Oof, it’s been a crazy hectic couple of weeks leading up to the San Francisco Street Food Fest. Thanks again to everyone for voting Rau Om and our Nem Chua into the craziest crowdedliest food fest we’ve ever seen. Thanks also to everyone who stopped by during the Food Fest. We’ve heard from many Vietnamese that nem chua was too much of a delicacy for non-Southeast Asian taste, so we were glad to get such positive response from people who tasted nem chua for the first time at the food fest. We can’t tell you how many times we were asked where our restaurant was, and had to reply that for now Nem Chua and other items were available by mail-order only, but that we’ll be coming soon to Sunnyvale Farmers’ market. After a day to recover from our crazy adventure, time to get back to work to prepare for this next phase, with hopefully more of this:
Oh yeah, we’ve got more pictures from the Street Food Fest – thanks to Lainey for being our official photographer. She’s also in the middle in the picture above – I don’t know how that worked. Also thanks to Viet and Huong for stopping by and helping to direct people to our frequently obscured booth.
But before we get to more pictures from yesterday, we’d like to give a shout-out to Real-Time Farms, a foodie social network / “crowd-sourced online food guide” founded by our friend Karl. It’s a great platform for farmers, food artisans, and foodies to track ingredients from farms to markets or restaurants – so join up if you’d like to know where your food came from. (We’ll be on there soon, too!) We had reached out to Karl during the Street Food Fest voting and he was kind enough to pass the word on to the rest of his team. We were then asked if we would like to do a guest post on Rediscovering the Art of Making Vietnamese Cured Meat, which of course we did. Thanks to Lindsay-Jean for giving us the opportunity. We love talking about food!