A Baltimore restaurant owner has just granted one of its customer’s requests of Tempura Broccoli after driving six hours to Vermont. The customer who was dying from lung cancer made the request late on Thursday afternoon.
The customer’s son-in-law wondered about how to get her favorite broccoli tempura. When 30-year-old Steven Chu who co-founds two Ekiben restaurants in Baltimore read the mail Brandon Jones, the customer’s son-in-law, had sent on Thursday, March 11, he knew he could do something about the request.
Jones was very surprised when he saw the email Chu sent claiming he was up to the task. Jones and Rina, his wife, were getting ready to leave for Vermont to visit Rina’s mother.
Anytime Rina’s mother visited them in Baltimore, she always went to Ekiben in Fells Point to order her favorite; tempura broccoli garnished with diced onions, fresh herbs, and fermented cucumber vinegar.
Jone’s mother-in-law who requested that her name should not be published has always loved that broccoli.
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38-year-old Rina recalled that her mother has always said that she would like to have her favorite on her death bed. She said when she called her mom to ask if she needed anything, she said ‘tempura broccoli.’
Rina said that when she learned that the Baltimore restaurant owner was going to prepare the dish, she was very happy. The next day after Chu accepted the offer, he loaded his truck with a cooler and hot plate, and then went with his business partner to Vermont.
Rina maintained that her mother got hooked to the broccoli tempura the very first time she took her mother to the restaurant.
To me, it was a huge honor to be able to help fulfill the family’s wishes. This is about her, not us. There was a lot of good, positive energy in doing this.Chu