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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month – Anthony Nguyen

Anthony Nguyen

As a first-generation Asian American, I’m excited to celebrate Asian American Heritage Month with you.

Both my parents were refugees from the Vietnam war. My father was part of the Navy, where he was able to travel by naval ships. My mother, on the other hand, arrived by small boat, cramped with hundreds of others. To this day, she still has a fear of going on boats, even a cruise ship. Once arriving in the states, both were relocated to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania (where they met), to be processed and resettled. They were matched with a sponsor who agreed to provide food, clothing, and shelter until they were self-sufficient. In addition, their sponsor also assisted them with employment opportunities. My father worked in many restaurants in his early days in the states. I believe this is where my love for food and cooking began.

Anthony’s favorite foods

May is an excellent month to learn and experience something new as we celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Try something new with friends or family by tasting some of these foods that are part of my Vietnamese culture and traditions.

If you have not tried Vietnamese food, I highly suggest you do! It’s fresh, healthy, and delicious. There’s a really great place to check out in Toledo! Pho Viet Nam.

Some of my favorites:

1. Goi Cuon – Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

2. Pho Ga – Chicken Noodle Soup (Beginners 😊 )

3. Pho Tai Nam – Noodle Soup with Rare Steak and Well Done Brisket (my Go-To)

4. Com Soun, Trung – Rice with Pork Chop topped with a fried egg (when I’m not in the mood for soup)

5. Vietnamese Iced Coffee (when I need a caffeine boost)

6. Strawberry Bubble Tea (when I want something refreshing)


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