My parents were the first generation in our family to reside in the United States and started their lives with literally nothing, but a few sets of clothes and $30. Working 60-80 hours a week to make ends meet, my parents left the cooking to us.
We love to stray away from the traditional recipes and try out different flavors and ingredients, basically adding our own flair to the dishes. Our mom would scold us for straying away from the original recipe that she passed down to us, but she liked the new flavors.
As we grew up, the internet came along and introduced us to a wide variety of different cultures’ food. Our love for Southeast Asian cuisine evolved. We don’t like to stick with one cultures’ food. We wanted the freedom to mix different cultures with one another. Some days we want to eat kimchi with Vietnamese grilled pork.
Thus, Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen was born, giving people the freedom to mix and match different Asian flavors. We are here to fuel people’s creativity.