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June 2021

CHEF PROFILE
Chef Hue-Chan Karels' Recipe for Life and Living

Written and Photographed by Douglas Merriam
When it comes to cooking and living, Santa Fe chef Hue-Chan (pronounced "Way-Chen") Karels has been profoundly influenced by her Vietnamese grandmothers and mother.
Chef Hue-Chan Karels pours passion into every dish she makes. Her enthusiasm infuses her private parties, catered events, cooking classes, and other culinary experiences. Add to that her boundless energy and brilliant smile and you've got a recipe for success.

April 27, 2021

Among Open Kitchen's many offerings are curated, interactive dining experiences.

February 12, 2021

Complex Carryout: Three Santa Fe restaurants excel at serving multicourse meals to-go

Clockwise from top, Vietnamese pickles, prawn chips, roasted peanuts; fish sauce, ginger and honey chicken wings; green papaya salad with lemon grass and chile beef jerky. (Molly Boyle/For the Journal)

The Importance of Bánh Chưng to the Vietnamese People

Bánh chưng or chưng cake is a traditional Vietnamese rice cake made from simple local ingredients such as glutinous rice, mung beans, and pork, wrapped in banana leaves and boiled or steamed. It is an irreplaceable, must-have food item to celebrate Tết Nguyên Đán, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (known simply as “Tết”), which means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day of Spring.” Banh chưng is served with pickled onions or vegetables and savory fish, pork, or beef. The making and eating of bánh chưng during Tết is a well-preserved tradition of the Vietnamese people.

January 26, 2021

BÁNH CHƯNG (RICE CAKE) Early Winter 2020, Recipes BY HUE-CHAN KARELS

KTRC – 103.7 Talk Radio Podcast

with Cheryl Alters Jamison

January 16, 2021

Heating it Up!