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The supper club is held in my home in London Fields, Hackney. It is like a dinner party in the tradition of a Vietnamese feast with homemade Vietnamese food.



Vietnamese food is about the balance of flavours, of sweet, salty and sour – there is no measuring device that can ever match your own taste buds.

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My Mum & Her Carpenters

By Leluu

My mum is the most amazing woman I have ever met. I would say that because she is my mum. And because I am her daughter, I know her so well, all my life – that I qualify when I say that she is the most amazing woman I have ever met.

The Three Of Us – Saigon 1980

When I was little, I used to write to my father all the time. He left her when my brother was 5 and I was 7. We had only just been in the UK for 2 years, he put us into school and got us housing from the council, then disappeared.

As I learned how to write and speak in English, I used to scribble away with my bic pen, pushing hard onto the paper as I go, causing my middle right hand finger to enlarge. I used to write how much we all missed him, which made my mum sad and cry. She didn’t really know where to send it – so she just sent it to my Grandmother – in hope that soon enough she would pass it onto my father. She was confident that I will be a writer when I grew up.

My mum thought my writing was brilliant because it moved her – although, in all fairness, she was probably just moved by the subject. When my brother and I were on school holidays or at the weekends, we used to play my dad’s records. He had a large collection of LPs that he left behind– he was really into music and had a great late 70s and 80s collection of everything from The Bee Gees, Abba, Blondie to Richard Clayderman.

One of our favourites was The Carpenters – we used to mimick in between playing ‘post office’ with her hair comb, ‘why do birds, suddenly appear…every time, you are near?’ My mum would believe that we were good enough to become pop stars.

And so, she worked day and night, not only to feed us but to invest in our future: she bought us a brand new piano. She wanted my brother and I to be like The Carpenters.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t keep up on piano lesson fees since we couldn’t even practice on it because the walls were too thin for the neighbours to bare –blah blah black sheep.

My mum bought us up believing in anything we did and supported it no matter how grand (or silly) the idea. From helping me open a boutique to looking after my dog whilst I traveled the world to taking my shoes to be repaired (as she knows how much I love shoes). Sometimes, she helps us at the supper club to make sure that we get all our Vietnamese dishes spot on, traditional and completely yummy.

I love my mum. She loves to cook. She loves to eat and I learn everything Vietnamese from her.

Here is what we made last week thanks to my mum:

‘Morning Glory’?

Banh Cuon With Pork Belly
Prawn & Squid Paste in Sugar Cane?
Chicken Salad (or Crab, Pork & Egg Terrine)?
BBQ Spare Ribs
Bun Bo Hue?
Lemongrass Beef & Peanuts In Vine Leaf?
Coconut Sorbet
  • What an adorable story.. so sweet 🙂 I can imagine your mum would make the most delicious and authentic Vietnamese food!

  • When it was Mother’s Day in the UK earlier this year we had all the Sluttery Mums take over and write a guest post, we had so much fun. Mums are awesome.

    You’ve just reminded me I should call mine later today 🙂

  • This is just so sweet. I miss my mum tremendously.

  • What a lovely post! Your mum would be really pleased to read such kind words! Mum’s are great right??!

  • @catty she does – she doesn’t like it when we do fusion he he

    @siany mums are awesome and waht a great idea to have mums do a guest post on Domestic Sluttery! Should tell my mum how much I love her more. : )

    @Su-Lin I always love how you always comment when its about mums and growing up! Makes me smile. I would miss my mum so much if she didn’t live in London!

    @Gourmet Butcher Thank you! I will show this to my mum tomorrow. She’s off gardening, growing some food. Mums are great!

  • That was so lovely!! It put a smile on my face, but makes me feel guilty for not calling my mother in Sydney more frequently.

    Bad Daughter. I shall make a conscious effort to give her a bell this weekend.

  • What a touching post. If your mom could read this I’m sure she will shed a tear or two…
    I miss my mom too 🙁
    And what a nice picture! 🙂 Cheers to all the great moms that we have. xx

  • Lovely post Chi Uyen and what a precious photograph from when you were younger! My mum had a bunch of photos sent over from Saigon for me to pick some out to display in cafe and I love them all, family memories of people past and present.

    We’ve just opened the cafe near Bank now and my mum is helping out in the kitchen for a couple weeks. Please feel free to come by with your mum anytime and try some food. I think our mums will really get on! Julie x

  • Your Mum sounds so rad, I want to give her big hug!

  • @gourmetbelly
    Do call your mama – she will be so happy to hear from you x

    yeah – my mum would cry if she sees this post – I’ll save it for when I can give her some nice food too

    @Julie Han
    Congratulations! We will both definately come and see your new cafe. Really can’t wait! If your mum loves food, then they will both get on like a house on fire! She can’ stop talking about food.

    She is a cool lady! I want to cuddle her too now x : )

  • Dangerous Variable

    Your mom rocks!!!

  • What a wonderful post, I only hope my daugther says the same about me in years to come!

    Love the picture of you all.


  • @dangerous Variable
    My mum rocks! Thanks for commenting!

    Nuala @dnaequalsfood
    Thank you so much. I am sure she will. Love old photos

  • a darling, heartfelt post. x shayma

  • There is nothing that can substitute the emptiness that a parent can leave behind when they leave our lives, and I know that just too well myself. It seems like your mother has done an amazing job at being both a great mother and also the head of the family. She must be so proud of you.

    Luiz @ The London Foodie