About Charles Phan

Charles Phan

Charles Phan is the James Beard award-winning executive chef and owner of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door and six other restaurants. He’s also the author of a cookbook by the same name, The Slanted Door. Born in Da Lat, Vietnam in 1962, Phan and his family relocated to Guam just before the fall of Saigon. They spent two years there before settling in San Francisco in 1977. Following his lifelong passion for food, Phan opened The Slanted Door in 1995. He was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2011. @charlesphansf

Clay pot filled with Vietnamese caramel chicken pieces and cilantro on a wooden table

Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

Vietnamese caramel chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that tastes authentic as heck even if you don’t use a clay pot when you make it. Sorta like dessert for dinner.