A few years ago, I packed my bags and headed to the burbs of Paris. Sounds peachy, right? Well, it wasn’t all buttery croissants and leisurely strolls along the Seine. Adapting to life here hasn’t been a picnic, but fixating on the unpleasant aspects of living in France and yearning for the familiarity of home were tainting my experiences here. So as I rang in the Year of the Goat, I decided to turn over a new leaf. Resolving to leave behind my morosity and to start fresh that year, I hatched Plated Palate to breathe some new life into my appetite and cooking.
Come join me on my journey as I rediscover the cuisine of my own culture and that of my adopted home country. Here you will find a collection of recipes of my favorite things to cook and eat–mostly Vietnamese foods and French pastries–peppered with occasional stories of my life in France. I hope that the traditional Vietnamese and French dishes on my dinner table will inspire you to fire up your stove more often, explore new flavor profiles and try new things in your kitchen.
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