VN Food with Amy

Last night our friend Amy came over & we made Indian food, but last week I cooked Vietnamese: Spring rolls and a crab & noodle salad. Here is picture of my plate of the Vietnamese food. (I think we got some of the Indian dishes we had last night & I'll post those later.)
Spring Rolls


I've been learning to make Vietnamese food for the better part of a decade -- since I came home from my first trip to Vietnam. I'm known among my friends for my spring rolls, of which I can make half a dozen kinds, but I've been trying to broaden my range, thus the salad. My most reliable VN dish, which I haven't made in a while, is thit ga kho gung -- chicken with ginger -- a dish that uses a good deal of nuoc mam -- fish sauce -- which is an acquired taste for some people but which I took to right away. Hope I get to go back this summer. Fish Sauce

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “VN Food with Amy”

  1. here’s my thanksgiving food query. edward mycue


    Eating during bankers hours,
    during the time others are sawing wood
    and the termites are eating it
    hunger is first things first.

    You live, learn and still and all
    we knock on wood because
    you’re never too young to step up to the plate
    but you have to prioritize especially
    if you are a vegetarian as big as a reindeer.

    From the get go when you are beating
    the tom-tom for dinner you don’t shilly-shally
    or you’re so full of beans
    (though it’s no skin off your teeth).

    As for freeloaders with time passing
    for anyone who knows his onions
    those layabouts will soon learn
    a new rite of passage
    when they are deader than a doornail.

    OK, plants eat animals, animals
    eat plants and animals, but do
    plants eat other plants?
    Jeez louise, you say, it’s
    screwey louie as far as the eye can see.

    But all you really need to know
    is that the flies get into the ointment
    because if it isn’t omnivory, carnivory,
    it’s herbivory and a herd of hippos.

    Edward Mycue

  2. Thanks, Ed. If fungi are plants, then, yes, plants eat plants. I can almost hear them chomping on the pine stump out by the driveway.

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