Through powerful narrative, archival imagery, and 20 Vietnamese recipes that mirror their story, Mango & Peppercorns is a unique contribution to culinary literature.
In 1975, after narrowly escaping the fall of Saigon, pregnant refugee and gifted cook Tung Nguyen ended up in the Miami home of Kathy Manning, a graduate student and waitress who was taking in displaced Vietnamese refugees. This serendipitous meeting evolved into a decades-long partnership, one that eventually turned strangers into family and a tiny, no-frills eatery into one of the most lauded restaurants in the country.
Tung's fierce practicality often clashed with Kathy's free-spirited nature, but over time, they found a harmony in their contrasts—a harmony embodied in the restaurant's signature mango and peppercorns sauce.
• IMPORTANT, UNIVERSAL STORY: An inspiring memoir peppered with recipes, it is a riveting read that will appeal to fans of Roy Choi, Ed Lee, Ruth Reichl, and Kwame Onwuachi.
• TIMELY TOPIC: This real-life American dream is a welcome reminder of our country's longstanding tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants. This book adds a touchpoint to that larger conversation, resonating beyond the bookshelf.
• INVENTIVE COOKBOOK: This book is taking genre-bending a step further, focusing on the story first and foremost with 20 complementary recipes.
• Fans of culinary nonfiction
• Fans of Ruth Reichl, Roy Choi, Kwame Onwuachi, and Anya Von Bremzen
• Home cooks who are interested in Asian food and cooking
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About the Author
Katherine Manning cofounded Hy Vong. She manages Hy Vong's pop-ups and catered events.
Lyn Nguyen is Tung Nguyen's daughter. Before earning degrees from Harvard and Cornell, she helped wait tables at Hy Vong. She is the CEO and cofounder of Liquid Analytics, an artificial intelligence innovation firm.
Elisa Ung is an award-winning writer, book collaborator, and editor. She was the restaurant critic and dining columnist for Northjersey.com and the (Bergen) Record in New Jersey, and a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Table of Contents
Who's Who 14
Prologue: The Long Walk 16
Chapter 1 My Grandmother's Soup, Part 1 21
Recipe: Pumpkin Soup (Bí Do) with Fried Shallots 27
Chapter 2 My Grandmother's Soup, Part 2 29
Recipe: Swedish Fruit Soup 33
Chapter 3 Brand New 35
Recipe: Pho 43
Chapter 4 Rice and Salt 46
Recipe: Flan with Ginger 53
Chapter 5 Make More 55
Recipe: Curried Chicken and Sweet Potatoes 64
Recipe: Hy Vong Stock 66
Chapter 6 The General 67
Recipe: Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce 75
Chapter 7 Selling Soup 78
Recipe: Hearty Beef Noodle Soup (Bún B6 Huê) 89
Chapter 8 Vietnamese Hot Dogs 93
Recipe: Spring Rolls (Cha Giò) with Nuoc Châm 103
Chapter 9 Hope Is Alive 106
Recipe: Watercress Salad with Hy Vong's Signature Dressing 115
Chapter 10 Partners 117
Recipe: Fish with Mango Sauce 126
Recipe: Chicken in Pastry 127
Chapter 11 Family 145
Recipe: Squid Salad 154
Chapter 12 The Biggest Shrimp 155
Recipe: Curried Shrimp and Crabmeat 164
Chapter 13 Leaving 166
Chapter 14 Vietnam 173
Recipe: Barbecued Pork with Rice Noodles (Bún Thit Nuong) 182
Chapter 15 Independence 184
Recipe: Mac and Cheese 191
Chapter 16 Tung Vietnamese Restaurant 192
Recipe: Pork Rolling Cakes (Bánh Cuôn) 199
Chapter 17 Appreciation 203
Recipe: Spicy Ribs (Thit Suon) 209
Chapter 18 American 210
Recipe: Kimchi 217