Friends since high school, Melbourne mums, Kim (38) and Suong (38) plan to show Australia what real Vietnamese food is.
Suong reveals, "We're both Vietnamese and we're both refugees. I came here when I was five on a homemade boat. I've never been to a five-star restaurant before. I never say no to food. I eat everything."
"Our friendship grew because we understand each other very well," Kim tells. "It's thanks to our parents that we're here and having a good life."
Immensely proud of their culture and their food, these "supermums" have seven children between them.
"When I grew up we didn't have much to eat so I always want to make sure my four kids are happy and fed," Suong shares.
"What we didn't have we are trying to give to our kids now," mum-of-three Kim explains. "We definitely appreciate and understand the value of food."
"Being a mother changed our lives," Suong admits. "We lost ourselves. Our life is about the kids. So being on MKR is about doing something for us. We're here because we're passionate about food."
"We're doing this for ourselves and for our families. We want to make them proud," Kim says. "It's going to be hectic but we're mums, we're used to it."
We cook with love and passion and try to use every bit of an ingredient to minimise waste. For example, we use the carrot skin, orange skin and roots in our cooking.
IN THE KITCHEN
Kim is more assertive, especially when it comes to timing and presentation. Suong is in charge of the cooking. They write their own recipes and wing it when required.
Kim: Oxtail stew because it's nutritious, full of flavour and my children love it.
Suong: Vietnamese pork and seafood noodle soup. At first glance it looks simple but it'll catch you by surprise with its depth of flavour. The more you eat the better it gets. It's my kids' favourite dish.
Kim would love to open a restaurant or café while Suong wants to build a new career in the food industry.