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Cooking is my passion!!!! My mom and I have been cooking in the kitchen together for years. I’ve always had an interest in the cuisine and culture of Vietnam but it became a full-fledged obsession when my mom felt it was a good idea for me to learn how to create her food in the event that, if she were not around, I would know how to make her healthy & yummy cuisine. Otherwise I would never eat Vietnamese food again, except for rice paper (rice paper is to Asians what a tortilla is to hispanics) unless I went to a restaurant. Cooking your own food is all about being self sufficient and everyone knows no ones cooking is better than mom’s home cooking, no matter what nationality you are.
Our kitchen time together allowed us to create the dishes she learned growing up in Vietnam. I feel that my true understanding of Vietnamese ingredients came with I traveled to Vietnam with my mom which allowed me to experience Vietnamese cuisine firsthand. The variety of fresh ingredients at the street markets and on the water-boats was amazing. One thing to always remember when visiting a third world county…EVERYTHING IS FREE GAME. Here’s a tip….do not befriend an animal. I thought I would take a chicken home as my pet for the duration of my stay, well the next day my friendly chickens head popped up in the dinner soup. I showed my rebellious side by not eating the soup. None of our meals were Americanized, which I was extremely happy about. My stomach on the other hand took some time to get used to the new flavors. In my opinion adjusting an authentic recipe not only takes away the flavor but doesn’t allow you to truly appreciate or experience the true ingredients indicative to a particular area. I’m finding that the more knowledgeable I become with ingredients and cooking styles the higher my expectations are when I go out to eat at other restaurants and when I’m cooking for family and friends. My palate has definitely become more sophisticated.
I created EATINASIAN because I wanted to share my knowledge of Asian food. EA now has guest bloggers that write about their own experiences with the Asian culture, great restaurant reviews, how to videos and basically a melting pot for people interested in Asian cuisine and culture. It really has become a first hand look into a culture that simple put, can be a bit misunderstood.
If you have a burning question about the Asian culture, a favorite restaurant, a fabulous cooking tip…let me know and we’ll put it on the site.Chow!
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