Van Đa- Eggplant Salad
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.
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
"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."