May 27, 2006
So I'm in Viet Nam in 1967 teaching school and building wells. And we have Vietnamese cook who is hiding from the RVN and the VC. He cooks VN food, which is basically soup, every night on a small kerosene stove in a small room that 3 of us lived in. The Vietnamese call cilantro, Chinese watercress, I think. But the combination of kerosene and cilantro and his bad cooking drove me off to the Chinese restaurant in the town. So I hate cilantro, with or without the kerosene.