Graphic Designer, Artist, Foodie
Thanks for stopping by! A little more about myself and this site…I ’ve had hungryviki.com since my college years, over a decade ago. Since the beginning, the site has gone through dozens of changes and makeovers. Through all those years of changes though, it had always displayed my love for food, art, music, and a little about random everyday-things I do. It was a place for me to enjoy website building.
The site went dormant for a couple years, when life got busy and I had other priorities that prevented me from having much free time. Fast forward to today, I wanted to bring it back to life and continue filling it with all the things I’m passionate about. I literally have thousands of food photos starting from the first time I got my own digital camera.
I’ve documented over almost two decades worth of things I cooked and places I’ve eaten at. I thought it would be great to finally do something with all those photos, so I decided to organize it onto this website. On here you’ll find recipes for a lot of my favorite Vietnamese dishes I ate growing up, fun food experiments, dishes I’ve enjoyed at restaurant and tried to replicate at home, and quick healthy meals for those who don’t have time. In general, I like cooking with simple ingredients and with items I usually already have in my pantry or fridge. I also enjoy figuring shortcuts and substitutes for recipes to cut down on time or when I’m missing an ingredient.
If you have any requests for recipes or food experimenting, please message me! I love being adventurous and taking on cooking challenges and experiments.
I grew up in the Northern Virginia/DC area and lived in Philadelphia for about 8 years.
In the Fall 2010, my work was relocating and I needed to decide if I wanted to move out of the comfort of my hometown and to a city I’ve never been before. It was a big gamble whether or not I would like living there or not. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned to live independently and learned a lot about myself in the process. I loved the city so much, I lived there for almost 8 years. In that time, I indulged in all the natural beauty of Philly and surrounding area. I lived right by Wissahickon Park, in a little suburban area called Chestnut Hill. Wissahickon Park was a scenic and peaceful woodland paradise, just a 5 minute walk away from my apartment. Center City and the downtown areas were just a 15 minute drive away, where I would enjoy walks around the city, grabbing a bite with friends, or just sitting by the water.
Visits from my Virginia and Maryland friends were always the best and something I always looked forward to. For one, I knew it always involved eating delicious food from a list of various restaurants they compiled or visiting iconic places and parks in the city. There were a couple of months where I ate cheesesteaks almost every weekend, because that’s one of the first requests everyone wanted to eat when they visited Philly. I’ve definitely had my fair share of cheesesteaks living there. It is a city full of life and art. There were large murals painted on the walls of buildings throughout the city, somethings I’ve always enjoyed admiring during rides or walks around Philly. It has its charms and its quirks. I’ve made so many great memories there, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I had lived in a strict Asian household growing up and this independence and freedom was exactly what I needed to experience before I even think about settling down and starting a family.
Today I am back in Virginia, juggling a busy life with my little family of four. I moved back for my parents, as they are getting older now and wish to be close to me and their grandkids. Now I’m enjoying cooking and learning new dishes for my family and just taking in this new chapter of my life. The photo on the right pretty much sums up my current life!