What is Heo Yeah Yum?
A food blog of epic portions! (Just kidding. I’m a writer by trade. Can you tell?)
My name is Stacy Nguyen and I’ve always been very interested in food—perhaps that interest borders on obsessive. I used to watch PBS cooking shows with my sibilings and mom (shout out to Nick Stellino) and would occasionally get into cooking bouts as a child. The food was never really good. It didn’t have to be good because my mom was my safety net, there to brutally criticize before ripping pans out of my hands and fixing my mistakes. Needless to say, I thought I was a pretty awesome cook.
I learned the truth when I moved out on my own. My junk was gross. And I found myself missing Vietnamese food (the food of my childhood) pretty fiercely. So I got serious about learning how to cook. Heo Yeah Yum is a recipes blog with a special emphasis on Vietnamese American food, though it won’t be exclusively Vietnamese, as I have a sick love of dairy.
What does heo mean?
Among South Vietnamese speakers, heo means pork (and pig). Pork is prominently featured in a lot of Vietnamese food, more so than any other meat, I believe. Incidentally, it sounds like “hell,” minus the L-sound. The end of the word curves into a W.