A Vegan Dinner
Sunday, July 27th
Growing up, on the day of the full moon, my father’s side of the family went to the Vietnamese Buddhist temple near our house. There, they were offered a vegan meal after praying. Sometimes I was invited but rarely would go. I was too young to understand.
A few years ago, one of my cooks-who later became my friend-invited me to a Vietnamese Buddhist temple that she frequented for Lunar New Years; the biggest holiday in Vietnam. It had been almost 30 years since I last went. It changed my life in the most beautiful way, mainly because of the food and it’s gesture.
This is my interpretation of that same gesture. I hope you can make it.
cold cucumber noodle squash soup, spicy scallion oil
-carrots, sweet and spicy string bean, wrapped with collard greens
-lobster mushroom and turnip cake
-vegan pate on taro bread, pickled spicy red beets
cognac black beans, potato spaetzle, pickled
with coconut cream of corn
gooseberry, cherry tomato, red currant panacotta