My name is Thu.
I was born in the northern part of Vietnam. My mom taught me how to cook when I was 7 years old. First, she taught me how to cook rice in a way that a 7- year- old would understand. My mom showed me how to put just enough water to reach the 1st digit of my index finger in order to cook rice. It came out perfect, not too dry not to soggy. At this young age, I could cook rice without using a rice cooker. When my mom came home from work she would cook other dishes. My mom then taught me how to boil vegetables, then sauté vegetables and eventually how to cook main dishes.
My mom loved making special food for holidays like Christmas and the Lunar New Year. She spent all day preparing special meals for my large family and many friends. During those occasions, I helped my mom when she made a complicated dish like chung cake (sticky rice cake). I helped her choose and clean the dong leaves which were used to wrap chung cake. I would then tie the cakes with bamboo strings. My mom put a lot of love in her cooking. By observing and helping her, I have learned to also cook with love.
Having moved from my hometown in the north to Saigon in the south, I had opportunities to cook and taste many southern style dishes. These dishes are typical of the kind of cooking of Mekong Delta. Southern cooking style is much sweeter tasting than those of the north. I love both style and mix them in my cooking.
Currently, I’m living in New York and cooking for family and friends. They love it and encourage me to share authentic northern and southern style Vietnamese cuisine. For me, cooking is a type of meditation and a way of honoring my cultural heritage. My mom also taught me that food is a wonderful way to deliver LOVE, thanks Mom. A blog is a great way for me to share my love of Vietnamese cuisine. I will keep cooking and sharing recipes with you.
Thanks for your interest in my blog and take care!