"This is another good hack, these seasoning packs are for different dishes, so instead of you making your own blend for phở, you can use these. They're kind of like bouillon cubes, but all the spices are in there for very specific dishes. You've got beef stew, chicken curry, etc."
"The thing about food that I think makes it unique to music or art or other creative fields, is that everyone must eat,” Pham says. “You don't have to listen to music or you won't die if you don't, but with food you do. And on top of that, everyone has a particular taste that they like and to me it's frustrating when people have a taste that they like, but they can't produce it or describe it to you. I'm not a fortune teller. So, I think people should be able to know what they like and why they like it, but that only comes through experimentation. You'll talk to people who just like to eat, but they don't know why they like what they like."
Before we check out, Pham adds this last bit of advice for getting started, “If you have a recipe of a dish that you have in mind to make, grab those things and maybe try to find one new thing that you've never seen or used before and then play around and experiment with that. Pick a jar that looks interesting, spend a few bucks, and try it out. The first thing is building confidence because you'll soon say, 'Oh, I can do this,’ or ‘This is not as hard as I thought!' And then the next thing you know, you're looking forward to trying something new. But you first have to build a little confidence and experiment a bit."