Bò lá lốt : Grilled Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaf

Đồ ăn nhậu is Vietnamese for ‘drinking food’ or snacks/appetizers. Think of this like tasty small plates to share and enjoy all the flavors. Thịt bò nướng lá lốt or bò lá lốt is one of my favorites but there are variations of flavors. The basis is beef (thịt bò), variations of spices, fish sauce (nước mấm) and wrapped in […]

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Mama Truong’s Fish Sauce: Nước mắm recipe

Nước mắm (fish sauce) or more officially Nước mắm pha (mixed fish sauce or fish sauce ‘vinegarette’), although never really referred to as such, is THE cornerstone dipping sauce to Vietnamese cuisine. This simple yet complex sauce is the marker by which I judge Vietnamese restaurants and cooks (yes, I am also silently judging you if you […]

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ngọt: gingery sweet beans dessert recipe / chè đậu gừng

Hopefully I did not lose you at beans for dessert. Stick with me on this.Bean desserts are common in Vietnamese cuisine (che đậu). Lots of variety and add-ins (pandan, coconut, tapioca pearls). They likely started with digestive benefit in mind, which for this recipe is hypothetically applied given the ginger (gừng). You should just eat […]

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ngọt: sweet Vietnamese coffee jello recipe / thạch cà phê sữa đá

thạch cà phê sữa đá / sweet vietnamese coffee jello recipe Cà phê sữa đá is basically jet fuel with sweetened condensed milk. Big on flavor, caffeine and sweet. Decidedly Vietnamese for sure.  Cảm ơn / thank you / to Amy at thatwinsomegirl.blogspot.com for posting her recipe. She had way prettier cubes than I did but the […]

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You can bánh tráng anything: Exhibit Two Roast Duck

In the March 20th Case of bánh tráng-ing anything, would the jury please now direct their attention to Exhibit 2: Roast Duck with pickled fennel, savory plum sauce and golden shallots a la Bánh Tráng. This was an awesome way to use up some left over roast duck and broken rice. For detailed instructions and […]

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