Vy Pham

Vy presented at Tender Table on November 19, 2017 at Ristretto Roasters in Portland, OR.

Photo courtesy of Vy Pham

Photo courtesy of Vy Pham


One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: A 1.5 generation immigrant with roots in Vietnam, New England, Colorado, and now Portland—sometimes writer, sometimes radio contributor, always student, and presently community-oriented MSW candidate.

What will you be presenting on? Comfort&comfort foods among the constant internal&external debate of cultural identity&ownership.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: It’s better with pepper & sometimes! it’s better the next day.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Fried egg, soft yolk, jasmine rice, maggi, and sriracha.

Favorite food: Thịt kho & canh rau đay in a bowl of fluffy jasmine rice.

Recommended reading: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salt by Nayyirah Waheed, Sông I Sing by Bao Phi. Recommended listening: Code Switch and Racist Sando.

Best meals: Anything my parents make every time I go home, that one Cơm Sườn Bì Chả dish at that one Viet restaurant in Hartford, CT, that one Phở place in Denver, CO, and rotisserie chicken with Annie's mac&cheese with my homies after a long day in the mountains.

Food you’d like to try: Foods I ate/liked as a kid that my grandma would feed me like wonder bread with sweetened condensed milk topped with sugar or rice topped with Fruity Pebbles. I am curious why I liked them and if I would like them as an adult—but then simultaneously disgusted in my kid-self!