Author:hChef Tu David Phu
Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French in 1857 to accommodate French colonialist's palates. However, fresh cow's milk, a staple French coffee accompaniment, would yet to be imported. Considering, Vietnam's inaccessibility to fresh cow's milk, sweetened condensed milk was used instead. But it wasn't until the early 1900s, that the French started to import their cafe culture into Vietnam. Specifically, Vietnam's capital city, Ha Noi; a major urban center for primary status. And like all major urban centers, they act as the center of hierarchy for culture. It would only take a few decades for French coffee culture to be permanently instilled in Vietnam.
Prep Time: 5 MIN
Cook Time: 5 MIN
Total Time: 10 MIN
6 oz., Boiling Water
2 tablespoons, Omni's Signature Blend [ground]
2 tablespoons, Condense Milk
1-2 cups of ice
Oakland native Chef Tu David Phu is a first-generation Vietnamese-American culinary luminary. His distinguished culinary style of Vietnamese-California Cusine reflects a unique range of cooking cultures- from American classics, traditional European to his mother's home cooking. Tu's family comes from the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Since 1895 his family has operated a small-batch artisanal Phu Quoc fish sauce company. Through his family's business and mother's love for cooking, food has played an integral part in his upbringing fueling his passion for being a chef.
After attending culinary school, Chef Tu’s culinary experiences included the nation's top Michelin-rated restaurants: Chez Panisse, Quince, Acquerello, Daniel Boulud, Breslin, Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern. He also served as an Executive Chef of Gather in Berkeley, California. After a decade into the restaurant industry, he left to concentrate on his weekly pop-up dinners focused on a Vietnamese tasting menu that reflected his childhood and culinary talents. His novel pop-up series opened doors for him; in 2017 San Francisco Chronicle recognized him as a Rising Star Chef. After, he was a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Season 15 and was a host for ABC’s Taste Buds: Chefsgiving. In 2019, Oakland culinary maven Chef Tu won the James Beard Smart Catch Later for his advocacy in sustainable seafood practices and as an educator, sharing flavors and treasures of his heritage through food.
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