I first tried natto when I was interning at a boutique advertising agency in Vancouver. During that time, I lived with my cousin and his roomate on Burnaby Mountain, commuted to work in Yaletown and occasionally visited friends in Richmond. This trip was an eye-opener for me, both professionally and personally. Not only was it my first job in the design field, it was also my first time experiencing that you did not need a car to get places, cooking (yikes!) and eating avocados (I know!) among many other things. I came back a changed person, and somehow, Vancity had turned me into a foodie.
How did I ever live without knowing this delicious sautéed pork neck and kimchi recipe? When my aunt first cooked this for me, I was hooked. The explosion of flavour, the spicy tang, the crunch in the kimchi, the spring in the pork neck, my brain short-circuited and I was undoubtedly in foodie heaven.