Van Đa - Hoi An Turmeric Noodles
"Turmeric Noodles are hard to come by, they aren't available in just any Vietnamese restaurant. This dish is a hidden treasure typically prepared in a home-cooked environment; I was lucky enough to stumble upon this recipe while staying in a homestay in Hoi An. I love this dish for its gentle and unique flavor, its beautiful bright color, and its medicinal benefits." - Yen Ngo
This recipe gives back to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
CHEF & OWNER YEN NGO'S STORY
Yen Ngo is the chef/owner of Van Đa, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in New York City’s East Village. Van Đa opened in March 2019 and has received rave reviews in both The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as recognition from the 2020 Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand. The intimate restaurant offers a menu that is divided regionally, and is known for its standout renditions of traditional Vietnamese dishes such as banh beo (steamed rice cakes with shrimp and scallion), banh bot loc (pork and shrimp tapioca dumplings), and banh it ram (crispy mochi balls).
Ngo also operates Real Food Catering, a successful NYC-based catering company that specializes in weddings and corporate events. Over the last 14 years, Real Food has partnered with many of New York’s most sought-after event spaces. They offer a full array of catering services from cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, to family-style dinners, to seated meals, to dessert soirées, as well as assistance with event planning and rentals.
After working as an engineer for a few years, Ngo received a full scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier in Washington DC to attend L’Academie de Cuisine. She trained in restaurants across the country before moving to NYC to start Real Food Catering.