Stefan Nguyen loves introducing Americans to Vietnamese food.
“One time I recommended a dish that had fish sauce,” he said of a friend who had never tried Vietnamese food. “So I made sure to tell her to try a little first before she went full on into it. I looked kind of scared when she started eating it — but she loved it.”
“I underestimated her palate and her sense of smell,” said Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at age 13. “What I learned is that you can never underestimate people’s ability to explore or their willingness to try things.”
Every Friday night, Nguyen organizes a dinner at one of the many Vietnamese or Vietnamese fusion...