Linda’s meal takes inspiration from her mother-in-law’s pho recipe
Get to know Linda in this Q&A, and get her 🌿Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho), Wednesday (9/30) from 3-8:30PM in South Loop!
Q: What can you tell us about the dish you’re making and what inspired it?
Linda: My first Shmeal offering is Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho), taking inspiration from an adaptation of my Vietnamese Mother-in-Law’s pho recipe. Each of my husband’s family members has a specialty dish, and his Mom’s specialty is pho. As the weather cools down, I find a big hot bowl of noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food so I wanted to share this with you all too!
Q: What’s your cooking background?
Linda: I grew up cooking with my stay-at-home mom while my older sister was at school. My earliest memories are of my Mom lifting me up as a small child to sit on the kitchen counter while she prepared the daily homecooked dinner for when my sister and dad returned home for the day.
As a child, I was “a runner” so the only way my Mom could get anything done in the kitchen was to make me sit on the counter which was too high for my 3 year old self to jump down from. She thought she was watching me, but in retrospect I was the one watching and learning all her cooking secrets.
Q: Where’d you grow up? What kind of food did you grow up with?
Linda: I grew up in the suburbs of Philly for my younger childhood and spent the majority of my life in Michigan taking annual summer trips to Asia. Both my parents are immigrants from Taiwan and fortunately enough, my Mom was an amazing cook. As a stay-at-home Mom, she valued the importance of a good homecooked meal. Since Taiwanese cuisine is hard to come by, she found herself having to make everything herself if she wanted to eat something that reminded her of home. Since I grew up cooking alongside her, I’ve found my cooking style similar to hers, cooking homemade Taiwanese food, however, venturing out to broader pan-Asian cuisines as well.