“A special dish from ‘Phu Chiem’ in Quang Nam Provence, where it was created,” reads the menu at this casual, verging on slapdash, spot far from the more gentrified precincts of downtown Oakland. It’s one sign of the seriousness with which chef Geoffrey Deetz returned from sixteen years of living in Vietnam, intent on cooking authentic Vietnamese food. The dish consists of shrimp, pork, quail egg, peanuts, herbs, and more, all aswim among fat, slippery noodles atop a bed of sesame leaf, mint, lettuce, and banana blossom. It’s an unfolding riot of texture in every bite.
Born and raised in Hayward, Dr. Jason Fung is an alumnus of Head-Royce School in Oakland, Yale University, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his dermatology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Fung returned to the East Bay in 2004 and has been in private practice ever since.