Food
Phở
Nghia M. Vo
         Pho (pronounce fuh)-from the French pot au feu-is the Vietnamese traditional beef noodle soup, which originated in Hanoi in the 1920-30's. The Vietnamese cooks who worked for the French thought it was a good idea to use the pot au feu for their families. It could be done simply, cheaply, and in an appetizing way. While the French soup was laden with vegetables and beef, the cooks modified it by using discarded beef bones, which still gave it a rich meaty smell and texture without the high cost of beef. In the cool northern climate, pho caught on like wildfire and became the regular household soup for the Vietnamese. Some people thought pho had a Chinese origin, although it seems unlikely because pho had never been used before by the Chinese until very recently. Chinese soups like mi and hu tieu were based on the broth of pig, not beef bones (more...)
My mother's kitchen and Hue cuisine
Hồ Văn Hiền
         This might be a cliché, but thinking about the small, secondary kitchen on the ground level of my parents' home leads me straight to my memories about my mother. There is a Chinese story about a man who cried whenever he was served sweet leek soup (canh hẹ), because it reminded him of his mother who used to cook that special soup for him.
         In that small, secondary kitchen on the ground floor, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all cooked from scratch by my mother. The main kitchen itself was in an annex building connected to the main residence by a covered, tiled corridor about 20 meters long. My mother did not have any electric or gas range. (more...)
Hương Vị Quê Hương
Huỳnh Chiếu Đẳng
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LUKE NGUYEN's KITCHEN
Luke Nguyen, acclaimed owner and chef of the Sydney restaurant 'The Red Lantern', returns to the country of his heritage and prepares dishes in locations that represent the real Vietnam, in all its chaotic vibrancy. (more...)
Ăn Xôi Sài Gòn
Tản mạn xôi Sài Gòn
Người Sài Gòn rất chuộng xôi. Xôi sớm, xôi chiều, xôi tối lúc nào cũng có người ăn. Đất Sài thành có một phố chuyên bán xôi và còn rất nhiều món xôi "đặc sản" khó tìm nơi khác. (more...)