Vy Pham


One sentence to describe yourself: 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!