Huế, May 3, 2009 Before leaving this beloved world, she dedicated an invaluable gift, which was accumulated from her heart and talent, to Huế – her homeland. She is Điềm Phùng Thị – a renowned sculptor; and the present is her own art works together with the French style residence where she lived during the […]
Especially for Y.Q., Huế people are very early risers. The sun does not wake them up but they stir the dark morning until the dawn breaks. They wake up around 4 in the morning or even earlier to start a pre-working day such as cooking, doing some cleaning, or doing morning exercises. One of the […]
She does it differently. She puts the mixed veggies in a bowl, then adds some spies and then pours a little bit clam broth in. She then mixes the mixture before adding the steamed rice. Finally, she tops it with stir-fried clam, spices (again) and fried pork skin.
Her bún hến is so-so but her cơm hến is especially tasty and different. It’s the flavor of cơm hến that I feel familiar and new at the same time. I’m enjoying the cơm hến and observing her. She is like a well-known culinary performer, and her gánh hàng is the stage while the diners are a crowded audience. Sometimes I see one or two smiles on her gloomy face, which adds more passion to my experience with her food and herself.
For decades, many artifacts collected from the Hương River have been under Phan’s loving care. His house is overwhelmed with the artifacts and so is his big and shady garden which turns into an open antique exhibition. Some are piled up to the ceiling, some crammed in the dark and narrow attic or even in Phan’s own bedroom. They can be found anywhere that spares space for them – indoor or outdoor.