Tucked into a small alley, the quaint, sparsely decorated home of Mr. Châu, whom we call “Captain Cook” (see Web site for story behind the name) hid one of the most vibrant kitchens in Vietnam. The Captain taught me how well corn, pork, and scallions go together. A short stop at the market left us armed with fatty fork, fresh corn, and spring onions. I balanced these treasures under my arms as I clung to the back of the Captain’s scooter, speeding through the crowded Nha-Trang side streets.
His daughter, Hà Triêù Quyên and visiting cousin Phương helped as he whipped up an intriguing corn dish to eat with our crispy chicken wings and steamed fresh crabs. We sipped red wine while escaping the afternoon’s brutal sun, hidden away in our back-alley cove.
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