Home in a Bowl of Noodles | Gastro Obscura x The Maine Office of Tourism

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For owner and founder of CÔNG TỬ BỘT, Vien Dobui, it all comes down to noodles—specifically, his uncle’s noodle bowl. When the news came down that his uncle was thinking of retiring, Dobui flew back to Vietnam to learn the art of making noodles, eventually bringing it back to Portland, Maine. It’s a testament to how food and the taste of home can transcend borders and time, bridging both the past and future.

This video was sponsored by Maine Office of Tourism.

Gastro Obscura’s series Sparked explores how one special bite can change an entire life. In every episode, our diverse roster of rotating guests—featuring chefs, food historians, scientists, artists, and other industry professionals—will take us on a journey in their kitchens. They’ll each answer the same question: What “Spark Food” rewired your brain, showed you that food was more than fuel, and kick-started the journey to become who you are today? Dig in to see which dishes, ingredients, recipes, and places sparked path-shifting culinary revelations.

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