[for the love of food]
For me, this project really came from the heart. Vietnamese food has been my favorite cuisine for many years now, and a visit to Vietnam only made me love it more (the above image is actually a meal I had outside of Nha Trang).
The balance of bright and savory and spicy, almost always spiked with the umami of fish sauce, hits my palette like no other cuisine. It was exciting to learn the intention behind this balance through my research.
This led me to the insight about the flexibility of the ingredients, typically there is some form of: rice, vegetable, herb, sauce and spice. While user-created outcomes may not always build a precise dish, they can easily be approximated to the closest option, with the differences made clear.