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." - Chef Yen
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. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.
As a child hunger organization, ending childhood hunger is our primary focus, though Share Our Strength continues to invest in and develop other campaigns.
CHEF & OWNER YEN NGO'S STORY
Yen Ngo is chef/owner of Van Da, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. Van Da opened in March 2019 and has received favorable reviews in 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).
Ms. 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 in as an engineer for a few years, Ms Ngo received a full scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier in Washington DC to attend L’Academie de Cuisine. She has since trained in restaurants across the country before moving to NYC to start Real Food Catering.