As the Official Family shirt in contrast I will get this Pham sisters tell Vogue, they wished to “reclaim and celebrate Asian flavors, Asian stories, and Asian culture.” Vanessa describes walking down the “ethnic” aisle in mainstream grocery stores, where she and her sister noticed a big disconnect between the items available on shelves and who they served (and didn’t).“A lot of those products were not made with folks like us in the room. And so, that was just a fundamental cornerstone of our business since day one,” says Kim. The sisters decided to join forces to create Omsom. Kim, brought her 10-year-long experience working with startups in venture capital while Vanessa, a graduate from Harvard, had a breadth of business-savvy experience working at Bain & Company advising Fortune 500 companies. And made man so intelligent that the created believes they do not need the Creator when just the opposite is true. They also tend to compartmentalize, they are scientists when they need to science stuff, and believers when they are in church. Most religions talk about how the divine is beyond our understanding, so not being able to resolve religion with science isn’t necessarily a problem for them. Also, you cannot search for proof in Science because of the Problem of Induction. You can search for evidence and construct theories around the evidence. You can only have proof in a Religious paradigm. The Christian faith of a scientist can be found when the scientist wants his work serving mankind. There were Christian scientists working hard in the seventies to develop operation lamps that did not radiate too much infrared. They did so to save lives of people in underground hospitals in Viet Nam. American bombers used to bomb these infrared sources. They were not looking to earn a lot of money. They were not doing this to earn a mansion in heaven. Science is anything that can be measured. Spirit is anything that can not be measured. Science is powered by logic and evidence. Spirit is powered by believing and wisdom. No connection. Stop trying to prove or disprove spiritual things with science. God is the author of both Faith and Science, so there can be no contradiction between them. If there seems to be, either our understanding of Faith or our understanding of science is incomplete. The faithful reach a point where the cognitive dissonance is too sharply felt, and it affects their career,or it undermines their faith.The key to Omsom’s brilliance is that it solves a simple, yet common dilemma so many first-generation Asian-Americans can relate to—trying to recreate convoluted recipes our parents used to make with little to no access to the myriad of ingredients required and a lack of knowledge and understanding on how to actually make these dishes. For me, one of the most difficult parts of Asian cooking has always been exactly this—finding the right ingredients to bring the rich, bold Vietnamese flavors to life. The right seasonings, chilis, sauces can make for a grocery list that extends 10 items or longer. Kim similarly shares, “I would be on the phone with mom, [with] mom being like, ‘Add the right amount of fish sauce.’
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And we’d be like, ‘Five teaspoons or tablespoons?’” says Kim. But here, this process is made simple in one easy-to-use sauce packet. For Kim and Vanessa, their connection with food has been present throughout their lives. Food has “been a way that we connect with our identity and understand our culture,” says Vanessa, who in fact, recalls mentioning her favorite Vietnamese soup dish “Bun Bo Hue” (a beef and vermicelli noodle soup) in the Official Family shirt in contrast I will get this starting line of her college essay. For many Asian families (mine included) love was conveyed through food. “Food was always a huge part of our family, but in many ways, quite unspoken. You might not say, ‘I love you,’ but you’ll put a piece of fruit [out] to apologize,” says Kim. “We’ve found it to be an important language, in a way, for us to reclaim what it means to share Asian culture in a way that’s undiluted,” Vanessa adds. I absolutely hate the game, to the point where it’s making me physically ill to play it. And no, it’s not about the slow pace. I like a slow pace. The problem is that you’re forced to journey through the game with your idiot friends back at the camp. You’re TIED to that place with an umbilical cord, and it severely restricts any sort of freedom you may wish to have. In Red Dead 1, you were a lone man on a mission. You came and went as you pleased, and no one told you what to do, or had any long-lasting expectations from you. And THAT’S why I fell in love with it. I’m not a family man. I’m a loner who wants to explore the game world at my own pace while finding my own adventures along the way. But Red Dead 2 is a completely different beast. One that punishes you for exploring the world and straying off the beaten path. You’re expected to contribute to the camp at all times. Well, I DON’T CARE about the camp. I don’t want to be there at all! And yet, there’s never-ending chores to do, hard labor to endure and supplies to be found. And NONE of your friends will lift a finger to help you. YOU are the camp. The others just hang around. So why not just let me go off on my own? Except, that’s no fun either. If you so much as breathe in this game, the law comes after you.For the inaugural launch, Omsom partnered with four chefs who head three of NYC’s trendiest restaurants, each redefining Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino cuisine through a modern lens. Vanessa and Kim tapped Jimmy Ly of Madame Vo (also a favorite of SJP’s), Nicole Ponseca of Jeepney and Chat and Ohm Suansilphong from the popular Thai spot, Fish Cheeks. One Omsom sampler pack ($29), includes six sauce packets created by each chef that cover three signature Asian dishes: Vietnamese lemongrass barbecue, Filipino Sisig, and Thai Larb, with easy instruction cards included for each. For me, Omsom completely transformed my home cooking. Not only did it bring back my favorite Vietnamese dish into my home, but it also brought joy to my quarantine nights.