Chả Cá Lã Vọng – Fried Fish with Turmeric & Dill

I wish I had a travel memory of eating Chả Cá Lã Vọng in Hanoi but alas, this will need to go on the bucket list. We did not partake of this tasty fish dish when we visited Vietnam two lifetimes ago. Regardless, this is one of my favorites and below is my working attempt […]

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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: Vietnamese banana cake recipe / banh chuối nướng

This recipe is all about the banana and is more ‘bread pudding’ than cake. Ideally eat this treat while still warm with maybe some whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream but it is still good once cooled. No matter what though: cut yourself some crusty edge pieces right out of the oven, tell everyone you are trimming off the […]

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Vietnamese Style Baked Savory Sweet Hoisin Chicken Wings and Beef Meatballs

In other words …… Cánh gà nướng tương and Chả Đùm! I am often asked if I cook Vietnamese food, given that my hubs and inlaws are from Vietnam. The answer is I can but my MIL often brings us food, so if I cook it is not Asian. I don’t want to hear the […]

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You Can Bánh Tráng Anything: Exhibit 3 Dumplings & Kale

In the continuing March 20th Case of bánh tráng-ing anything, would the jury please now direct their attention to Exhibit 3: Dumplings a la Bánh Tráng. For detailed instructions and tutorial on wrapping with rice paper please visit this blog post for opening arguments. So far we have bahn trang’d: salmon, spicy Korean beef and […]

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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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