Whenever I tell my parents that we’re coming to visit, my dad emails, “Mom asks what you would like to eat.” She takes requests from my siblings and their kids, as if she’s a restaurant chef. My response for Father’s Day was vague, “Maybe we can cook something on that grill we bought you for Christmas?” I was trying to get her to use the grill instead of her broiler or lighting a charcoal fire. Mom is 81 years old!
Rory and I arrived on Sunday for lunch and my dad greeted us with rose wine and said, “We’re having pork two ways!” It’s been about a year since Bo Gia had two stent implants and he was looking mighty good. My mom was in an equally cheery mood when she announced that she’d made two northern Vietnamese pork dishes, Hanoi-style bun cha and pork belly marinated in the style of dog. I know that sounds weird but my mom said she was inspired by my banh mi hot dog tips and also the one on Bo Gia’s wellness tip that included eating more turmeric.