At least once a month, I get a sad feeling in my gut and it’s from missing my parents. I probably sound like a big baby, but I don’t think you ever get too old to miss your parents when you leave home. And I am told you miss and love your parents even more when you have your own children
I was lucky to live really close to my parents for quite a few years. So everytime I was too lazy to cook, I would drop by. Whenever I was sick, I would conveniently come home to be taken care of by the best care giver I know, my mother.
However, home is not as close as it used to be. Every few weeks, I start to miss my parents. I miss my mom’s terrific Vietnamese cooking, I miss my dad’s gentle reminder to eat and stay healthy. I know asian parents tend to smother their children, but in a cold world, it’s very reassuring to know your parents will always be there for you, no matter what.
I have one routine that makes me feel like my parents are close by. I like to make home made fish sauce. It’s fairly simple but if still feels like a chore sometimes. I usually use Momofoku’s recipe as a starting point but I always alter it. For instance, the recipe calls for 3 thai chilies, which is totally not enough. I usually triple / quadruple the recommended lime juice too. When I finish making the fish sauce, I get a warm feeling and hope that my mom is somewhere in the suburbs, proud that I am continuing this Vietnamese tradition.