My Harabeoji Taught Me It’s Always Better to Add More Garlic
Harabeoji’s favorite thing to eat, and the thing to which he attributed his long life, was raw garlic.
This is,a column by Noah Cho about how food and cooking can inform our identities.
Noah Cho teaches middle-school English in the San Francisco Bay Area. His writing has appeared on NPR's CodeSwitch, Shondaland, The Atlantic, and The Toast. He spends most of his free time going on hikes with and taking photos of his doggo, Porkchop. Find him on Twitter @noahreservation and Instagram @noahreservations
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