Vietnamese foodThis year my husband’s family came to spend the Christmas with us in New York City. They had never tried Vietnamese food before, so I took them to Thai Son, my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown. It has a hole-in-the-wall lunch spot ambiance – the food comes out quick, but is amazing and dirt-cheap. We usually come here for lunch, as it is not much of a romantic spot. A big group is ideal for sharing more dishes.

We ordered excessively, and shamelessly devoured it all.

We ordered:

No. 5- Tai pho, traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup (add some chili garlic sauce or Sriracha spicy sauce and hoisin sauce to taste, and plan to share one order)

No. 21 – Goi Cuon summer rolls, with shrimp and peanut sauce

No. 26 – Cha Gio spring rolls (wrap with a lettuce leaf around the roll and some mint, and dip in nước mắm  based fish sauce)

No. 38 – Grilled caramelized pork chop (wrap meat, mint, and angel noodles with a lettuce leaf, and dip in fish sauce)

No. 45 – Banh mi Ca ri Ga chicken curry, with French bread for dipping

No. 83 – Bo Luc Lac beef salad with rice

No. 104 – Rau muong xao toi sautéed water spinach with garlic

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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