Wisdom From Viola Vue, Kitchen Manager at CulinaryLab School in Tustin

On her favorite dish to cook and her go-to egg roll ingredients.

Viola Vue, a first-generation American of Hmong descent, is the kitchen manager at CulinaryLab School in Tustin. She lives with her husband and family in Costa Mesa.

 

On the family meal …

Everyone gets caught up with their busy lives, but having a meal together allows time to sit down, relax, and grow as a family.

Making a place for kids in the kitchen …

Cooking should be fun, not a chore. When we get a chance to make egg rolls, we make a whole day of it—rolling, frying, and eating them.


Egg roll ingredients …

Ground pork, cabbage, carrots, wood ear mushrooms, bean thread vermicelli, cilantro, and my not-so-secret ingredient, cheese.

Favorite dish to cook …

A Hmong dish: khao poun. It’s a coconut curry noodle soup with shredded chicken, ground pork, and bamboo shoots, topped with herbs and veggies, and served
with vermicelli.

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