Fresh Market Finds with Rose Duong

By Rose Duong / Photography By Kaitlyn McQuaid | Last Updated August 01, 2017
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Rose Duong

Chef Rose Duong immigrated to the United States from Vietnam as a child in 1975, after the fall of Saigon. When she and her family settled in Chicago, they literally felt a world away from home.

“We’d walk the aisles of the supermarket and there was nothing we recognized as food,” Rose says. “No produce or spices. The only rice was Uncle Ben’s.”

In the years since, she has adapted to the Midwest and its seasonal produce, and earned a Michelin star as executive chef at Kingsbury Street Café in Chicago. In addition to becoming a personal caterer to Oprah Winfrey and running the Harpo Studios employee café, Rose and her family ran Work of Art bakery, creating legendary and award-winning cakes.

At home in her kitchen, she blends her favorite flavors from her heritage with the seasonal vegetables and meats of the Midwest.

Vietnamese Kohlrabi Salad with Grilled Beef Tenderloin

kohlarabi
Kohlrabi is a unique vegetable that is overlooked. Some people get confused and think it is a turnip. There are many ways this vegetable can be eaten. You can roast it, you can stir-fry it, you can...

Grilled Eggplant Steak with Ponzu Sauce

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This recipe came about when my cousin from LA visited and brought with him a bottle of ponzu sauce and lots of small jars of fermented yuzu and pepper paste known as yuzu kosho. For those who are not...
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