About ABC Foodie
N.B. Really I am Chinese-Thai/Malay-American and not a true “ABC” (American-born Chinese). My parents — who traversed through Phuket, Penang, Singapore, Taiwan, and Halifax — carried those Southeast Asian food memories to the U.S..
Born and raised in rural New Jersey, I chowed down on Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Shanghainese fare on weekend family jaunts to NYC. As a child, I reread Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Farmer Boy” ad nauseum, mentally digested The New York Times food section, and was consistently disappointed by the manufactured taste of picturesquely-packaged foods.
Why this blog now? Southeast Asian food is a multi-cultural hybrid of Thai, Malay, and Indian tastes. I’d like to explore these foods with you, reader, and I encourage you to eat them with the traditional spoon and fork (not chopsticks, mind you).