Cơm tấm - Vietnamese broken rice. Typically a breakfast dish, it’s served with all different meat options: grilled chicken, pork belly, pork chop, chicken wings, chicken feet, intestines...the list goes on. (And it’s all DELICIOUS. The intestine is actually my favorite.) My three aunts have ran a rice shop out of their house - for the equivalent of $1-2 USD a plate - EVERY morning save Lunar New Year week and whenever they travel if we’re in town. It started with my grandma over 50 years ago; they wake up at 3 am and work prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning until about 4 pm every day. Customers have been regulars for over 20 years, and even recognize me from when I was a child, and come from all over the city to eat at my aunts’. They’ve never pursued another career, or even entertained the thought of leaving the family. Their love and hope for me is immaculate, and their lives keep me humble and grateful. If you’re ever in Vinh Long, you won’t regret stopping by. Tell them Bích (my Việt name) sent you!