Cover Photo: Photographs by su-lin, Kirk K, TFurban, jamiefrater/Flickr
Photographs by su-lin, Kirk K, TFurban, jamiefrater/Flickr

Korean Comfort Foods of Our Pandemic Dreams

Columnist Noah Cho on pandemic food cravings, home cooking adventures, and much-missed restaurants.

One non-Korean dish I’ve longed for is pho—I’m not confident in my own ability to make it, and in my opinion it isn’t as satisfying once it’s picked up and brought back, reconstructed, and eaten at home. I miss going to Vietnamese restaurants and having the old aunties and uncles gruffly take my order, feeling a little unsure whether they’ve heard me but knowing at the same time that they probably did and my order will be right.

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Feeling Asian

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.