When the Food You Rejected as a Kid Becomes Trendy
“FOE!” he had yelled, when really, phở is more graceful than that.
An Uong is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a current Creative Nonfiction MFA candidate at Emerson College. Her writing is forthcoming or has appeared in Catapult, Skin Deep Magazine, Wildness Journal, Roads and Kingdoms, and elsewhere. She lives in New England, where she can be found camping, hiking, or rock climbing when she’s not running after a bus or subway. Find her online: @anuonganuong.
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This Eid will not be Eid until I’ve spent time crying and laughing, describing the aromas of foods that are not here.
I sought a cherished symbol from my own childhood, not a standardized emblem of all Indonesian culture, which I can’t and shouldn’t pretend is all mine to take.