I started to cook when I was 8 years old, I mean the whole real meals! not kids' recipes because both my parents went to work and they taught me how to prepare stuffs and cook them when they get home for lunch and dinner. I like to try out recipes from all other countries because I enjoy seeing how many dished I can cook with those ingredients at home. I'm a bit of a difficult person. I don't want to cook any traditional ethnic or regional food that I can't find spices or substitutes for it or if I don't the right tools for it. I think eating the food that wasn't cooked in the right way shows disrepect to the original cooks the regional people and even to a nation! (wow) I came to the US in summer '03. My husband is an Texan so of course I'm learning to cook Texan food too.
My favorite things to cook
Vietnamese dishes because I'm away from home and miss the food very much. Very few places here sell Vietnamese food that really taste like real Vietnamese food in the mainland and it upsets me.
I'm also trying to cook many Korean dishes because I used to visit my Korean friends' house when I was in highschool and I liked their foods. I loved making sushi too!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like Vietnamese foods because we eat lots of vegetable (mostly in vegetable soup and stir-fried dishes) daily and that make me "thin" and healthy naturally. We advoid using oil and sugar if possible. Any other ethnic food that is light will automaticaly become my favorite (such as Korean)
My cooking triumphs
Triumphs is when everytime people compliment my food. I haven't joined any cooking competition yet.
My cooking tragedies
Last christmas, I cooked the "flan" dessert at my husband's grandmom's house and it was too crowded in the kitchen that I was late to check out the steemer because I almost forgot. The result: it was overcooked and tasted a bit bitter! Embarrassing in front of all Americans! Lesson learned: cook anything before everybody shows up.