Tell me a bit about yourself:
Have you heard of a female version of Clark Kent? Yup, you are looking right at her!
Well, sort of… I usually disguise myself as an ordinary economist named Nga. But really, I’m a supermom of three (four if you count my husband). And I can save the world by turning into a chef, a judge, a policewoman, a doctor, a dog, a cat, a dinosaur (roaaarrrr),… you name it. Not to mention Santa!! If you don’t believe me, ask my kids (anything but the Santa part, okay?).
And who’s that guy?
That’s my real life Clark. He takes care of our three kids when I am busy with important things, like writing this blog.
Awwww.. your kids are so adorable!!!
Thanks!!! Do you want to keep them? A weekend, maybe? How about a day? Alright, two hours then? Yesss??
Oh, come on… it’s not that bad…
Here… (courtesy of Huffington Post):
Okay, you made your point. I can babysit your kids as long as you never take me up on that offer! How about cooking? Since when did you start?
I was born to be a chef, a great chef, an Asian version of Gordon Ramsey. Do you know that I have 10 whorl fingerprints? That means I am blessed with exceptional dexterous hands if you believe Vietnamese superstition.
Oh crap, are you writing that down?
The truth is I had not cooked until I got married (what a lucky dude!).
Yup!! I grew up in a city where good and cheap foods could be found around every corner (just google Hanoi street food you’ll see what I meant). So why cook?
I didn’t need to cook when I first arrived here as a student either. It was a whole new wild world: pizza, hamburger, cheese steak, … !! I was perfectly happy with fast food.
Not until I got a job and married to a foodie did I enjoy and can afford good food. Eating out in proper restaurants was inspirational and crazily expensive, so I started to experiment at home. My cooking really took off when I was in grad school and hosted a whole bunch of parties. I was studying so hard…
Are you still party animals now with three kids?
Sort of. We are still “small” party animals in the sense that we love to invite friends to bond over good food and good conversation.
Do the kids love your food?
They are my toughest food critics. It’s very rewarding to hear them saying “Thank you mommy. It’s really yummy”.
So, what is this blog about?
I want to collect all recipes that pass our kids’ and our friends’ tests. They have sophisticated palate so… Hope you benefit from these recipes too.
That’s great. Thanks! Last question, do you enjoy doing anything else besides cooking?
Of course. I love traveling with my family and friends, exploring new places, new cuisines. Basically any kind of traveling but camping – see Jim Gaffigan’s explanation if you want to know why (love this guy!). I also enjoy trying new restaurants in town. Hey I can be a food critic too.
Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. Hope you find it useful!