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Van Đa- Eggplant Salad

$2.00

Our modern take on serving southern Vietnam's popular Cà Tím Nướng or grilled eggplant offers a pleasant surprise of complex flavors, balancing sweet and salty, fresh and smokey. It also features the brightness of Asian celery, mint, and cilantro. Additional crunch from fried shallots, a ubiquitous ingredient in Vietnamese households, is also a must.

GIVING BACK

This recipe gives back to New York Common Pantry (NYCP). 

New York Common Pantry works toward the reduction of hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that function to establish long-term independence for those we serve. Our whole-person approach starts with food provision through the distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages in Choice Pantry and hearty balanced breakfast and dinner in the Hot Meals program.

CHEF MARY CELINE BUI'S STORY 
Mary Celine Bui is a native Filipina with deep ties to the Phillipines' capital city, Manila. There, she attended St. Scholastica's College, an all-girls school that focused on female empowerment and human rights, to which she credits as having driven her focus and shaped her life.  She attended the premier culinary program at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, where she earned her Bachelors in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. After five years of cooking on the line and managing kitchens in Manila, Celine journeyed to Key West before landing in New York City. Once in New York, she found a home at Andy Ricker's celebrated northern Thai institution Pok Pok, where she began to become more versed in the flavors and cuisines of Southeast Asia. At Pok Pok, she met her husband, who is of Vietnamese descent, and learned more about Vietnam's culture, language, and food through his family. Now, at Van Da, Celine continues to develop her knowledge and deepen her love of Vietnamese cuisine and culture.

"Before going on a class field trip to Vietnam in 2009, I knew little to nothing about Vietnam. There I fell in love with the food and the culture. Little did I know that I would fall in love all over again in New York City and find myself fully immersed in Vietnamese cuisine and life."
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