First, let me thank you for visiting. Setting up this site has been a new adventure, but a worthwhile and fulfilling one. I hope browsing this site sparks your own culinary adventure and brings you closer to those important to you, as those are what I intended for my own life when starting this site.
Who am I? I’m a 30 something who started this site in the Fall of 2013. I have a full time career in a completely unrelated setting, and I spend evenings and weekends working on this site because I love the idea of sharing with the world some of the culinary adventures I’ve embarked upon. I am the third daughter of two Vietnamese emigrants who fled their war torn country in 1975, at the end of the Vietnam War, and landed in the United States to start their life anew. I was born here in America, and the older I get, the more I appreciate the need to carry forward the culture my parents brought with them when they arrived to this land of opportunity.
Why WWC? I grew up in a household where my mom whipped up daily wonders in her kitchen. Every day, we were lucky to have a table full of family-style Vietnamese meals, often made of vegetables from my dad’s garden, or fish we gathered from family fishing trips. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I came to appreciate those little miracles my mom would make every day for our family. Vietnamese cuisine is a family affair, meaning that everyone sits around the table sharing jasmine rice and two or three savory dishes. To accomplish that means a meal can take two or three times the amount of usual effort. Add to this formula the fact that my mom also worked full time, and you’d be as dumbfounded as I am as to how she pulled this off for our family for over twenty years. Writing With Chopsticks started as a way to thank my mom for the hard work she’s put into raising our family, and, more importantly, it’s a way for me to carry forward her wealth of knowledge in the kitchen.
What sets WWC apart? As a young cook, when I wanted to find a new recipe, as with most of you, I took to the internet to search for recipes. As you may have noticed, there’s no shortage of recipe websites out there, and although there are a few really good sites that focus on Vietnamese dishes, there really isn’t a site that focuses specifically on mom’s authentic recipes. That’s why I started this site. This site, specifically the Mom’s 52 page, doesn’t just lead you to Vietnamese dishes that taste “just like how mom used to make” – they are how mom makes them. I hope you can taste the difference!
Other pages on this site spread out from the original idea of sharing my mom’s culinary knowledge. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and although I could never say I have anywhere near my mom’s level of culinary expertise, I’ve accumulated some of my own little successes in the kitchen over the years.
Thanks again for visiting my site. If you like what you see, please let me know about it and share this site with others. If you have any requests, please let me also hear from you. I hope this site helps you better enjoy your own culinary adventures. Come back soon!
– writing with chopsticks