Prairie Ave North was gifted this gorgeous cookbook (and another I’ll write about soon) that I have been loving. The hand-pulled noodles Ash Street South and I made during her visit northward were drawn from a recipe in this book, with delicious results. I was halfway through reading To Asia With Love before realizing the author was the very same lovely person behind one of my favorite blogs, Arthur Street Kitchen! Clearly I wasn’t reading the header of her blog, which has Hetty McKinnon’s name right at the top, LOL.

My lunch today is an homage to Hetty. In the cookbook, she ruminates about growing up Asian in Australia, and how food was a crucial component to figuring out her ethnic identity. Much like the recipes she has in the book, the dish above has a Vietnamese-inspired pho base with some Korean twists in the addition of tofu, turnips, and gochujang, all boiled together into a pan-Asian hot pot for lunch this afternoon.