as no surprise to most of you, but Vietnamese food just ain’t quick nor easy.  The soups can take upwards of 8 hours to simmer; there are endless vegetables and herbs to wash and chop; heck, even … Continue reading

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Hu tieu nam vang

I don’t know why Southeast Asia is home to so many different kinds of noodle soups, but I am thankful for it.  Beef, chicken, pork, seafood, you name it, we have a noodle soup for it!  One of my favorites … Continue reading

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Eyeballs and all: grilled whole fish with garlic and lemongrass

Remember when I told you that I love to eat weird things?  Well, I love eating fish eyes–all that gelatinous goodness!  To get the eyes, I need the whole fish.  Yes, fillets are more kid-friendly and certainly easier to obtain … Continue reading

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