What food tells us about ourselves / by Phu Qui Nguyen

There's something to be said about the food that we eat.  Many times cultures rich and deep rooted with culinary pasts rise to the surface with such reverence.  The provisions to such a spectrum rivals that of tropical wild skittles.  It's all over the place, the goods ones at least, and for many delicious reasons.  To think of it, I have not been to a country where their culinary tastes, hopes and dreams are not also representative of their nation's pride and history!

One's love for food, is also love for the fellow man.  Just like we're all the same color underneath our epidermis, culinary delight binds us, prep to line cook to chef to patron.   Maybe that is why mother's cooking is always best?  It's the love that goes into each slice, sprinkle, and dash.   

This is why when you happen to get food artisans mucking up (more often than not) a truly blessed offering from the food gods, purists or just lovers of food will be angry.  Don't reinvent the wheel.  Be innovative but err on the safe side that someone probably did it better than you and still does it better than you.  Food is always a great equalizer.  Even when it's only tasted with a teaspoon, a master can be humbled in a second.   

Thus I present to you some favorite droolers.  Evolved over time but yet to be ruined by over thought and creative mess.  I'm not sure what is worse, my writing or my pictures.  Please excuse my pictures, not a food blogger by any means.

Crispy duck with bao bun (Jiao bun )

Crispy duck with bao bun (Jiao bun )

Chicken Gizzard skewers & satay

Chicken Gizzard skewers & satay

Mi Quan (Siamen Noodle)

Mi Quan (Siamen Noodle)

Lau Lau Pork 

Lau Lau Pork 

Turron (plantain wrapped in rice paper with drizzled honey)

Turron (plantain wrapped in rice paper with drizzled honey)