According to the Washington Post's Luz Lazo, Vietnamese restaurants depend on Hispanic workers for survival. Reportedly, newer generations of Vietnamese-Americans are staying in school, obtaining professional jobs and as a result "don't want to stay in the kitchen, and the older generation are getting old already."
When the head cook of Viet Taste in Falls Church gets an order for a plate of Bun Cha Hanoi, he knows exactly what to do.
He has cooked the pork dish -- with vermicelli noodles, greens and pickled vegetables -- countless times and knows exactly how much fish sauce and fresh herbs to add.
Outside his kitchen, the customers, most of them Vietnamese, are expecting authentic Vietnamese cuisine. German Sierra, born in Honduras, makes sure they get it.
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